When you have been arrested or charged with fraud, it is essential you realize that you DO have the right to remain silent, and that speaking to police or prosecutors without the presence of your lawyer could be potentially damaging to your case. At The Justice Firm, our Los Angeles fraud crime attorneys are dedicated to providing clients with the most effective, vigorous defense possible.
Fraud offenses are often referred to as "white collar" crimes, simply because most involve professional or business people who have for one reason or another made a bad decision which could possibly end in a conviction, and thus leave them facing criminal penalties. Even if you have not been arrested but are under investigation, it is important to speak with a skilled and knowledgeable Los Angeles fraud defense lawyer right away. In fact, your attorney may be able to intercede while in the investigative stage, in some cases preventing criminal prosecution.Capable White Collar Crime Lawyers
Our Los Angeles fraud crime defense firm is committed to providing clients with outstanding legal representation. Our fierce litigators are highly capable of handling evidence which, in the case of white collar crimes, may be complex and voluminous. Our years of experience and highly developed legal skills allow us to reach the desired outcome for our clients in the majority of cases. We understand the serious penalties those convicted of fraud face; our primary goal is to protect you from a conviction, and the resulting criminal penalties.
Some of the most common fraud crimes individuals are accused of include:
- Mail and wire fraud
- Bank fraud
- Credit card fraud
- Healthcare fraud
- Pension Fraud
- Real estate fraud
- Insurance fraud
- ERISA fraud
If you have been arrested or charged with any fraud-related criminal offense, contact our office immediately at 310-914-2444.California Fraud Crime Penalties
The criminal penalties for fraud crimes in California are severe, and depend on the offense committed, your criminal history, and other factors. Here are a few examples of the punishment individuals face for various crimes:
Bank fraud. Up to 30 years in prison along with fines of as much as $1,000,000
Mail fraud. The penalties for mail fraud may include fines of up to $1,000,000 and up to 30 years in prison depending on whether the crime committed involves a federally insured financial institution
Healthcare fraud. Penalties will vary depending on the circumstances, and whether the allegations against you involve Medicare or Medicaid fraud, medical billing fraud, or other healthcare fraud. For instance, if you are accused of misdemeanor Medi-Cal fraud, you may be sentenced to a fine of up to $10,000 and a maximum of one year in county jail. If convicted on felony charges, the penalties increase substantially and may include up to life in prison if an individual loses his/her life as a result of the crime. If no one suffers death or serious bodily injury, the normal prison sentence is 16 months to five years.
The examples demonstrate the serious consequences individuals face when convicted of a criminal offense involving fraudulent activity.Contact Our Criminal Defense Team Immediately
At The Justice Firm, we urge you to consult with a qualified Los Angeles fraud crime defense lawyer immediately if you even suspect you are under investigation. The importance of getting an early start on your case cannot be stressed enough. As soon as you contact us we will begin work reviewing and investigating your case, so that a strong and effective defense can be developed.
Don't put your freedom, future, and reputation at risk. Contact us immediately for a free consultation at 310-914-2444.