Fraud is the wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain. Fraud can be committed on a material item (document), by words, misleading contentions, or by concealing information that should have been disclosed.
Fraud crimes can be charged as both a felony or a misdemeanor, depending on your criminal history and the facts of your case. There are also many fraud offenses that will always be charged as felonies.
In order to be found guilty of fraud, the prosecution must prove that you had the intent to commit fraud, if you didn’t have a fraudulent intent then you cannot be charged with fraud. other common defenses used in fraud cases are mistaken identity, and acquittal based on entrapment.
It is extremely important to hire an attorney as soon as possible, if you are under the suspicion that you are being investigated it is a good time to call an attorney. The earlier on that an attorney starts working on your defense the better your result may be. During early intervention an experienced lawyer may be able to get the charges reduced or dismissed before they are even filed.
At the Law Office of David Chesley, we have the best attorneys in Southern California at your service. With over 50 years of courtroom experience, our attorneys will fight aggressively to prove the innocence of our clients.
If you have been arrested after a fraud crime investigation or are being questioned by law enforcement agents, it is in your best interest to remain silent until you can contact your attorney. Criminal defense attorneys have studied the fine points of these crimes for years and have experience dealing not only with the situation at hand, but also with law enforcement agencies.
Below is a list of common fraud crimes, both felony and misdemeanor ones.
- Mail Fraud
- Welfare Fraud
- Work Comp Fraud
- SEC Fraud
- Federal Tax Evasion
- State Tax Fraud
- Public Corruption (bribery)
- Ponzi Schemes
- Mortgage Fraud
- Medical Fraud
- Check & Credit Card Fraud
- Prescription Fraud
If you have any question or concerns regarding fraud, contact an attorney from the Law Offices of David Chesley and receive a free consultation today.