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Check Fraud

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Have you been legally accused of committing check fraud? If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, it is essential to obtain legal council for help. It’s important to take your charges seriously. Don’t just hope for the best. Hire an attorney who understands your situation and the consequences you face.

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Your Defense Attorney for Check Fraud Charges

I’m Mark A. Broughton and I’m here to fight for you. I have been a defense Attorney for 40+ years and have represented thousands of people accused of crimes. I have extensive experience representing citizens charged with White Collar Crimes such as Credit Card Fraud, Embezzlement, Insurance Fraud, and Prescription Drug Fraud, to name a few.

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What is Check Fraud?

Check fraud is when you make, use, or possess or attempt to make or use a fake, altered, or forged check in order to obtain money, property, or services with fraudulent intent.

Check fraud is part of California’s forgery laws. The following elements have to be true in order to be guilty of check fraud:
You made, used, or possessed or attempted to make or use a fake or altered check, knowing that it was fake or altered and had the intent to defraud someone or a company by using that fake check.

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Penalties for Check Fraud

Check fraud is a wobbler, meaning that it can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the facts of the case and the defendant’s criminal history.
It is only charged as a misdemeanor if the value is no more than $950 and there was no identity theft committed in the process.

As a misdemeanor the penalties include:

  • Imprisonment
  • A maximum fine of $1,000

As a felony the penalties include:

  • Felony probation
  • Imprisonment
  • A maximum fine of $10,000
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Legal Defenses for Check Fraud

If you didn’t have fraudulent intent then you aren’t guilty of check fraud. Even if you were unaware or made a mistake, if you weren’t intending to commit fraud then you can’t be guilty of check fraud.

If you had permission to alter a check by the person who had the authority to do so, you haven’t committed check fraud.

Mistaken identity is very common in these cases. Perhaps you were in the wrong place at the wrong time, drove a similar car as the person who committed check fraud, or looked like the person who committed check fraud. An experienced lawyer knows how to get to the truth.

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