Breach Of Trust

Breach of trust crimes are extremely harshly prosecuted in South Carolina. What is typically referred to as embezzlement is called breach of trust in South Carolina, when it involves a private entity. These types of charges often arise when there is a disagreement with an employer or another person who feels that he or she is owed money. In some cases, the issues arise when an employee borrows a vehicle and does not return it promptly, or when equipment is taken from a job site and the employer blames a worker.

In other cases money comes up missing and an employee is blamed. In order to work toward a conviction in these cases, the state must demonstrate:

  1. A fiduciary, trust or relationship and that something was taken in violation of that trust
  2. An intent to defraud the alleged victim

Potential penalties are dependent on the dollar amount alleged to have been taken or the value of the property alleged to have been stolen. Under $2,000 is a misdemeanor punishable by 30 days in jail, while $2,000 to $10,000 is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. Anything greater than $10,000 is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

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If you or someone close to you has been charged with breach of trust, we are ready to bring more than a quarter century of criminal defense experience to aggressively defend and work toward an outright dismissal or mitigation of consequences. We work one-on-one in order to fully understand the ideal action in every case. From there we are unrelenting in our advocacy. We strongly encourage you to reach out as soon as possible.

To discuss any breach of trust issue in a free initial consultation with a Clemson breach of trust charge attorney, call 864-551-4370 or email us.