Theft & Fraud Defense in San Jose, California
Some assume that criminal charges only affect “other” people–those with drug habits, violent tempers, or mired in poverty. The truth, however, is that everyone is at risk of having trouble and running afoul of various criminal laws. In fact, one of the most common charges faced by residents of all ages and income brackets in San Jose are fraud and theft.
From shoplifting charges to sophisticated “white collar” crimes, it is critical to retain experienced legal help whenever you are charged with taking property unlawfully.
Theft, Fraud and White Collar Crimes in California
California laws include a wide range of property crimes. some of the most common include:
- Grand Theft – Illegally taking property in excess of $950, though at times one could face grand theft charges even when the theft involves less valuable property
- Embezzlement – Taking property that has been entrusted to you by others
- Identity Theft
- Forgery – Creating or altering a document to deprive another of property (like using another’s check)
- Insurance Fraud
- Investment Fraud
- Credit Card Fraud
- Medicare Fraud
- Tax Evasion
- Welfare Fraud
- Petty Theft – The illegal taking of property less than $950
Potential Punishments for Fraud & Theft
The potential penalties and punishments vary considerably from crime to crime. The least severe fraud and theft charges may result in a few hundred dollars in fines. The most severe charges, however, can come with thousands of dollars in fines on top of multiple years in prison.
In addition, the specific aspects of your own circumstances can be treated as “enhancements” with increased penalties. For example, if the alleged victim is elderly or if the crime involves loss of significant funds (over $65,000) then your punishments may lead to longer jail time and higher fines.
When complete acquittal is not feasible, one of your attorney’s primary objectives is ensuring that your punishments are as low as possible. This is accomplished by working with prosecutors to reach fair plea bargains.
Defenses Against Theft & Fraud Charges
Being charged with a crime is far different than being convicted of that crime. Prosecutors have the burden of proof. Hunches, suspicions, and questionable behavior alone is insufficient to be convicted of a crime. In the case of theft, fraud, and other white collar charges, it is not uncommon for there to be serious gaps in the evidence. An attorney can ensure that prosecutors actually meet their burden.
Contact a San Jose Theft & Fraud Defense Attorney
San Jose criminal defense lawyer Charles Mesirow works with local residents facing theft, fraud, and white collar charges. Considering the stakes, it is critical to ensure you have an advocate on your side with a track-record of success. Mr. Mesirow is proud to put his decades of experience and commitment to aggressively advance your interests. Call our office at 408-288-8100 or send us a message online to start the process now.