Embezzlement is seen as a serious crime as it involves violating the trust of another. Prosecutors pursue such matters vigorously and it is crucial that you adequately defend yourself whether you are being charged in Illinois State Court or in the Federal District of Illinois. Michael J. Brennan is a Chicago criminal defense lawyer handling embezzlement cases. A former prosecutor with over thirty years experience, he is familiar with the process and will provide you the highest level of defense. Contact our Orland Park office today to speak with an attorney.
Embezzlement will be charged as a felony, a misdemeanor, or the defendant may face federal charges. The severity of the offense will depend on the amount taken. Illinois state cases will be charged as a Class A misdemeanor if the taken property’s value was $500 or less. A Class 3 felony will be charged if the property’s value ranged from $500 – $10,000. Amounts ranging from $10,000 – $100,000 will be charged as a Class 2 felony while cases ranging from $100,000 – $500,000 will be Class 1 felony. Cases between $500,000 and $1 million will be a Class 1 felony not eligible for probation while a Class X charge will be brought for cases in excess of $1 million.
A defendant will enter a not guilty plea after an Indictment has been issued by the grand jury in either state or federal court. If the prosecution is relying on evidence which was seized from your personal records, in violation of your Fourth Amendment rights, then it is important that your attorney file to exclude such evidence from Court. Given that embezzlement cases are often complex, it may also be necessary for your lawyer to retain a forensic accountant to track the money/property and determine whether the prosecution’s case is flawed. Finally, your counsel will have to present what is a complex issue to the jury. This means that your counsel will need to be able to break the case down into terms which a layperson can understand.
Michael is a criminal defense attorney aggressively defending Chicago area defendants in embezzlement cases. At your initial consultation he will hear your side of the story and begin exploring possible defenses. If the police seized your phone, your computer, your tablet, or other records without a required search warrant then he will file a Motion to suppress the evidence. He will retain any necessary experts so that a complete understanding of the facts can be presented to the jury. Michael is licensed in both state and federal court which means that he is able to defend you in both venues. You are facing a serious situation and our lawyer will give you the attention you deserve. Contact our office today.
You have enough to worry about once embezzlement charges have been filed. The last thing you need is additional concern over the service your lawyer provides. Michael regularly gives out his cell phone number to clients, promptly responds to phone messages and email, and he makes himself available to answer questions. We strive to provide the highest level of service in all cases and this is our promise to each and every client.