Accused of Embezzlement?

Dallas Criminal Attorney Christy Harris Provides Texas Legal Defense

Photo of a businessman accused of embezzlement in cuffs“Embezzlement occurs when an individual in charge of managing or monitoring another individual’s money or property steals some or all of that property. The accused person must have legal access to another individual’s assets, but not ownership of them. Bank tellers, guardians responsible for the finances of loved ones and professionals such as accountants, bookkeepers and others in positions of trust are all individuals capable of embezzlement.

If you are accused of embezzlement, prosecutors must prove beyond reasonable doubt that you are guilty of the crime, and Dallas criminal lawyer Christy Harris can stand by your side and defend your rights. Christy Harris has significant experience as an assistant district attorney in the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, and she now aggressively defends the rights of those accused of embezzlement and other serious crimes.

Embezzlement Penalties in Texas

Texas law punishes embezzlement primarily based on the amount and type of property stolen. Embezzling even $500 can amount to one year in jail, and the sentence gradually increases depending on the amount stolen: embezzling $20,000 can result in up to 10 years in prison, $100,000 may result in 20 years in prison and stealing $200,000 or more can lead to up to 99 years in prison with a fine of up to $10,000.

Stealing official ballots for an election, livestock or embezzling from an automatic teller machine (ATM) can lead to significant penalties, regardless of the total value of stolen property.

Additionally, embezzlement penalties can be increased based on a number of aggravating factors. For example, if the alleged victim is an elderly individual or a nonprofit organization, or if the defendant is a public servant, the offense may be considered aggravated.

Defend Yourself Against Embezzlement Charges

In some cases, people accused of embezzlement made a mistake because they were not aware that they were breaking the law. Sometimes the alleged victim actually gave the accused permission to transfer assets, and then later forgot about the permission or had a change of mind. In other cases, it may have simply been a bookkeeping error or oversight. Dallas criminal lawyer Christy Harris knows that each embezzlement case is unique, and she can craft a legal strategy that upholds your constitutional rights and presents a strong defense.

Let Christy Harris Protect You Against Embezzlement Charges

If convicted of embezzlement, you may serve time in prison, pay enormous fines and because the crime involves others trusting you to manage assets, others may consider you untrustworthy. Dallas criminal attorney Christy Harris wants to make sure this does not happen to you. Contact the Law Office of Christine Harris today by phone at (214) 646-1818. You can rest assured that she will make every possible effort to preserve your freedom and reputation.

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