Depending on the circumstances, fraud can result in misdemeanor or felony charges in Texas. However, it is important to understand that those facing fraud charges are not necessarily guilty. Even a simple misunderstanding can lead to serious criminal charges. Furthermore, some people commit fraud in the name of innocent people, leading to false accusations of fraud. If you are wrongly accused of fraud in Dallas, you may face severe penalties such as heavy fines, prison sentences, immigration consequences, and loss of certain privileges. Without legal help, these penalties could have serious, long-term consequences on your career, finances, reputation, and freedom.
What is fraud?
under Texas lawFraud is the crime of providing misleading information about oneself with the intent to obtain money or property to which a person is not entitled. Some fraud cases involve relatively small amounts of money, such as fraudulent credit card purchases, while others involve large amounts, such as those involved in large-scale insurance fraud.
Fraud in Texas can take many different forms, including:
- Identity theft
- Check fraud
- Credit card fraud
- Insurance fraud
- Medical fraud
- Welfare fraud
- Unemployment fraud
- Workers’ comp fraud
- Tax fraud
- Mortgage fraud
- Securities fraud
- Computer fraud
How a Dallas Fraud Attorney Can Help
The good news is that you don’t have to deal with false accusations of fraud alone. Alternatively, you can work with a knowledgeable fraud attorney who handles cases involving white-collar crimes and can develop effective and personalized defenses to various charges and circumstances.
A Dallas fraud lawyer can help you defend your rights by:
- Investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding the alleged fraud
- Develop a customized defense strategy that fits your situation
- Refute the prosecution’s arguments with facts and evidence
- Move to dismiss prosecution evidence obtained in violation of your rights
- Negotiate with the prosecutor to reach a plea deal, if appropriate
- Representing you in court, including during trial and at pre-trial hearings
- Appeal your case upon conviction, if possible
- Providing legal advice and guidance throughout the process
- Work to clear your name of false charges and restore your reputation
Understand the process if you are accused of fraud
The legal system can be confusing and overwhelming, especially for those who have been falsely accused of a crime they did not commit. Here’s what you can expect from the process:
- You may be arrested and detained by the police.
- You should speak with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
- You will need to appear for pre-trial hearings.
- Give your lawyer any evidence and information you have, even if it is not good. Your attorney needs to know all the facts, and your discussions with him need to be protected.
- Your attorney may negotiate with the prosecutor to resolve your case without a trial. They may also try to have the charges reduced or dismissed.
- If the issues are not resolved, the case will go to trial, where a judge or jury will issue a decision.
- There are pros and cons to accepting a plea agreement, so make sure you understand them all before accepting any offer from the prosecution.
Contact Broden & Mickelsen, LLP for assistance today
Are you facing false fraud accusations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area? Contact Broden & Mickelsen, LLP for assistance. Our Dallas fraud attorneys can support you during this difficult time and work tirelessly to clear your name. Contact us today to learn more about your legal options in a free initial consultation.