In the State of Florida, it is illegal to take possession of money, goods, etc. that does not belong to you or was not intended for you to have. When you take something that isn’t yours, for example, stealing money from your place of employment, you put yourself at risk of having criminal charges filed against you. If your boss recently discovered that you stole from him or her, you are going to want to contact a Port St. Lucie, FL criminal defense lawyer immediately who can potentially help you and the other party work out a deal to prevent from taking your case to court and having your record tainted with a criminal offense.
However, if your employer has already proceeded to press charges, then it is imperative you retain a criminal defense lawyer in FL as soon as possible as you could be facing jail time for the crime. In the State of Florida, you may either be charged with theft or embezzlement, depending on the circumstances surrounding the crime.
Generally, an employee shall be charged with embezzlement when he or she was entrusted with something such as money but makes the cognitive decision to keep it for themselves. For example, if part of your job entailed you making weekly cash and check deposits to the bank, but you kept some of the cash for yourself, you could be charged with the crime of embezzlement seeing that you were trusted to handle the money. However, if you weren’t entrusted with the money but took it out of a locked cash box or register in which you were not permitted to open when everyone left for lunch, then you are at risk of potentially having a charge of theft filed against you.
Now, the penalties for each crime do vary as they are based on the amount that was actually taken. When an individual steals money or property that is valued at $300 all the up to $20,000, they are said to have committed grand theft of the third degree which is punishable as a felony of the third-degree crime. What does this mean? Well, you could be looking at having to pay back what you stole, paying court fees and fines, spending time in jail, serving time on probation, and having to spend the next few years with a criminal offense listed on your record. Not only could a conviction of theft or embezzlement in the State of Florida result in you having to spend time away from your family when sentenced to time in jail as well as having to pay back money you might not currently have, but it could also result in your employment opportunities becoming limited.
So, if you want to give yourself a fighting chance at getting your charges reduced or possibly work out an agreement with your employer that doesn’t involve the criminal justice system, you can trust the Law Office of David G. Simmons in Port St. Lucie, FL to help you.
The Law Office of David G. Simmons is located at:
10380 SW Village Center Drive, PMB# 144
Port St. Lucie, FL 34987