Embezzlement is a type of white collar theft crime that occurs when a person who is entrusted to manage or monitor someone else’s money or property steals or appropriates all or part of it for his or her personal gain. These cases can arise in a variety of ways. Most commonly, a bank teller is accused of taking a bank customer’s money, which they were entrusted to handle or manage; or an officer or employee of a company embezzles corporate funds.

In Florida, embezzlement falls under the crime of theft.

I am Jordan Redavid, a Miami criminal defense attorney ready to fight for your rights and freedom and defend you against embezzlement charges in state and federal court. I have built my practice on my reputation for hard work, fierce advocacy for my clients, and stellar customer service.

Under federal law, there are several types of embezzlement crimes, and they are all to be taken seriously. Because embezzlement involves abuse of power and mistrust, these investigations, even if they never lead to a conviction, can have hugely negative consequences on someone’s life, job, and reputation. Hiring an embezzlement defense lawyer at Redavid Law PLLC immediately can help mitigate the damage.

Embezzlement

If you think you may be in legal trouble, there is no time to waste. I answer calls and emails 24/7. Call Jordan Redavid now at 305-938-9939. Read on to learn more about embezzlement charges and penalties, as well as how I can defend you before and during trial.

What are the penalties for embezzlement in Florida?

The consequences of embezzlement in Florida vary significantly with the amount of money in question, but often include:

  • imprisonment and parole;
  • probation;
  • monetary fines;
  • loss of professional license; and
  • suspension of driver’s license.

Under state law, embezzlement may be charged as a misdemeanor or felony of various degrees. The primary factor is the value of the money or property stolen. However, there are certain factors that increase the penalties even for lesser amounts, such as theft of controlled substances and theft from a dwelling. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the basic guidelines for how embezzlement charges are determined.

  Value of embezzled property Jail/prison time Fines
First degree felony $100,000 or more Up to 30 years Up to $10,000
Second degree felony $20,000 to $100,000 Up to 15 years Up to $10,000
Third degree felony $300 to $20,00 Up to 5 years Up to $5,000
First degree misdemeanor $100 to $300 Up to 1 year Up to $1,000
Second degree misdemeanor Less than $100 Up to 60 days Up to $500

What defenses can a good embezzlement defense lawyer rely on?

Embezzlement is a serious charge, and authorities will aggressively prosecute accused embezzlers. But every case has a defense. Some of the most important potential defenses against a charge of embezzlement are:

Insufficient Evidence. As with any crime, a prosecutor’s embezzlement case hinges on the quantity and quality of evidence against the accused. Each case is different, and some may have relatively little solid evidence against the accused.

Absence of Intent. Embezzlement only occurs if the accused intends to steal the property of another. If the accused could reasonably have thought they were simply doing their job or had a legal claim on the property, or if they did nothing to conceal their actions, these are possible defenses.

Duress. This refers to the belief that some harm may come to you if you do not commit a crime. For instance, an alleged embezzler may genuinely believe that if they do not participate in a scheme hatched by their boss, they will lose their job.

Entrapment. Entrapment occurs when law enforcement leads someone to commit a crime they would not otherwise have committed. Investigators often set up “stings” that give someone the opportunity to commit a crime, and in these cases, entrapment is one possible defense. Entrapment is often a gray area, because we cannot know for sure what an alleged criminal would have done absent government action. But it can be enough to put doubt in the minds of jurors.

A good embezzlement defense attorney knows early on which defensive strategies are strongest in any particular case. I can persuasively argue those defenses both to prosecutors, for dismissal of charges and plea negotiations, and to juries at trial.

Results Matter

As with any criminal charge, my reputation for a willingness to go to trial helps my clients get favorable plea agreements. And when I do go to trial for my clients, I have a reputation for winning. Don’t hire an attorney who rarely sets foot in a courtroom. You deserve better, and you need better.

If you are accused of or under investigation for embezzlement, you need the help of a criminal defense attorney who can outwork and out-think the prosecution. Who is ready to take your case to trial. And who will be available night and day to work with you to get your charges dismissed or obtain a not guilty verdict. Don’t wait any longer. Call me, Jordan Redavid, today so that I can get to work right away on protecting your rights and your freedom.

We answer calls and emails 24/7. Call Jordan Redavid now at 305-938-9939, or email Jordan@RedavidLaw.com.

Additional Services

I handle all varieties of criminal defense, DUI, civil rights and personal injury cases.

1 CRIMINAL DEFENSE

In criminal defense, results matter most. I am able to handle a wide variety of criminal matters successfully, including:

  • Traffic Offenses
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  • DUI
  • Obstruction of Justice
  • Drug Charges
  • Weapons Charges
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2 DUI

I began my career as Miami DUI attorney, and have valuable experience protecting individuals facing a DUI charge.

  • DUI Defense Options
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  • Refusing Breath/Blood/Urine
  • Field Sobriety Exercises
  • Intoxilyzer 8000
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3 DRUG CHARGES

My goal is to get involved as early as possible to do everything I can to help you or your loved one.

  • Cultivating/Manufacturing
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  • Paraphernalia
  • Sale/Trafficking
  • FL v. Federal
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4 FRAUD & WHITE COLLAR CRIMES

These crimes usually involve a variety of state and federal laws, and they demand the attention to detail I will give them.

  • Accounting Fraud
  • Extortion
  • Bank Fraud
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  • Money Laundering
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Racketeering

5 CIVIL CASES & CIVIL RIGHTS

Our rights serve as the bedrock of our democratic society. That’s why when those rights are violated, the violators need to be brought to justice.

  • Civil Rights
  • Civil action for deprivation of rights (42 U.S.C. § 1983)
  • Malicious Prosecution
  • Breach of Contract

6 PERSONAL INJURY

The key to success in such cases is not limited to what occured; it is also tied to how you and your lawyer respond.

  • Auto Accidents
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