AV Preeminent
The Florida Bar

Theft Crimes

Broward County Criminal Attorney Forum – Larceny & Embezzlement

We recently received an email from a Broward County individual asking as to make the distinction between larceny and embezzlement.

An important clue to distinguishing among larceny, embezzlement, and false pretenses, is the victim’s state of mind regarding the property. In larceny cases, the victim intends either to pass nothing or to pass mere physical custody of the property. In embezzlement cases, the victim intends to entrust temporary possession of the property to another (most often an employee). In situations involving false pretenses, the victim intends to give up all rights to the property by passing title and possession to another.

In all three forms of theft, the defendants must have an intent to deprive another of the property permanently. The defendants, however, can be distinguished by their conduct when initially acquiring the property.

The criminal attorneys at William Moore, P.A. handle all theft crimes and are available to discuss your criminal charges at our Broward, Broward County or Fort Lauderdale-Dade offices. A criminal charge should not be taken lightly and clients are advised to speak with several criminal attorneys before deciding who is right for them.

Client Reviews
William Moore saves the day once again... I can’t thank him enough for helping me get my life back on track...You’ll be glad he’s on your defense team, I guarantee it. Eric Bailey
William is an amazing lawyer on the first day he took my case from a felony to a misdemeanor. He always answered my calls and text messages, never a problem. He was always the one in court not sending someone else, unlike my last lawyer. 10/10 would recommend. If I ever have any other problems, he will be the first person I call. Shane B.