Trust the Experienced Fraud Defense Attorney to Fight Your Case for You
Regardless of the type of fraud you have been accused of, this is a charge to take seriously. Whether you are charged by the state or in a federal court, there could be long-lasting consequences for you and your business. This is a situation in which you need the best attorney you can find. This is a situation in which you need Simmons Wagner, LLP. Call us now at (949) 439-5857 to request a free legal consultation.
Fraud is Considered a “Crime of Moral Turpitude”
One of the reasons it can be so difficult to face charges of fraud is the fact that the crime is considered a “crime of moral turpitude.” This can result in additional consequences such as longer prison sentences, larger fines, and more money required for restitution.
If you work in a professional service, you could also see your career ended as a result of nothing more than the accusation of fraud. A person who is not yet a full citizen of the United States could be deported and not allowed to return.
A doctor, nurse, or lawyer faced with a fraud charge could end up before a professional discipline committee at risk of losing their license. For these and other reasons, fraud is a very serious charge that should be taken seriously.
Turn to Us for Help with All Types of Fraud Causes
“Fraud” is a catchall term that involves the accusation of using deception to secure an unlawful gain or to cause another party to suffer a loss. The specifics of each charge vary based on the type of fraud you are faced with. Some of the types of fraud we can help you with include:
- Insurance fraud
- Business fraud
- Money laundering
- Bankruptcy fraud
- Workers’ Comp fraud
- Mortgage fraud
- Internet fraud
- Immigration fraud
Are you being charged with a type of fraud that you do not see listed? Contact Simmons Wagner, LLP at (949) 439-5857 to see how we can help.
The Potential Consequences of a Fraud Conviction in California
The specific consequences you will face if convicted of fraud depend on two major factors:
- The type of fraud you are convicted of
- The value of the fraud
Most types of fraud are considered wobblers, which means that they can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the specifics of the case. Generally speaking, if the value of the fraud was less than $950, it is likely to be charged as a misdemeanor, while cases involving more money will be charged as felonies.
If convicted of a felony, a person could face two, three, or five years in jail, along with fines of up to $50,000 or double the fraud amount – whichever is larger. These are significant charges that need the best fraud defense attorney.
For people in certain professions, a fraud conviction could also mean an end to their career. If you have been accused of or charged with fraud, contact Simmons Wagner, LLP at (949) 439-5857 for a free legal consultation.