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Los Angeles Fraud Lawyers
Different Crimes of Fraud
When a person obtains a benefit by providing misleading or incorrect information, it is a case of fraud. The area of fraud covers a wide range of possible crimes from giving false identity to obtain credit to false financial information to obtain a home loan. Individuals may commit a crime of fraud in order seek benefits from insurance companies. Fraud is a white collar crime that is non-violent in nature and committed for gain of some sort.
Before speaking to authorities, it is important to contact a criminal defense attorney for legal advice in order to avoid making incriminating statements following an arrest. The defense team at Takakjian & Sitkoff has attorneys with a wide range of experience as former district attorneys and a former Superior Court Commissioner. We utilize that knowledge and understanding of criminal law and practical experience to offer the best defense we can for clients accused of committing fraud. We successfully defend clients charged with all types of crimes.
Fraud Charges and Punishment
White collar crimes can include identity theft, embezzlement and forgery. Obtaining something wrongfully is a violation of state and federal laws and the courts take the cases seriously. The degree of punishment would depend on the magnitude of the crime committed as well as any prior convictions. An act of fraud involving obtaining a passport can be a federal offense and involve Homeland Security. A minor act of fraud may result in misdemeanor charges.
A person charged with fraud may receive a court sentence that includes:
- Jail time and probation
- Heavy costs and fines
- Restitution and community service
- Court-mandated counseling programs
It is essential to have representation by competent and effective legal counsel who aggressively fights for the rights and best interests of the clients. The goal of our defense team is a reduction or dismissal of charges against clients when accused of fraud. With our combined experience and unique backgrounds in the practice of law, Takakjian & Sitkoff can offer real help to individuals faced with real criminal charges of fraud. Make an appointment today for a consultation.