I have been charged w/ 7 felony embezzlement charges. no criminal record, Options for plea bargain?
From 2013 to 2015, i would do fake returns and use my debit card so the money would go to my account. total is about 7500, many transaction, none over 250, most were between 80 and 100. I was a heroin addict but have since gotten clean, going to NA, done well at pretrial, made all meetings and calls, all clean drug tests. Want to make restitution, but not working till i get a better idea of what is going to happen and I have more clean time. have a few interviews and job offers. have a friend who is a sheriff i have asked to help if i think i may relapse, he will give a letter for court. since no transaction was over 650, what are my chances to plead down? dont want felonies on record.
4 attorney answers
Each case is different. But if you are able to pay restitution ( pay back the money you stole ) you should be able to avoid a felony. Also, the fact that you are now clean also helps. There is a possibility that if you pay everything back and stay clean you may be able to get everything dismissed at the conclusion of your case. This would be a grand slam home run and is certainly not guaranteed, but it is a possibility. Good luck.
The previous answer by Mace Y is correct (and he's an excellent lawyer BTW), this would be the approach your lawyer should take. From your question it sounds like your issue is obtaining the funds to make this work. My suggestion is that you contact a lawyer and make payment arrangements for that lawyers fee. Once you have a lawyer they can buy you time to get on your feet and make the payments under the type of resolution which has been mentioned where you can eventually avoid any convictions.
Both Mr. Grasso and Mr. Yampolsky's answers are spot on (and they both are great attorneys). This is the exact situation where a good criminal defense Attorney can greatly impact your matter. Most criminal defense attorneys offer free consultations, I suggest meeting with and retaining an Attorney as soon as possible so that you can have an Attorney working on your behalf. You have been charged with several felonies, so the sooner an Attorney can get working on your case, the more that Attorney may be able to accomplish. Best of luck.
This advice is provided as general legal advice and is NOT related to your specific legal matter. For assistance concerning your specific legal matter, please contact an Attorney licensed in the applicable jurisdiction.
The key to avoiding a felony and prison time is providing restitution as soon as possible. You also want to show what counseling you have done to deal with your drug addiction. This gives your attorney ammunition for a successful plea bargain.