San Bernardino/Redlands Fraud Lawyers
Fraud Charges in California
Are you or someone you know facing an investigation or charges based on some type of fraud? If so, you should turn immediately to a trusted and competent criminal defense lawyer in your local area. A conviction of any type of fraud can result in jail or prison time, heavy fines, probation periods, and restitution to victims. Furthermore, a conviction means you will have a permanent criminal record that can be accessed on any routine background check. Such a record can damage your chances for success when seeking a new job, rental housing, or educational opportunities. It can mean the loss of a professional license as well, such in nursing, pharmacy, real estate, and more.
Our firm stands ready to help you at this critical time with highly knowledgeable and skilled legal representation. At Kassel and Kassel, you can work with a legal team that has provided outstanding service in Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside, Victorville, Banning, San Bernardino, Redlands, and the surrounding areas since 1992. Our firm handles both state and federal criminal cases involving all types and complexities of fraud investigations and charges. We are AV Preeminent® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® which is the highest peer reviewed rating possible through this respected legal organization.
What is Fraud?
Fraud is a white-collar crime that is generally financially motivated using deceit, misrepresentation, or misleading statements or behavior. It is committed for personal gain or benefits and usually results in financial loss to the victims. Fraud can be committed against individuals, businesses, and government agencies. It is usually committed by someone in a position of authority, such as an accountant, bookkeeper, investment professional, entrepreneur, or the like. While fraud crimes are commonly nonviolent, they are still heavily pursued and prosecuted to protect the public and various governments from financial losses.
Types of Fraud Offenses
Kassel and Kassel defends all types of fraud, including but not limited to, the following:
- Identity theft
- Passing bad checks
- Money laundering
- Credit card fraud
- Bank and wire fraud
- Insurance fraud
- Mail fraud
- Health care fraud, including Medicare and Medicaid
- Welfare fraud
- Investment scams such as Ponzi schemes
- Securities fraud
- Tax fraud
These types of fraud may be committed by an individual or a group of people and may involve complicated financial maneuverings designed to obfuscate and to deceive others. Fraudulent activities can wind up being investigated by state and federal law enforcement agencies for months or even years as prosecutors aggressively seek to gather and document as much evidence as possible for a conviction.
Many fraud offenses in California can be charged as either misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the circumstances. How they are charged will depend on the type of offense, the extent of financial damage incurred to victims, and your criminal history, if any. These offenses are also considered to be “crimes of moral turpitude” which can lead to immigration consequences for noncitizens, such as deportation. They can also lead to asset and property seizure by the government.
Turn to an Aggressive Defender
When facing a serious legal matter such as a fraud investigation or charge, you will need to match the prosecution’s aggressive stance with one of your own. Our San Bernardino/Redlands fraud attorneys have considerable experience, seasoned trial skills, and a determination to provide you with the most effective defense possible. Through careful investigation and legal analysis, we can create a strategic plan to put you in the best possible position before prosecutors, judges, and juries. When your freedom and future are at stake, you can rely on our legal ability and depth of service.
Talk to an attorney about your fraud case at (909) 581-4888 today.
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