Are you facing fraud charges? Get help from an expert fraud defense attorney now
In broad terms, a fraud is committed any time you commit an act that results in an unfair or undeserved benefit to yourself, and/or causes another person to suffer harm or loss. Frauds are most often committed in an effort to escape criminal culpability or out of a desire for financial gain. There are many different types of fraud discussed in the California Penal Code, including insurance fraud, real estate fraud, check fraud, credit card fraud, identity theft, internet fraud, handicap parking fraud, and mail fraud (which is actually a federal offense). If you have been charged with any type of fraud, it is crucial that you engage the help of an expert Southern California fraud defense lawyer to protect your rights.
Penalties for Fraud
Because there are so many different types of fraud, the penalties may vary significantly, based not only on the nature of the crime, the magnitude of the fraud, and the defendant’s criminal background, but also on whether the crime is prosecuted as a misdemeanor, an automatic felony, or a federal crime. In general, penalties for fraud can include significant jail time and steep fines. The state of California may also confiscate any property or assets gained through the fraud.
Possible Legal Defenses
If you have been charged with fraud, a criminal defense lawyer can argue the case in one of three ways. They can try to prove that you were misidentified as the culprit—either by a mistaken eyewitness or by an incorrect assumption based on circumstantial evidence. They can also try to prove that entrapment led to the commission of the fraudulent act, but this would be rare because entrapment is difficult to prove in California. The most common strategy for a fraud defense attorney to take is to focus on proving that there was no fraudulent intent. Without intent, there is no fraud.
Choosing Your Southern California Fraud Defense Lawyer
When you choose Dan E. Chambers as your southern California criminal defense attorney, you know you are in good hands. Dan is extremely experienced in complicated legal defense cases, and he will give your case his personal attention, examine the evidence thoroughly, and come up with an aggressive legal strategy to protect your rights.