Fraud can occur in many ways and bring serious consequences. If the police accuse you of fraud, you must take the allegations seriously.
Call our criminal defense attorneys if you face any fraud charges in Folsom. Formerly prosecutors, we now dedicate our practice to protecting people’s rights and defending their freedom.
Criminal fraud is a white-collar crime that occurs when someone, through deception or deceit, gains an undeserved personal benefit — usually money — at someone else’s expense.
Financial fraud involves stealing money through trickery or other manipulation. Some common examples include:
Financial fraud can also occur if someone creates false checks (PC §476), alters real ones, or forges someone’s name to gain a benefit. Securities fraud is also a financial crime.
When someone attempts to claim insurance payments wrongfully, they can be charged with insurance fraud (PC §550). Insurance fraud can occur in several ways, such as:
California’s bustling real estate market presents many opportunities for fraud, such as:
More complex scams such as Ponzi schemes can also lure investors with promises of high returns through nonexistent rental income or property flips.
Criminals often target vulnerable older people and lure them into financial traps through:
Mail fraud involves using the U.S. postal service to defraud someone through schemes like:
Mail fraud can be charged as a federal crime since the postal service operates under the federal government.
Fraud is a wobbler crime in California. Prosecutors can charge you with either a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the details of the alleged offense.
Regardless of the level of charge, the state will confiscate any money or property acquired through fraud. A fraud defense lawyer in Folsom will ensure you fully understand the charges against you and the possible penalties.
Many fraud crimes are charged like theft, which means the charge level you face is influenced by the value of the money or property allegedly taken. For misdemeanor fraud (involving amounts less than $950), you face up to one year in jail and fines of up to $1,000. You also may be sentenced to probation, community service, and restitution.
Since fraud often involves wrongfully taking large amounts of money, it is more often charged as a felony. A felony conviction can carry years in jail and fines of $10,000 and up to $50,000. These offenses typically have multiple options for prison sentences based on the statute, often between two and five years. Similar to misdemeanors, you may face additional penalties such as probation and restitution.
Working with a fraud defense lawyer in Folsom is crucial to avoiding the harshest penalties when facing fraud charges. Just because you’re arrested doesn’t mean you’ll be convicted.
Your attorney will investigate the case against you to build a strong defense strategy, which might include:
We can also provide defenses to specific types of fraud charges. For example, if you’re charged with identity theft, you can prove the stolen information was not used by you or that you were a victim of identity theft yourself. Or, if you were charged with insurance fraud, you can provide evidence showing that you did not intentionally exaggerate your claim or fake an injury.
No matter what type of fraud charge you face, our defense attorneys will uniquely address the allegations against you and work hard for the best possible outcome.
When you are charged with fraud for the first time, you need an attorney who will fight to clear your name and do what they can to help you avoid a conviction. Don’t answer police questions until you speak with a knowledgeable attorney.
Fraud charges are serious and carry jail time and fines if convicted. Working with a fraud defense lawyer provides the best chance to retain the freedoms you enjoyed before the arrest.