Larceny and Embezzlement

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Larceny

Larceny occurs when one individual intends to permanently deprive another individual of something. This is known as a specific intent crime because the individual “intends” to permanently deprive another. 


The crime of larceny can occur in a number of ways. Some examples of larceny are: larceny by check (occurs when you know that you do not have sufficient funds to purchase the item), larceny from an elderly or disabled individual, larceny by false pretenses and straight larceny. The value of the property, whether it is over $1200.00 or under $1200.00 also plays an important role. Each of these forms of larceny carries different penalties and requires the Commonwealth to prove certain aspects. 


Larceny also has provisions for subsequent offenses. Subsequent offenses can require a judge to impose minimum sentences. Additionally, subsequent offenses can affect an individual’s ability to get probation and time off for good behavior. 


If you have been charged with Larceny, make sure you know your rights and get the representation that you deserve; contact BISSON LAW today!

Embezzlement

Embezzlement occurs when someone entrusted with property takes it for his or her own gain. A classic example is a business manager skimming funds for his own benefit. The company has given him the authority to collect the funds; however, he has committed embezzlement once he takes that money for his own personal use and deprives the owner of the money.


Embezzlement penalties vary depending on who is committing the alleged crime. Embezzlement by a person employed in the treasury of the Commonwealth can be punished by life in prison. A city or town officer committing embezzlement could be sentenced up to ten years in prison. A broker or agent committing embezzlement could be punished by up to five years in prison. 


If you have been charged with Larceny or Embezzlement, make sure you know your rights and get the representation that you deserve; contact BISSON LAW today!