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What Is Felony Embezzlement in Florida?

What Is Felony Embezzlement in Florida?

Embezzlement is a white collar crime and a form of theft where someone uses a position of trust or authority to steal property for which they’ve been made responsible. For example, embezzlement could be an employee using an employer’s credit card without authorization, or a financial manager who uses his access to pocket money for himself. In Florida, embezzlement is charged and sentenced using the state’s theft laws. 

Embezzlement can either be charged as:

  • Petit theft: embezzlement of property worth $300 or less
  • Grand theft: embezzlement of property worth more than $300

Like with any theft crime in Florida, the amount of money taken will determine whether a crime is charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. Petit theft is a second degree misdemeanor on a first conviction, but will be charged as a first degree misdemeanor on subsequent offenses. 

However, grand theft is charged as a felony. Grand theft can be charged as a third degree for property worth between $300 and $20,000, second degree for property worthy between $20,000 and $100,000, and first degree for property worth more than $100,000. Charges may also depend on the nature of the alleged crime ; for instance, theft of a person’s will automatically results in a third degree felony charge, even if the value was less than $300. 

The Penalties for Felony Embezzlement

  • Grand theft of the third degree: 5 years in prison or 5 years probation and a $5,000 fine
  • Grand theft of the second degree: 15 years in prison or 15 years probation and a $10,000 fine
  • Grand theft of the first degree: 30 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Speak with a Florida Embezzlement Lawyer Today

If you’ve been accused of embezzlement, don’t wait until you receive formal charges to defend yourself. At Rudenberg and Glasser, P.A., we provide aggressive and proactive defense for our clients, which has allowed us to successfully resolve thousands of criminal cases on behalf of the accused in Fort Lauderdale and beyond. The lawyers at our firm include some of the most accomplished corporate and criminal defense attorneys in the state, so we have the experience and knowledge to give you a proven defense strategy. 

Embezzlement requires the state to prove that your use of the property was unauthorized and illegal; our job will be to tear apart the state’s case, leverage its weaknesses, and show the jury that you did nothing wrong. The strength of our track record could even help us reduce your charges or get your case dismissed before trial even begins. To learn the options available to you, speak with our firm today in a free, confidential consultation.

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Our Victories

  • Not Guilty, Acquitted at Trial Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon

    Outcome: Client was alleged to have used his vehicle to strike victim, and there was video of the incident which could have been interpreted to actually show the crime. The state was offering significant prison time before trial. By meticulous planning and strategic cross-examination to expose the motives and fabrications by the alleged victim, and an eyewitness in support of the alleged victim, Rudenberg & Glasser convinced a jury to acquit the client and avoid a mandatory long prison sentence.

  • Domestic Violence
    Outcome: Rudenberg & Glasser went to trial and were able to show during cross-examination that the alleged victim was the aggressor and that the client acted in self-defense. The jury returned a not guilty verdict almost immediately following trial.
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    Outcome: Rudenberg & Glasser took the case to trial after fleshing out inconsistencies in the alleged victim's account. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty and the client's unblemished record was preserved.
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    Outcome: Attorney Glasser was able to show with video footage that his client did not commit the alleged offense and furthermore, the police officer who ordered his arrest was negligent in his investigation and improperly supervised.

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  • Probation Only Federal Conspiracy to Commit Mail & Wire Fraud

    Outcome: Through compelling sentencing memorandum and passionate oral argument, Rudenberg & Glasser were able to convince the federal court judge to sentence their client to treatment for substance abuse, and no incarceration, even though the client had a lengthy criminal history and the Government was seeking prison time.

  • Felony DUI: Client was in an Accident and Left the Scene
    Outcome: Rudenberg & Glasser filed a compelling motion to suppress evidence based on law enforcement's actions during the investigation. Rudenberg & Glasser were able to persuade the prosecutor prior to the motion to suppress hearing that the charge should be broken down from a felony to a misdemeanor and the client was offered probation instead of the previously sought prison sentence.
  • Final Injunction Hearing
    Outcome: Client desperately needed to avoid a final injunction on his record. Rudenberg & Glasser defended him at the hearing and proved that the Petitioner was not in fear for her safety. The judge dismissed the injunction.
  • First-Degree Misdemeanor: Resisting Police Officer Without Violence
    Outcome: Mr. Rudenberg presented evidence that the police officer’s version of events was not credible, and that accusations were made to justify excessive use of force by police officer. Jury returned a verdict of not guilty in less than five minutes.
  • First-Degree Misdemeanors: DUI & Possession of Cannabis
    Outcome: Mr. Rudenberg won a motion arguing the DUI checkpoint was conducted in violation of the Fourth Amendment, and the Judge entered an order suppressing all evidence. Case was dropped by the State, and client avoided a mandatory conviction for DUI, as well as mandatory fines and license suspensions.
  • $250,000 Pre-Trial Personal Injury

    Outcome: Client was injured by a malfunctioning door, requiring stitches and leaving a scar on client's knee. There were limited medical bills and no surgeries, but through extremely challenging and successful negotiations, Rudenberg & Glasser were able to secure a settlement of $250,000.

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