The Barry County embezzlement lawyers at Cronkright Law represent clients charged with a financial crime, including fraud, money laundering, tax violations, and the embezzlement of funds from a person or organization. In Michigan, a conviction for the crime of embezzlement can carry with it very harsh consequences, including up to 20 years in prison; and up to life in prison with prior offenses. Defending against an accusation of embezzlement requires an experienced Barry County embezzlement attorney with a high level of expertise and training. If you are charged with any financial crime, you owe it to yourself to secure the best possible defense. Cronkright Law offers its clients the benefit of decades of experience successfully defending embezzlement cases.
Barry County Embezzlement Defense Lawyer
In Michigan, the crime of embezzlement is usually committed by an employee taking money or property and using it for their own benefit. Under this statute, embezzlement is a crime that can only be committed by someone in a formal relationship with the person or organization being embezzled. The actual statutory list includes agent, employee, servant, trustee, employee, bailee or custodian. A person in one of those categories commits this crime if he / she takes property or money, then hides it or converts it to a personal use. In the vast majority of embezzlement cases, the person accused is either an employee or an agent.
The Barry County embezzlement defense lawyers represent clients in a variety of fraud and embezzlement charges involving:
- Continuing Criminal Enterprises
- Financial Transaction Device Crimes
- Medicare and Medicaid Fraud
- Money Laundering
- Obtaining Money under False Pretenses
- Retail Fraud
- Tax Violations
- Uttering and Publishing
Barry County Fraud Lawyer
Michigan law sets fraud and embezzlement penalties based upon the dollar amount or value of property embezzled. The maximum possible sentences range from 93 days in jail to 20 years in prison. Michigan criminal embezzlement code allows for increases in the sentence beyond the statutory sentences when certain factors are present in the case. Amongst those are:
- Prior convictions for embezzlement
- Prior felony convictions of any kind
- Money is embezzled from a non-profit or charitable organization
If you are facing charges for embezzlement, contact a Barry County fraud lawyer at Cronkright Law to schedule your free consultation. Jail consultations may involve a nominal fee. Our Barry County embezzlement attorneys defend against financial crimes charges in all state courts in the lower peninsula of Michigan, in the Eastern Federal District Courts and in the Western Federal District Courts.