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Larceny & Embezzlement

Judges Hammer


Larceny is essentially theft as is embezzlement which is a specialized form of theft. Those who are accused of any type of theft, from minor shoplifting to felony larceny or embezzlement of thousands of dollars face not only the criminal penalties of incarceration, fines, long probation, and possible civil charges from alleged victims but the collateral damage of a permanent criminal record. Your criminal record can become a distinct barrier in the future in terms of obtaining employment, housing, professional licenses in your career of choice, and more. In cases of theft, it can be seen as even more of a barrier as it signifies dishonesty. 

At The Law Office of Brett V. Beaubien, we understand the deeply negative impact that such a conviction can have on your reputation, your job or career, and thus your livelihood, your family, and your ability to prosper in the future. Mr. Beaubien will take the time to thoroughly investigate all aspects of your arrest and the charges in search of weaknesses by the prosecution which can work to your advantage. He starts with a free consultation in which you can directly speak with him about your situation to learn more about where you stand, your options, and what can be done in your defense.

Request a free case review with our Providence larceny and embezzlement attorney in our Rhode Island office by contacting The Law Office of Brett V. Beaubien via email or at (401) 246-8579. Hablamos español.  We serve clients in Bristol County, Attleboro, Norfolk County, Providence County & throughout Rhode Island & Massachusetts.


Larceny, theft, and embezzlement crimes are governed by Rhode Island General Laws § 11-41-1 through  § 11-41-34. Under these laws, any form of theft involves the taking of property or services from others without their permission and with the intent to deprive them of it. Whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or a felony in these alleged crimes depends on the value of what was taken and other circumstances involved in the charges. 

For example, misdemeanor theft in Rhode Island occurs when the value of what was stolen is less than $500 and the crime does not involve the use of force. It is punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a fine as high as $500. 

Felony theft in our state involves taking goods or services valued at $500 and more or stealing a firearm. Felony theft carries up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000. These penalties may be steeper if the alleged victim of the theft is a senior citizen over the age of 65. 

Embezzlement in Rhode Island

An embezzlement is a form of theft that is committed by individuals who have been authorized to manage the money or property of others, such as accountants or estate administrators. When these individuals covertly steal funds or property for their own personal gain and which is not legally theirs, they have committed embezzlement. 

Embezzlement of less than $100 in value is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. Embezzlement of more than $100 in value carries up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000 or up to three times the value of what was stolen, whichever is more. 

Call The Law Office of Brett V. Beaubien

Being convicted of any type of theft as well as embezzlement can be devastating to your future. Even allegations of theft, before you have had your day in court, can create a negative stigma that can be destructive to your reputation. This is why it is critical to bring in a proven criminal defense attorney who understands what is on the line for you and who will work zealously to protect your rights and your best interests from start to finish. Our attorney can get to work immediately on your behalf to fight the charges, restore your reputation, and preserve your freedom. 

Contact The Law Office of Brett V. Beaubien today to get started with our Providence appeals attorney.