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Embezzlement in the State of New York | What You Should Know

In the state of New York, embezzlement is defined as any illegal theft or taking of property, usually money, either directly or indirectly, with the intent to deprive the rightful owner of those dollars or property and without the permission or authority to do so. Most instances of embezzlement occur in businesses, often where the most trusted employees face accusations. We would not be doing our duty if we did not inform you that New York law allows prosecutors to aggregate, i.e. add together, the values of separate thefts to tabulate a higher total theft amount. Prosecutors can lump the amounts together so long as you allegedly committed the separate thefts pursuant to the same scheme or course of conduct. They will add all the money together if you allegedly deceived the victim on multiple occasions. Whatever the degree of your alleged theft, please read on, then contact an experienced Rockland County criminal defense attorney to learn what you should know about embezzlement in New York.

What are the consequences for embezzlement in New York?

The consequences for embezzlement will vary based on the aggregate amount you are alleged to have stolen. That said, those classifications and penalties are as follows:

Class A misdemeanor petit larceny ($1,000 or less):

  • Up to a year in jail
  • 2 to 3 years on probation
  • A fine of up to $1,000

Fourth degree larceny ($1,000 or more):

  • One-third to 4 years in prison

Class D felony ($3,000 to $50,000):

  • 2 to 7 years in prison

Grand larceny in the second degree ($50,000 to $1,000,000):

  • 5 to 15 years in prison

Class B felony, Grand larceny in the first degree ($1,000,000 or more):

  • Eight and one-third to 24 years in prison

As you can see, convictions for embezzlement have severe consequences. As such, you would be well advised to reach out to a skilled Rockland County criminal and municipal attorney to discuss your next steps.

How can a New York criminal defense attorney help you beat embezzlement charges?

Those facing serious consequences require a serious criminal defense attorney working on their behalf. A seasoned legal professional will know what it takes for the prosecution to satisfy the burden of proof and will plan accordingly. He or she will help you collect, compile and present any mitigating or exculpatory evidence to the appropriate bodies. Furthermore, a qualified legal representative will be better positioned to know if your rights have been violated. If so, your charges may be subject to reduction or dismissal. But none of that is possible if you go to court on your own, so please give us a call today.


Kevin T. Conway has over 30 years of experience as a Spring Valley criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need a Rockland County criminal lawyer, contact our Spring Valley office for a free consultation.

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