What will happen in court regarding an embezzlement charge for approximately $150?

This occurred while I was working at a retail store; I stupidly created a merchandise card for myself and used the money to purchase things in store. My court date is approacing and I am becoming very anxious about what to expect will happen to me. I have never been in trouble before, not even a parking ticket. What should I prepare myself for?

Asked on September 19, 2012 under Criminal Law, West Virginia


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Most likely the embezzlement charge against you is a felony. If convicted, you could be fined well over a $1,000 and spend more than six (6) months in jail. As such, I suggest that you consult with a criminal defense attorney about your situation.

The first appearance is called an arraignment. You will be asked to give a plea to the charge of guilty, not guilty or no contest. Depending upon the plea, a settlement conference and a trial date will be then set down the road.

I suggest that you prepare for the worst and consider retaining a criminal defense attorney to assist you.

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