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I'm sorry to hear about your situation. When, specifically did you embezzle these funds?
From Spring or Summer of 2012 until November 2012.
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I'm sorry. Need advice if I should retain an attorney or report to police department and provide a statement.?
Embezzlment (Theft) is a Class C felony if the value of the property or services obtained is ten thousand dollars ($10,000) or more but less than sixty thousand dollars ($60,000)People convicted of class C felonies can be sentenced to prison terms of three to 15 years, as well as fines of up to $10,000. (Tenn. Ann. Code § 40-35-111.) The police have absolute zero discretion on what you're charged with (that's up to the DA to determine) and they'll tell you anything to get you to confess to the crime (it makes their job way easier). With a confession, you'll have almost zero room to negotiate with prosecutors.
I would absolutely get an attorney if possible.
The police are building a case against you.
You don't have to help them with the labor.
You have the RIGHT to remain silent. The moment you start talking, giving justifications, etc... you waive that right, and a judge can actually compel you to talk at that point.
I admire the police for what they do, but they're your adversaries at this point, so don't trust anything they say until you have it in writing from the DA.
Until then, you can maintain your 5th amendment right to remain silent.
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