Fraud is typically defined as a breach of confidence, perpetrated for profit or to gain some unfair or dishonest advantage. Violations of California’s criminal fraud laws happen when someone commits an act that gives them an unfair advantage and/or causes harm or loss to another person.
There are many variations on such charges, some of which include:
- Credit Card Fraud
- Foreclosure Fraud
- Health Care Fraud
- Internet Fraud
- Insurance Fraud
- Mail Fraud
- Prescription Fraud
- Securities Fraud
- Welfare Fraud
- Workers Compensation Fraud
Many of these can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances. There are also a number of fraud offenses that are automatically charged as felonies in the state of California. Many can also be prosecuted as a federal crime, which would involve more severe penalties.
Common legal defenses for fraud, depending on the case, include lack of fraudulent intent, entrapment, and mistaken identity.
The law office of H. Charles Gorian has years of experience fighting fraud charges. We know the California laws that affect your situation and we are prepared to stand in your corner and battle for your legal rights. Our law firm has helped men and women throughout Riverside County, San Bernardino County, Orange and San Diego County, and we may be able to help you.
One phone call could be the difference between harsh criminal penalties and freedom. Call our lawyer today for a free, no-risk, no-obligation case evaluation.