Fraud is a serious offense in California, so it’s crucial that you know what to do when charged with fraud. You must be proactive in defending yourself, including obtaining legal counsel right away.
In California, fraud happens when an individual (or company) misrepresents facts which then leads to an undeserved benefit and causes the victim loss or harm.
Types of Fraud
Fraud takes many forms, including:
- Check fraud
- Real estate fraud
- Mortgage fraud
- Wire fraud
- Securities fraud
- Identity theft
- Mail fraud
Depending on the circumstances, fraud can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony.
Fraud charges can carry significant penalties, including imprisonment and substantial fines. So it is essential to have an experienced criminal lawyer on your side who can protect your rights and build a robust defense.
What to Do When Charged With Fraud
If you have been charged with fraud, here are some specific things you should do:
The most important thing you can do when facing fraud charges is to exercise your right to remain silent. Do not make any statements to law enforcement without first consulting with an attorney.
Your words could be used against you, and any incriminating statements you make could weaken your defense.
Take the Charges Seriously
Don’t wait and hope for the best. Get a criminal defense attorney on your side right away, specifically one with experience in handling fraud cases and who understands your situation and the consequences you’re facing.
Work with Your Attorney
Your attorney will need to gather and review all relevant evidence, including documentation, witness statements, and any other materials that could be used to build a strong defense.
Work with your attorney to gather as much information as possible to help fight the charges against you.
Next, your attorney will thoroughly review the evidence against you and assess the strength of the prosecution’s case. If the evidence against you is weak, your attorney may be able to negotiate a favorable plea bargain or have the charges dropped altogether.
Then, if your case proceeds to trial, your attorney will work with you to make sure you’re prepared. This will include developing a strong defense strategy, preparing witnesses, and presenting evidence to support your case.
There are legal defenses for fraud, so work with your attorney to explore what gives you the best chance of a positive outcome.
If You’ve Been Accused of Fraud
If you’re facing charges of fraud, it’s important to obtain legal counsel to help protect your rights and help you fight the charges.
Call (559) 691-6222 or use our convenient online form to Schedule a Consultation to get legal help today.
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