The former director of a Texas nonprofit organization faced serious allegations that she misappropriated $1 million from its funds to pay her credit card bills. According to the Amarillo Globe-News, she pleaded guilty to the felony charge and received a 30-day jail sentence. Her punishment included 10 years of probation and required that she pay back the funds to the organization.

At Oliva, Saks, Garcia & Curiel, LLP, we know how to provide a strong legal defense when you are facing serious criminal charges such as theft or embezzlement. Depending on the amount of the property or money allegedly taken, the Lone Star State may classify a theft offense as either a felony or a misdemeanor. Regardless of the charge, our goal is to help you avoid a conviction. In situations where a defendant pleads guilty, we may assist in the bargaining process to ward off a harsh punishment.

There are aggressive legal defenses available when facing theft, larceny or embezzlement charges in Texas. A strong defense may also result in a much lesser punishment if convicted.

Embezzlement conviction requirements

An embezzlement property theft conviction requires proof that an individual had responsibility over an employer’s goods, funds or other assets, and then breached the duty of trust related to the employer’s property. In order to obtain a conviction, the prosecutor must also prove against our argument that there was an intent to take property and to deprive its owner from using it.  Embezzlement may classify as a felony when the value of property taken is worth more than $1,500.

Our page on criminal defense provides more information on the types of charges that we may defend you against.