Fraud Defense Attorney in College Station
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Fraud is considered a criminal charge in which a person acquires money
or property by some form of deceit or scam. Whether it was a salesman
who lied about the value of their product or a business lying about a
deal to make you sign a contract, innocent Texans lose money to frauds
by scam artists every single day.
Some acts of fraud include the following:
- Steal an unsigned check from another person in order to pass it as yours
- Fill, sign, and cash a check which doesn’t belong to you, without
the owner’s permission
- According to Texas law, even accepting a stolen check knowingly is considered fraud
- Make false entries in books or records
- Create a false deed or other real estate document
Credit card fraud
- Use a credit or debit card which doesn’t belong to you, even if it’s
expired, revoked, or cancelled
- Steal a credit or debit card with the intent to use it, sell it or transfer
it to anyone but the cardholder
- Purchase a credit or debit card from someone knowing it is stolen
- Intentionally defraud, deceive, or mislead an insurer
Fraud Penalties and Sentences
Forgery crimes can result in either a misdemeanor or felony conviction,
based on the item involved and the age of the victim. A state jail felony
charge will be given if the writing is a deed, mortgage, will, or any
document authorizing payment or money transfer, which is punishable by
18 months to two years in jail and a maximum fine of $10,000.
Other forgery charges include:
Felony of the third degree
- Paper money, revenue or postage stamps, stocks or bonds, or a government record.
- Two to 10 years in prison with a maximum fine of $10,000
Class A misdemeanor
- Maximum one year in jail with a fine up to $4,000
Credit card fraud results in a felony conviction, with a penalty of 180
days to two years in a state penitentiary and a maximum fine of $10,000.
If crime was committed on an elderly person, then it is considered a third
degree penalty, which carries a two to ten year prison sentence with the
same fine amount.
Insurance fraud charges depend on the amount or value of the claim. Less
than $50 is a Class C misdemeanor, which carries a $500 fine. The harshest
penalty is associated with fraudulent claims valuing at over $200,000,
which is considered a first degree felony and carries a state prison sentence
of five to 99 years and a fine up to $10,000.
Let Us Protect Your Rights and Reputation
Whether it’s a misdemeanor or felony, you have a good chance of being
sentenced to receive community service for a first-time offender or if
the case doesn’t involve large sums of money. However, a criminal
charge could cause irreparable damage to your reputation, making it difficult
to register for college, apply for jobs, or purchase a home.
The Law Office of Shane Phelps, P.C., our College Station criminal defense attorneys are committed to fighting
for the justice you deserve. With decades of legal experience, we will
conduct our own investigation in order to determine if the evidence against
you holds up in court.
Do not hesitate to
contact us at (979) 773-7028 today for
a complimentary consultation.