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The Spodek Law Group understands how delicate high-profile cases can be, and has a strong track record of getting positive outcomes. Our lawyers service a clientele that is nationwide. With offices in both LA and NYC, and cases all across the country - Spodek Law Group is a top tier law firm.

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NJ Misappropriation Lawyers

By Spodek Law Group | May 23, 2023

Serious Consequences of Misappropriation of Funds

An accusation of misappropriation of funds can lead to grave consequences, including significant jail or prison sentences, massive fines, and the utter demolition of your reputation. However, before surrendering to a guilty verdict, consider hiring experienced attorneys who have successfully handled such cases. With their expertise, it is quite possible to see the charges against you dropped or reduced, or even walk out of a courtroom victorious after a not guilty verdict.

Defining Misappropriation

In the eyes of the law, misappropriation only involves money. If, for example, you diverted organizational funds that you manage for your personal benefit, prosecutors will quickly charge you with misappropriation. It is vital to remember that alongside these charges, you may also face accusations of embezzlement, which could significantly complicate your case. To navigate through such turbulent times, always ensure you have knowledgeable attorneys handling your case, who are familiar with the investigators and prosecutors and their methods before and during the trial.

Control but not Ownership

To successfully convict you of misappropriation, prosecutors must validate in court that you had control of the money but did not have ownership. In simple terms, the court must receive conclusive evidence that another party or organization allowed you to have control over their finances. Nevertheless, multiple nuances are involved in determining whether a defendant was granted control over another party’s funds. It is crucial to say as little as possible while your case plays out and allow your attorney to strategize a defense that exposes the prosecutor’s case as too weak for conviction.


Intent is the most crucial element in misappropriation cases, as it refers to you knowingly committing an illegal act with another party’s money. If it can be proven that your actions resulted from an honest mistake or error, you cannot be convicted of committing a crime. However, prosecutors may have more leeway in proving their case against you, as they do not need to demonstrate that you physically took the money. Trust in an attorney who can work with forensic accountants and other experts to examine the evidence in your case. In some situations, these professionals may serve as expert witnesses, potentially swaying a jury in your favor.

Conversion and Return

Conversion plays a crucial role in misappropriation cases. This can be anything from a simple transfer of money to your bank account or using the money to pay bills and purchase various items. Even if you took the money with plans to return it later, you can still be charged with misappropriation.

Penalties for Misappropriation

Severe penalties may befall you if convicted of misappropriation. Public employees found guilty of misusing public funds generally face more stringent punishments than private citizens. The charges against you may vary from misdemeanors to felonies, depending on your state and the specific circumstances of your case. Having a lawyer who can effectively argue your case in court may play a vital role in lessening the penalties against you.

Fines Prison Sentence Probation
Up to $10,000 Up to 10 years Possible to avoid prison

Regardless, if convicted, you can expect the court to order you to pay restitution to your victims.

Realizing that your freedom, reputation, and financial future hinge on the outcome of your case, do not hesitate to schedule a consultation with NJ misappropriation lawyers who will fiercely fight to prove your innocence and secure a triumphant outcome.

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