Charged With Embezzlement in Tampa Bay, Florida?
Call Tampa Bay Criminal Defense Lawyers, Joe Uccello and Kelly Ann McCabe

Embezzlement is a type of theft and thus, in Florida is categorized under Florida Statutes 812.014. If you are convicted of embezzlement, you will likely be penalized heavily with prison time and fines. Because of the backlash an embezzlement charge can cause, your reputation is likely to be permanently harmed. Therefore if you are being investigated for embezzlement at your work, home or organization you are involved with, it’s crucial to consult with a Tampa Bay criminal defense lawyers who are experienced defending clients who have been charged with embezzlement in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Sarasota and Manatee County, Florida.

What is embezzlement?

Embezzlement is considered theft, which is taking property that doesn’t belong to you. Although theft can also mean you unlawfully entered a dwelling to take property that you had no entitlement to, thus as in a burglary. People who are charged with embezzlement do not own the property where the “theft” occurred, yet were permitted access to the property such as your place of employment, church, or even professionals who work with investor’s funds remotely. Embezzlement means you stole money that did not belong to you, for your own personal gain.

Tough penalties if you are convicted of embezzlement or grand theft charges in Tampa Bay, Florida

The following breaks down the possible prison time and fees associated with an embezzlement conviction. Depending on the value and type of the property embezzled, which is usually money, will determine your penalty. Federal embezzlement charges, or those committed in a healthcare setting can have other penalties and fines.
  • Second degree felony – Less than $100 – Jail time is up to 60 days in jail and/or up to a $500 fine. [Fla. Stat. §812.014(3)(a)]
  • First degree misdemeanor – $100 to less than $300 -Up to one year in jail and/or up to $1000 fine. [Fla. Stat. §812.014(2)(e)]
  • Third degree felony – $300 to less than $20,000 – Grand theft charges are likely. Up to five years in prison and/or up to a $5,000 fine. [Fla. Stat. §812.014(2)(c)]
  • Second degree felony – $20,000 to less than $100,000 – Up to 15 years in prison and/or up to a $10,000 fine. [Fla. Stat. §812.014(2)(b)]
  • First degree felony – $100,000 or more – Up to 30 years in prison and/or up to a $10,000 fine. [Fla. Stat. §812.014(2)(a)]
Call Our Tampa Bay Criminal Defense Law Firm

If you have been charged with embezzlement, federal embezzlement charges (where the penalties are higher) or if you’re being investigated for grand theft, please contact us online or call our office today at 727-824-5727 . Consulting with Tampa Bay Criminal Defense Attorneys Joe Uccello and Kelly McCabe is the first step to begin navigating through your charges. We also represent those who are in the healthcare industry, banking, public officials who are charged with embezzlement in Tampa Bay, Florida. This includes Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and Manatee County, Florida.