Many people have seen TV and movie glorifications of bank robberies, but bank robbery charges cover far more than a violent stick up followed by a stand off with the police. Nearly any act designed to take money from a bank could result in federal felony charges resulting in decades in prison. This applies to any person that the government believes to have provided assistance in a bank robbery no matter how remotely they were connected to the actual act of robbing a bank. If you or someone you know has been charged with bank robbery, it's important to have a thorough understanding of bank robbery laws and possible defenses.
Theft and embezzlement are both crimes against property. As a Fresno criminal defense lawyer can explain, they carry different penalties depending on the value of the property stolen. In either case, a criminal suspect has certain rights that must be protected as the case goes forward.
I get this question quite a bit in my practice.
I recently read a piece of news that a nonprofit director was recently charged with $42,000 worth of embezzlement in her role as director of two Yosemite area child centers. While the news is not especially noteworthy, I thought it would be a good chance to explain what exactly embezzlement is and, more specifically, how it differs from theft.
Corrin Hoggard of Fresno's ABC30 news is reporting that a Fresno police officer is currently being investigated on allegations of auto theft and possibly connections to the local drug trade. "They will be asking a lot of questions, serious questions, questions that may be very difficult to answer," said ABC30 legal analyst and Fresno criminal defense attorney Tony Capozzi.