Embezzlement: Penalties and Sentencing
Learn about embezzlement in general and find state specific information on the potential penalties.
Federal Embezzlement Laws
Federal embezzlement laws target theft from the federal government, such as the theft of property from a national park by a park ranger.
Federal Embezzlement Defense: Not Knowing the Property Belonged to the Government
Some defendants in federal embezzlement cases claim that they did not know the property involved belonged to the federal government.
Is it embezzlement to keep property that will satisfy a debt owed to me by its owner?
Answer: It is unlikely that you will be convicted of embezzlement if you keep property that will satisfy a debt owed to you by the property’s owner. However, there are risks to this course of action, as described below.
Speak to a Criminal Defense Lawyer
If you've been charged with a crime, you'll probably want to speak to a lawyer.
The Criminal Law Handbook
Know Your Rights, Survive the System. Learn how the criminal justice system works.
Browse Nolo's Criminal Lawyer Directory
Browse through lawyer profiles and find an attorney that can help you with your case.