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Do you need a Criminal Defense Attorney in Fresno? If you have been arrested or charged with check fraud, it is essential to obtain legal council for help right away.  

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.

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 FraudEmbezzlementMortgage Fraud, and Prescription Drug Fraud, to name a few.

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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 FraudEmbezzlementMortgage Fraud, and Prescription Drug Fraud, to name a few.

10.0Mark A. Broughton
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About Mark Broughton:

Compassionate, highly experienced, exceptional reputation, ethical and honest:

Mark Broughton has been practicing law for over 40 years. He estimates that he has conducted over 200 jury trials – everything from DUIs, drug cases, sex cases, domestic violence, assaults, “three-strikes,” dozens of cases involving criminal street gangs, gun/deadly weapons, drive-by shootings, robberies, attempted murders, and murders, including special circumstance murder cases.

He has received many outright Not Guilty verdicts for his clients in all of these types of cases, including several murder cases – at one time between 2005-2007, the jury found his clients Not Guilty in four separate cases in a row.

Mark Broughton is qualified as a death penalty lawyer and is on the special circumstances/death penalty panel of attorneys in Fresno, California, where he is regularly appointed to special circumstances/death penalty murder cases by the Fresno County Superior Court.

Other Qualifications:
  • Certified Specialist Criminal Law, State Bar of California
  • Board of Trustees, State Bar of California
  • Chairman, Fresno County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section

Mark Broughton enjoys close relationships with his clients.  He sees every individual’s situation with compassion and empathy and believes that every person has the right to a fair trial and is innocent until proven guilty.

Above all, he enjoys helping reunite his clients and their families during and after dealing with perhaps the most difficult time in their lives, going through the challenging criminal process with them.

Practice Areas

  • Federal Crime 40%
  • White Collar Crime 20%
  • Violent Crime 20%
  • Criminal Defense 10%
  • Sex Crimes 10%

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