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Possible Penalties for Embezzlement

Embezzlement charges may be applied to those accused of intentionally taking money or property from their employer. This type of theft charges can be applied in a number of different circumstances, but in all cases, the person facing charges of embezzlement could face serious penalties if he or she is convicted. Fortunately, an experienced attorney can help you build a strong criminal defense designed to reduce, or all together eliminate, the charges brought against you.


Penalties for embezzlement in Texas are based on the amount of the property or money that was allegedly taken. Some possible penalties include:

  • Class B misdemeanor for theft of $20-$500: 180 days in jail; $2,000 fine
  • Class A misdemeanor for theft of up to $1,500: 1 year in jail; $4,000 fine
  • State jail felony for theft of up to $20,000: 180 days-2 years in jail; $10,000 fine
  • Third degree felony for theft up to $100,000: 2-10 years in jail; $10,000 fine
  • Second degree felony for theft up to $200,000: 2-20 years in jail; $10,000 fine
  • First degree felony for theft more than $200,000: 5-99 years in jail; $10,000 fine

These penalties may be increased if the embezzlement was targeting a person over the age of 65, a non-profit, or a government employee. These charges may be intimidating, but you don’t have to face them alone.

Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney in Houston

If you have been charged with embezzlement in Houston, Kyle Sampson, Attorney at Law, can guide you through the legal process and defend your rights every step of the way. Contact our team today by calling (713) 337-1420 to learn more about your options.


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