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Defending Against Embezzlement Charges In Illinois

Navigating the complexities of embezzlement charges demands the experience of a seasoned legal professional. At PGO Law Firm, I provide comprehensive legal services to clients in Illinois from my office in New Lenox, addressing the intricate facets of embezzlement cases. With a commitment to excellence and a track record of successful outcomes, I stand ready to safeguard your rights and advocate for your best interests.

What Is Embezzlement?

Embezzlement, a white collar crime, involves the misappropriation or theft of funds entrusted to an individual in a position of trust. This crime often occurs within an organization, where an employee entrusted with financial responsibilities diverts funds for personal gain. Common forms of embezzlement include altering financial records, creating fictitious accounts or simply pocketing funds intended for the employer.

In Illinois, embezzlement charges are serious and can lead to severe legal consequences. Understanding the intricacies of embezzlement laws is crucial for anyone facing such allegations.

What Are The Penalties For Embezzlement In Illinois?

Illinois imposes stringent penalties for embezzlement convictions. The severity of the punishment depends on the value of the misappropriated funds.

In Illinois, embezzlement penalties are classified as follows:

  • Misdemeanor Embezzlement: The offender may face a misdemeanor charge for misappropriating funds valued at less than $500. Misdemeanor penalties may include fines and potential imprisonment.
  • Felony Embezzlement: If the misappropriated funds exceed $500, the offense is considered a felony. Felony embezzlement convictions carry more severe consequences, including substantial fines and extended prison sentences.
  • Aggravated Embezzlement: In cases involving large sums of money or if the offender has a history of white collar crimes, the charges may escalate to aggravated embezzlement. The penalties for aggravated embezzlement are particularly severe, reflecting the gravity of the offense.

Navigating the legal landscape surrounding embezzlement charges requires a thorough understanding of Illinois laws and a strategic approach to defense. At PGO Law Firm, I have the knowledge and skills to mount a robust defense tailored to the unique circumstances of your case.

Defenses Against Embezzlement Charges

Mounting a successful defense against embezzlement charges demands a meticulous examination of the evidence and a nuanced understanding of the law.

Several defenses may be employed to challenge allegations of embezzlement, including:

  • Lack of Intent: Embezzlement charges hinge on proving criminal intent. If it can be demonstrated that the misappropriation was accidental or lacked criminal intent, a strong defense may be mounted.
  • Duress or Coercion: Individuals may sometimes be forced to commit embezzlement under duress or coercion. Proving that the accused acted under threat may be a viable defense strategy.
  • Insufficient Evidence: Challenging the prosecution’s evidence is a common defense tactic. If the evidence against the accused is weak or lacks credibility, it can significantly undermine the prosecution’s case.
  • Mistaken Identity: Establishing mistaken identity can be a powerful defense strategy when multiple individuals can access the funds in question.

By engaging the legal services of PGO Law Firm, you gain access to an attorney who is well-versed in crafting strategic defenses tailored to the specifics of your case. I leverage my extensive experience to challenge the prosecution’s case and protect your rights throughout the legal process.

Contact A Frankfort Embezzlement Attorney Today


Embezzlement charges demand swift and strategic legal action. PGO Law Firm stands as your steadfast ally in navigating the complexities of embezzlement cases. With a commitment to excellence, I am dedicated to protecting your rights and achieving the most favorable outcome for your case.

To schedule a free consultation, call me today at 630-912-5051 or complete a contact form to send me a message online.