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Embezzlement Consequences in New Jersey | What to Know

In New Jersey, embezzlement is defined as taking property that is legally possessed without permission. If you have been charged with this offense, you will need to retain the services of an experienced Bergen County criminal defense attorney to discuss your options.

What are the consequences of an embezzlement conviction in New Jersey?

All embezzlement penalties are taken very seriously in the state of New Jersey, but, keep in mind that the worth of the stolen items represents the degree of the theft crime. The degrees and their corresponding penalties include the following:

Second degree ( $75,000 or more):

  • 5 to 10 years in state prison
  • Fines of up to $150,000

Third-degree (between $500 and $75,000):

  • 3 to 5 years in state prison
  • Fines of up to $15,000

Fourth degree ( between $200 and $500):

  • Up to 18 months in a New Jersey State Prison
  • Fines of up to $10,000

Disorderly persons (up to $200):

  • Up to 6 months in jail
  • Fines of up to $1,000

How is embezzlement charged in New Jersey?

It is critical to realize that New Jersey law authorizes the authorities to combine the value of separate thefts to create a higher total theft amount. This suggests that as long as you allegedly committed the individual thefts pursuant to the same plan or method of conduct, prosecutors can incorporate the amounts together. If you allegedly deceived the victim on several affairs, prosecutors can and will count all the money together. Also, the law sets the degree of the theft crime on some kinds of property.

Our legal team is here to help you no matter what the alleged amount you are facing is. Give us a call today to get started.

How can our firm help you?

Despite statutory law controlling the consequences of a theft charge, a skilled attorney will be able to provide you with more information on your case and can use their legal experience to provide insight on how prosecutors and judges will likely handle your case. As a result, you will be able to make educated determinations about how you would like to move on. No matter the strength of the prosecutor’s evidence, they will still need to establish your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. You may have any number of mitigating or exculpatory situations that you can put to use. Contact us today to learn more about how we can best defend you and your rights.


Kevin T. Conway is an experienced Bergen County criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need an aggressive criminal lawyer, contact The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway for a free consultation.

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