Effective Breach of Trust Attorney Defending Greenville Clients
When you accept an offer of employment, there are likely very specific terms you must abide to throughout the course of your work. If you fail to comply with these terms, you could be charged with a breach of trust. A breach of trust conviction on your record may prevent you from working in your industry of expertise and could impact your employability for years to come. If you are facing an employment-related criminal charge, we can help.
Embezzlement & Breach of Trust
Breach of trust is another term for embezzlement in South Carolina. In order to convict you of breach of trust, the state prosecutor must be able to prove:
- A fiduciary relationship existed between you and your employer, also referred to as a relationship of trust
- You violated this relationship by stealing or failing to return property that belongs to your employer
- You intended to defraud your employer by your actions
Breach of Trust Penalties
Your charges and sentencing will depend on the dollar amount of the property you allegedly stole. Amounts of less than $2,000 result in a misdemeanor and up to 30 days in jail. Amounts between $2,000 and $10,000 result in a felony charge and up to five years in jail, whereas a stolen amount of more than $10,000 results in a felony conviction and up to ten years in jail.