Embezzlement Penalties in Texas
Texas law punishes embezzlement primarily based on the amount and type of property stolen. Embezzling even $500 can amount to one year in jail, and the sentence gradually increases depending on the amount stolen:
- Embezzling $20,000 can result in up to 10 years in prison
- Embezzling $100,000 may result in 20 years in prison
- Stealing $200,000 or more can lead to up to 99 years in prison with a fine of up to $10,000
Stealing official ballots for an election, stealing livestock, or embezzling from an ATM can lead to significant penalties, regardless of the total value of stolen property.
Additionally, embezzlement penalties can be increased based on a number of aggravating factors. For example, if the alleged victim is an elderly individual or a nonprofit organization, or if the defendant is a public servant, the offense may be considered aggravated.
Defend Yourself Against Embezzlement Charges
In some cases, people accused of embezzlement made a mistake because they were not aware that they were breaking the law. Sometimes the alleged victim actually gave the accused permission to transfer assets and then later forgot about the permission or had a change of mind. In other cases, it may have simply been a bookkeeping error or oversight. Our attorneys know that each embezzlement case is unique, and they can craft a legal strategy that upholds your constitutional rights and presents a strong defense.