Theft from an employer is considered more serious than theft from a person. Stealing from an employer carries a higher risk of a jail sentence. The reason that theft from an employer carries higher penalties is that there is a relationship of trust between employers and employees. Employees often have access to company money in order to perform their jobs, and employers count on their employees to act in good faith. A breach of trust is an aggravating factor on sentencing for theft.
Being convicted of a theft charge can have serious consequences. The court of appeal has indicated that an appropriate setnece for a first-time theft from employer is a period of incarceration. You may also end up with a criminal record which could hurt your job prospects in the future. Having a lawyer to defend you on these charges could be a great help to keep you criminal-record free.