What will happen if you were caught stealing money from your job and the company wants to press chargers? 11 Answers as of June 27, 2013

The person was willing to pay the money back with no problem at all.

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Bassinger & Harvey
Bassinger & Harvey | Randy J Harvey
The company has every right to press charges against you for the theft. As a result of being terminated for theft you will likely also be denied unemployment benefits. Theft is a specific intent crime and is fully committed the moment you move an object with intent to steal it, therefore, offering to give the money back does not change the commission of a crime-it may reduce the penalty the court hands down, though not likely unless it is a first offense.
Answer Applies to: Oregon
Replied: 9/24/2012
Coane and Associates
Coane and Associates | Bruce Coane
The employee might get arrested by the police. The employee should talk to a criminal lawyer.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 9/20/2012
Steven Miller | Steven Miller
They can still report the employee to law enforcement authorities for the theft. The fact that the employee offered to pay it back, may or may not have a bearing on whether law enforcement will continue to prosecute the case. Depending upon the amount allegedly taken, the theft could be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or felony. Any employee accused of this, should keep their mouth quiet and immediately seek the advise of a criminal defense attorney (which I am not).
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 9/20/2012
WILLIAM L SANDERS, ATTORNEY AT LAW | William L. Sanders
Company may press charges, even if there is restitution. What will happen? It will depend on the severity of the offense, the amount, the jurisdiction (county) where tried, etc. It could range from mere probation to 20 years in jail.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 9/20/2012
Michael L. Dworkin and Associates | John T. Van Geffen
Theft is theft is theft. Why should the employer let you off the hook?
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/27/2013
    KEYL ADR Services, LLC | Mark D. Keyl
    If the company signs a criminal complaint, law enforcement can arrest you and you can be prosecuted. The best thing is to pay back the money, and that will mitigate the matter.
    Answer Applies to: Mississippi
    Replied: 9/20/2012
    Olson Law Firm | Edward M Olson
    You need a criminal defense attorney. If you cannot afford one, request that one be appointed to you as soon as you are arrested.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 9/20/2012
    Cuomo LLC
    Cuomo LLC | Oscar Michelen
    You will likely get arrested. The company can press charges even if the money is paid back.. Call a lawyer immediately and do not discuss the case with anyone including the employer and police or DA until you have.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 9/20/2012
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
    Making restitution does not negate the crime, it is up to the employer as to whether or not to make a criminal complaint for what sound like embezzlement.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 9/20/2012
    Law Office of Gregory T. Gibbs | Gregory T. Gibbs
    An employee caught stealing money from their employer in Michigan can be discharged from employment and could face criminal embezzlement charges. The fact that the person is willing to pay the money back is not a defense to embezzlement. Restitution is often part of the sentence. The seriousness of the offense in terms of whether the charge will be a misdemeanor or felony depends on the amount of money embezzled.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 9/20/2012
    Fisher, Butts, Sechrest & Warner, P.A. | Matthew W. Birk
    This is a criminal law question, not an employment law question. Your fate is up to the state attorney, not your employer if your employer decides to turn you in.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 9/20/2012
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