Farmington Hills Embezzlement Defense Lawyer
Charged with Embezzlement in Michigan? Call Daniel D. Hajji, Attorney at Law!
Embezzlement involves taking money, property, or some other asset from an individual who had entrusted it to you. This financial fraud is taken very seriously as it means that a person who had been given a position of trust betrayed the confidence that had been placed in them. This does not solely include employees who stole from an employer but also includes trustees who embezzled funds they were managing for a beneficiary or financial advisors who were tasked with protecting a client's assets.
If you are entrusted with someone else's assets, either as a spouse with a joint account or as a CFO with access to a corporation's financial records, you're vulnerable to an embezzlement charge. If you've been charged, that means the investigation against you has already begun, so speak with an attorney as soon as possible.
After receiving accusations of embezzlement, you should contact me as soon as possible. I helped countless defendants protect their future and avoid serious penalties since 2002. My experience with charges of financial crime has equipped me with the strategies and tactics my clients need, so call today! I help those facing Michigan embezzlement charges in Farmington Hills, Bloomfield, Troy, Southfield, Rochester Hills, Pontiac, Royal Oak, Novi, and all surrounding areas.
Call (248) 599-0054 for a free consultation! My firm is available 24/7 to help you understand your options.
Penalties & Sentencing for Embezzlement in Michigan
In Michigan, embezzlement is charged both as a misdemeanor and as a felony. Defendants will face misdemeanor embezzlement charges if they are accused of:
- Embezzling less than $1,000 of value
- Embezzling less than $200 with a prior embezzlement conviction
- Embezzling less than $200 from a charity or nonprofit organization
Section 750.174 of the Michigan Penal Code gives information about employees, trustees, custodians, and the like who are accused of this offense. If you are proven to have fraudulently taken money for your use without the consent of the owner, you could be found guilty of embezzlement.
- If what you took was valued at less than $200, you will be charged with a misdemeanor. You could also be sentenced to up to 93 days in jail and fined up to $500 or 3 times the amount stolen.
- If the stolen was valued between $200 and $1,000, you will be charged with a misdemeanor. It is punishable by up to 1 year in jail and a fine up to $2,000 or 3 times the amount taken.
- To be convicted of a felony, the offender must have taken property valued from $1,000 to $20,000. You could be sent to prison for 10 years and fined $15,000 or three times the amount stolen.
The punishments continue to increase as the amount stolen increases. Understanding the serious penalties that are inflicted on someone who is convicted of embezzlement show just how serious this offense is taken. If you were charged with embezzling any amount of money, please contact an Oakland County criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.
Aggressive Defense from an Embezzlement Lawyer in Oakland County, MI
I am dedicated to defending those who have been accused of financial crimes and other white collar crimes like embezzlement. I understand how difficult these types of cases can be and will do everything in my power to fight for your rights. My case results speak for themselves and allow you to see how I have helped clients in the past. Even if you know that you are innocent, it is still important to have a legal representative on your side, ensuring that your rights are not being trampled on.
What sets my firm apart from other criminal law firms is my commitment to strong client-attorney relationships. Every successful outcome owes itself, in part, to the relationship between an attorney and a defendant. The more I understand your goals and needs, the better I can represent you. That's why I handle every case personally from end to end.
Additionally, my firm offers representation with flat fees. Because Daniel D. Hajji, Attorney at Law is a lean firm, my costs are small, allowing me to represent my clients cost-effectively. As a result, my clients can get top-quality advocacy without the bloated legal bills large firms are known for.
Call for a free consultation at (248) 599-0054. Michigan handles embezzlement with serious penalties, so you need a strong defense as soon as possible.