Michigan Embezzlement Laws

Michigan Laws And Penalties

The charges and penalties a person may face after being convicted of embezzlement in the state of Michigan will greatly depend upon the value of the property in question:

  • Property valued at less than $200: When the property in question is valued at under $200, a person will face penalties that can include a fine of up to $500, or 3 times the value of the property, as well as up to 93 days in jail. If the property was found to have been embezzled from a charity organization, however, the fine will increase to $2,000 or up to 1 year in jail.
  • Property valued between $200 and $1,000: In embezzlement cases where the property has been valued at between $200 and $1,000, a person may face a fine of up to $2,000 or 3 times the value of the property, as well as 1 year in jail. If prior convictions are to have been found, or the property was taken from a charity organization, a person may face a fine up to $10,000 and/or 5 years in prison.
  • Property valued between $1,000 and $20,000: If the property is found to be valued at between $1,000 and $20,000, a person will then face penalties of a fine not exceeding $10,000 as well as up to 5 years in prison. If the person facing charges has prior convictions or the property was taken from a charitable organization, these penalties will raise to a $15,000 fine as well as 10 years in prison.
  • Property valued at between $20,000 and $50,000: If the embezzled property is valued at between $20,000 and $50,000 in the state of Michigan, a person will face punishments of a fine of $15,000, or 3 times the value of the property, as well as up to 15 years in prison.
  • Property valued at between $50,000 and $100,000: For embezzlement cases with property valued at between $50,000 and $100,000, a person may face fines of up to $25,000 or 3 times the value of the property, whichever is greater, as well as up to 15 years in prison.
  • Property valued at $100,000 or more: For extreme Michigan embezzlement cases involving property valued at over $100,000 a person may face a fine of $50,000, or 3 times the value of the property as well as up to 20 years in prison.

Michigan Embezzlement Penalties

In the state of Michigan, a person will face harsher penalties if the value of the property or money embezzled is of a greater amount, and the state has value ranges in which certain charges and penalties will fall under. These ranges include not only monetary embezzling, but the embezzling of personal property as well, and a person can know what charges and penalties they face if they know what their embezzled property is worth.

Those charged with embezzling in the state of Michigan can face either felony or misdemeanor charges depending on the value of the property they embezzled.

Statute Of Limitations On Michigan

The statue of limitations for embezzlement charges in Michigan is 6 years, which means that the crime had to have been committed within 6 years of the defendant being charged. This limitation is put into place for both felony and misdemeanor embezzlement cases, however under tolling provision, the statute does not run during a time when the defendant does not reside within the state.

Our Criminal Defense Lawyers in West Michigan Proudly Serve: Kent County, Ottawa County, Allegan County, Ionia County, Barry County, Berrien County, Mason County, Manistee County, Mecosta County, Oceana County, Muskegon County, Montcalm County, Newaygo County, Kalamazoo County, Lake County, Van Buren County, and the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Our Grand Rapids Criminal Lawyers Also Proudly Serve The West Michigan Cities Of:Grand Rapids, Holland, Allendale, Wyoming, Kentwood, Grandville, Walker, Hudsonville, Grand Haven, Coopersville, Spring Lake, Ionia, Hastings, Stanton, White Cloud, Newaygo, Zeeland and Allegan.

Kent City man charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct.

 

A man in Kent City has been charged with first and second degree criminal sexual conduct after it was alleged that he sexually assaulted a girl who was only nine years old at the time of the alleged assault.   According to an article in Mlive.com, David Fricke waived his probable cause hearing last week and remains jailed on a bond of $10,000.

 The Mlive.com article states that Fricke allegedly had sexual relations with the victim last November.  Mr. Fricke claimed the girl initiated the sexual contact. Mr. Fricke claimed that he was taking a shower and the girl approached him and that he asked her to leave.  Fricke claimed to have found the girl in his bed at some point after the shower as well.

The charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct carries serious prison time! The maximum prison term for first-degree CSC is life!

Engaging in any sexual contact with a girl that young is illegal.  In Michigan, having sexual contact with a child who is under the age of 13 is the most serious of the criminal sexual conduct charges (CSC 1st). When children are involved, it can be tough to determine if the child was assaulted or the person charged with the crime was wrongly accused.  Children can be coerced into making up stories of being assaulted sometimes by a parent.

If you are facing any criminal sexual conduct charge in Michigan, contact us immediately!

Our Criminal Defense Lawyers in West Michigan Proudly Serve: Kent County, Ottawa County, Allegan County, Ionia County, Barry County, Berrien County, Mason County, Manistee County, Mecosta County, Oceana County, Muskegon County, Montcalm County, Newaygo County, Kalamazoo County, Lake County, Van Buren County, and the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Our Grand Rapids Criminal Lawyers Also Proudly Serve The West Michigan Cities Of: Grand Rapids, Holland, Allendale, Wyoming, Kentwood, Grandville, Walker, Hudsonville, Grand Haven, Coopersville, Spring Lake, Ionia, Zeeland, Hastings, Stanton, White Cloud, Newaygo and Allegan.

The Cost of a DUI in Michigan

Most people associate monetary fines and possible jail time as the costs of Michigan drunk driving conviction. While these maybe the most common costs related to a DUI, you should be aware of many other costs.

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Here’s a look at five hidden costs of a DUI conviction:

1. Employment. A DUI may go on your criminal record. If your job requires that you maintain a clean driving record or have a valid driver’s license, you could potentially lose your job or miss out on a new job opportunity. Another factor is all the time away from work when you must attend your mandatory appearance court dates.

2. Mandatory Jail. Any conviction for DUI carries mandatory jail time. For a first offense, it is either 24 or 48 consecutive hours (or 15 or 30 days of electronic home monitoring). The jail time and house arrest goes up exponentially on second or subsequent convictions for driving under the influence.

3. Auto Insurance. Any increased auto insurance premiums due to drunk driving can have a much longer lasting effect than a one-time monetary fine. A conviction for DUI carries the requirement that you carry high risk (SR-22) insurance.

4. Driving Record. A DUI conviction will go on your driving record and will trigger a driver’s license suspension or revocation.

Our Criminal Defense Lawyers in West Michigan Proudly Serve: Kent County, Ottawa County, Allegan County, Ionia County, Barry County, Berrien County, Mason County, Manistee County, Mecosta County, Oceana County, Muskegon County, Montcalm County, Newaygo County, Kalamazoo County, Lake County, Van Buren County, and the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Our Grand Rapids Criminal Lawyers Also Proudly Serve The West Michigan Cities Of: Grand Rapids, Holland, Allendale, Wyoming, Kentwood, Grandville, Walker, Hudsonville, Grand Haven, Coopersville, Spring Lake, Ionia, Zeeland, Hastings, Stanton, White Cloud, Newaygo and Allegan.

Criminal Defense West Michigan

While it’s something that most people don’t necessarily plan for or  anticipate, if you are ever in need of criminal defense, qualified  legal counsel is in order. In order to achieve results you are hoping  for in a legal case, you won’t want to leave anything to chance. A  conscientious and aggressive defense can be the difference between a  conviction and an acquittal.

The Criminal Defense Law Center will begin by assessing your case to  determine if there might be errors that would warrant its immediate  dismissal.  We will investigate factual claims, seek witnesses and thoroughly interview each witness and police officer.  Don’t leave your future, your job,  your family at risk – contact The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan  immediately for a  free confidential consultation and evaluation of your situation today.

When you are arrested or charged with a crime in Michigan, you  have many important rights. These rights are guaranteed by the United  States Constitution.  The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan knows what these rights are and how to defend your constiutionally protected rights.

You have a right to speak with an attorney.

The police must advise you that you have a right to speak with an  attorney as soon as practical after your arrest. If you request to speak  with an attorney, the police may not ask you any questions about the  incident until you have had an opportunity to speak with an attorney. It is never in your best interest to talk to the police without first talking to a competent attorney.

You have a right to refuse to answer any questions.

A law enforcement officer may require you to identify yourself, but  cannot require you to make statements or answer any questions. Any  information you provide to the officer can (and probably will) be used  if charges are filed against you at a later time. This is true even if  you do not give a formal, signed “statement.” It is always better to  decline to make any statements or answer a question until after you have  consulted with a lawyer.

You have a right to be brought before a judge to address your release from jail.

If you are arrested and booked into jail, you have a right to be  brought before a judge to address your detention and set bail and/or  conditions for your release. This generally occurs between 24 and 72  hours of your arrest.

You have a right to plead not guilty at arraignment.

A plea of not guilty at arraignment will not be held against you at  any time. In fact, many courts will not allow you to plead guilty to a  serious charge without consulting an attorney first.

You have a right to an attorney.

You have a right to have an attorney of your choosing represent you  throughout the entire criminal process and for that attorney to be  present with you at all court hearings. If you cannot afford an attorney  and qualify financially, the court will appoint a public defender to  represent you.

You have a right to a speedy and public jury trial.

You have a right to a speedy and public trial by jury. A speedy trial  is one that occurs no more than ninety days from your first court  appearance if you are out of custody (jail) or sixty days if you are in  custody (jail). Your trial would occur in a courtroom open to the  public. Your jury would consist of people from the community who would  hear all the evidence presented and make a decision as to your guilt or  innocence.

You have a right to be presumed innocent.

You have a right to be considered innocent of any criminal charge  until you are convicted or until you enter a plea of guilty. However,  the court does have the power to impose certain conditions while the  case is pending against you – this can include no contact orders, orders  to not drive without ignition interlock, or even the posting of bail or  bond.

You have a right to be convicted by proof beyond a reasonable doubt.

You have a right to require that the prosecutor prove every element  of a charge beyond a reasonable doubt. This is the highest burden of  proof in the legal system. As a defendant, you are not required to  present any evidence or prove your innocence.

You have a right to confront witnesses who testify against you.

You have a right to confront and cross-examine all witnesses  testifying against you. This means that the prosecutor will subpoena  witnesses to testify against you, and you (through your attorney) will  be able to question these witnesses.

You have a right to call witnesses to testify on your behalf.

You have a right to call witnesses who can testify on your behalf.  These witnesses can be compelled to appear in court by subpoena. You  have a right to testify or not testify. You have a right to remain  silent and not incriminate yourself. This means that if you choose not  to, no one can force you to take the stand and testify. If you choose  not to testify, this cannot be held against you.

You also have the right to testify.

If you choose to testify, the prosecuting attorney is allowed to  cross-examine you about your case and anything you say while testifying.

You have a right to appeal a conviction or sentence.

If you are convicted of a criminal charge you have a right to appeal this conviction to a higher court.

Our Services Include:

Criminal Traffic Matters

  • DUI & (Multiple DUI Offenses)
  • Negligent Driving
  • Reckless Driving
  • Driving While License Suspended
  • Failure to Maintain Interlock Ignition Device
  • Hit and Run

Domestic Violence

  • Assault
  • Stalking
  • Cyberstalking
  • Harassment

Theft

  • Theft & Shoplifting
  • Burglary
  • Robber

Drug Crimes

  • Possession of Marijuana Over 40 grams
  • Medical Marijuana Defense
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Delivery of a Controlled Substance
  • Distribution of a Controlled Substance
  • Manufacturing a Controlled Substance

Other Crimes

  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Sex Crimes

Our Criminal Defense Lawyers in West Michigan Proudly Serve: Kent County, Ottawa County, Allegan County, Ionia County, Barry County, Berrien County, Mason County, Manistee County, Mecosta County, Oceana County, Muskegon County, Montcalm County, Newaygo County, Kalamazoo County, Lake County, Van Buren County, and the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Our Grand Rapids Criminal Lawyers Also Proudly Serve The West Michigan Cities Of: Grand Rapids, Holland, Allendale, Wyoming, Kentwood, Grandville, Walker, Hudsonville, Grand Haven, Coopersville, Spring Lake, Ionia, Zeeland, Hastings, Stanton, White Cloud, Newaygo and Allegan.

What to do if I am arrested?

If you are arrested for a crime in West Michigan, the first question that goes through many people’s minds is what should I do when I am arrested? This is a good question and I will give the reader some helpful hints as to what they should do.

1.  If you are arrested you should stop talking to police!  The police are not your friends and they are not there to help you if you are being investigated for a crime.

2. If you are arrested you should call a lawyer immediately! The earlier you get a lawyer working hard for you on your case the better your chances of getting a good resolution to your case.

3.  Be respectful and polite to the police! Just because you aren’t answering their questions about the crime you are being investigated for doesn’t mean you have to be a jerk about it.

4.  Preserve any and all information that you have which may help your case.  Keep any letters, names of witnesses, phone numbers of witnesses and video recording that you may have that can help your case.

Our Criminal Defense Lawyers in West Michigan Proudly Serve: Kent County, Ottawa County, Allegan County, Ionia County, Barry County, Berrien County, Mason County, Manistee County, Mecosta County, Oceana County, Muskegon County, Montcalm County, Newaygo County, Kalamazoo County, Lake County, Van Buren County, and the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Our Grand Rapids Criminal Lawyers Also Proudly Serve The West Michigan Cities Of: Grand Rapids, Holland, Allendale, Wyoming, Kentwood, Grandville, Walker, Hudsonville, Grand Haven, Coopersville, Spring Lake, Ionia, Zeeland, Hastings, Stanton, White Cloud, Newaygo and Allegan.

DUI Pamphlets

The following DUI pamphlets are provided by the National Institute on Alcohol and Alcoholism

Grand Rapids Criminal Lawyer

Why did you become a Grand Rapids Criminal Lawyer?  This is a question that I think needs to be answered. I have several reasons for why I became a Grand Rapids Criminal Lawyer.  This blog will go over those reasons and present a clear picture to the ready as to why I entered the career field that I did.

I became a Grand Rapids Criminal Lawyer to defense the innocent.  There are many times were a person is charged with a crime they didn’t commit.  If you don’t believe this to be true, you are not paying attention to the news.   DNA evidence has shown us over and over again cases were innocent people were convicted for murder or criminal sexual conduct.

I became a Grand Rapids Criminal Lawyer to fight zealous prosecutors who over-charge defendants.  I have two recent examples I can give to help prove this point.  In one case, a simple bar turned into my client being hammered with two felony charges. In another case, a man was charged with two felony counts of receiving stolen property when he should have only been charged with a simple misdemeanor.

I became a Grand Rapids Criminal Lawyer to fight judges who hammer clients with extremely harsh sentences.  I have seen people given length prison time and jail sentences when probation should have been given.  This happens all the time in all West Michigan courts.

Finally, I became a Grand Rapids Criminal Lawyer to fight aggressive police officers who only care about arresting someone for the crime they are investigating.  Police lie all the time. They trick and pressure people into saying things that can be twisted into a confession or an admission of guilt.  I believe police officers should not be allowed to lie in order to get a confession. I strongly believe police officers should not twist things around to make a person look guilty.

Our Criminal Defense Lawyers in West Michigan Proudly Serve: Kent County, Ottawa County, Allegan County, Ionia County, Barry County, Berrien County, Mason County, Manistee County, Mecosta County, Oceana County, Muskegon County, Montcalm County, Newaygo County, Kalamazoo County, Lake County, Van Buren County, and the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Our Grand Rapids Criminal Lawyers Also Proudly Serve The West Michigan Cities Of: Grand Rapids, Holland, Allendale, Wyoming, Kentwood, Grandville, Walker, Hudsonville, Grand Haven, Coopersville, Spring Lake, Ionia, Zeeland, Hastings, Stanton, White Cloud, Newaygo and Allegan.

Grand Rapids Criminal Lawyers

 

At The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan, our Grand Rapids Criminal lawyers know how to get you results!  We know the prosecutors, we know the judges, we know how to handle police officers who will lie to get you to “confess” to a crime they are investigating. 

Our Grand Rapids Criminal Lawyers have handled cases in counties all throughout west michigan!  Our Grand Rapids Criminal Lawyers have handled cases in Muskegon County, Ottawa County, Barry County, Berrien County, Allegan County, Kent County, Ionia County and other counties.

Our Grand Rapids Criminal Lawyers have handled everything from little misdemeanor charges such as use of marijuana and retail fraud to major felony cases such as criminal sexual conduct in the first degree.

Recently, one of our Grand Rapids Criminal Lawyers got a felony drug charge dropped all the way down to a possession charge!

If you want results like that, you need to contact one of our Grand Rapids Criminal Lawyers right away by visiting our web page:http://www.criminaldefenselawcenterwestmichigan.com 

Our Criminal Defense Lawyers in West Michigan Proudly Serve: Kent County, Ottawa County, Allegan County, Ionia County, Barry County, Berrien County, Mason County, Manistee County, Mecosta County, Oceana County, Muskegon County, Montcalm County, Newaygo County, Kalamazoo County, Lake County, Van Buren County, and the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Our Grand Rapids Criminal Lawyers Also Proudly Serve The West Michigan Cities Of: Grand Rapids, Holland, Allendale, Wyoming, Kentwood, Grandville, Walker, Hudsonville, Grand Haven, Coopersville, Spring Lake, Ionia, Zeeland, Hastings, Stanton, White Cloud, Newaygo and Allegan.

Heroin Criminal Defense for West Michigan

If you are charged with Heroin Possession or any other Heroin Charge, you need to contact The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan today!  We offer aggressive criminal defense at an affordable price. 

Because Heroin is a Schedule 1 drug , there are severe penalties for its possession and use. There are a variety of Heroin-related crimes in Michigan so the potential punishment depends on the defendant’s exact conviction.

Penalties for Heroin Use

Heroin use is a misdemeanor drug crime in Michigan. A use charge could land you in jail for up to one year, pay a fine of up to $2,000, or both.

Penalties for Heroin Possession

Heroin possession is a felony drug crime in Michigan. If you are convicted of possessing this drug, your punishment depends on the amount of drug involved:

  • If you possessed less than 50 grams of Heroin, you could go to prison for up to four years, pay a fine of up to $25,000, or both.
  • If you possessed 50 grams to 449 grams of Heroin, you could go to prison for up to 20 years, pay a fine of up to $250,000, or both.
  •  If you possessed 450 grams to 999 grams of Heroin, you could go to prison for up to 30 years, pay a fine of up to $500,000, or both.
  • If you possessed 1,000 grams or more of Heroin, you could go to prison for up to your entire life, pay a fine of $1,000,000, or both.

Penaties For Manufacturing and Delivering Heroin

Heroin manufacture, Heroin creation, Heroin delivery, and possessing Heroin with the intent to manufacture Heroin, create, or deliver are all felony drug crimes in Michigan. Your punishment for these crimes will also depend on the amount of drug involved:

  • If it was less than 50 grams of Heroin, you could go to prison for up to 20 years, pay a fine of up to $25,000, or both.
  • If it was 50 grams to 449 grams of Heroin, you could go to prison for up to 20 years, pay a fine of up to $250,000, or both.
  • If it was 450 grams to 999 grams of Heroin, you could go to prison for up to 30 years, pay a fine of up to $500,000, or both.
  • If it was 1,000 grams or more of Heroin, you could go to prison for up to your entire life, pay a fine of up to $1,000,000, or both.

Enhanced Penalties for Heroin in Michigan

However, regardless of which drug crime you are convicted of, your sentence could be even more severe if you have a prior drug conviction, delivered Heroin to a minor, or committed your drug crime near a school, park, business, house, or church. Your driver’s license will also be suspended for a period of time, even if you were not driving at the time. You will also have to pay multiple fines to the State of Michigan.

Our Criminal Defense Lawyers in West Michigan Proudly Serve: Kent County, Ottawa County, Allegan County, Ionia County, Barry County, Berrien County, Mason County, Manistee County, Mecosta County, Oceana County, Muskegon County, Montcalm County, Newaygo County, Kalamazoo County, Lake County, Van Buren County, and the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Our Grand Rapids Criminal Lawyers Also Proudly Serve The West Michigan Cities Of: Grand Rapids, Holland, Allendale, Wyoming, Kentwood, Grandville, Walker, Hudsonville, Grand Haven, Coopersville, Spring Lake, Ionia, Zeeland, Hastings, Stanton, White Cloud, Newaygo and Allegan.

Muskegon County Circuit Court Victory!

A great victory today in Muskegon County Circuit Court!  A man was charged with a felony charge related to marijuana.  The Muskegon County prosecutor’s played hard ball the whole time.  The Muskegon prosecutor’s office claimed they were going to file additional charges if the man didn’t plead guilty as charged.

Thankfully, we didn’t allow our client to break to the pressure from the Muskegon County prosecutor’s office.  We filed a motion to surpress evidence. Sadly, that motion was denied and it was a huge blow to our case.  We kept fighting.  We set the case up for trial and showed up for trial ready to fight for our client.  The day of trial, the Muskegon County prosecutor’s office finally offered to drop the felony charges!  Our client was extremely pleased with the results!

If you are facing any criminal charges in Muskegon County, you need to visit http://www.criminaldefenselawcenterwestmichigan.com.  We know how to get you results when you are facing serious criminal charges.

Our Criminal Defense Lawyers in West Michigan Proudly Serve: Kent County, Ottawa County, Allegan County, Ionia County, Barry County, Berrien County, Mason County, Manistee County, Mecosta County, Oceana County, Muskegon County, Montcalm County, Newaygo County, Kalamazoo County, Lake County, Van Buren County, and the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Our Grand Rapids Criminal Lawyers Also Proudly Serve The West Michigan Cities Of: Grand Rapids, Holland, Allendale, Wyoming, Kentwood, Grandville, Walker, Hudsonville, Grand Haven, Coopersville, Spring Lake, Ionia, Zeeland, Hastings, Stanton, White Cloud, Newaygo and Allegan.