Denton Fraud Attorney
A charge of fraud, whether it is for a bad check or credit card abuse, could damage your work and other connections that are founded on trust. If you are accused of a fraud crime in the state of Texas, it is vital that you contact us at The Goolsby Law Firm as soon as possible.
The Goolsby Law Firm understands that fraud accusations are highly complicated and each case is unique. We have more than eleven years of experience defending people who were accused of fraud in Denton and other areas of North Texas.
The Penal Code of Texas states that fraud is an offense that involves deception, to obtain money or property that belongs to another person. The crime includes a variety of offenses such as credit card theft, identity theft, forgery, securities fraud, phone scams, debit card fraud, prescription fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, internet fraud and check fraud. The penalties depend on the kind of offense that was committed. Most charges of fraud in Texas are not considered as severe as robbery or burglary. However, you could serve time in prison if the amount is considerable. Charges of fraud are typically treated as misdemeanors although there are cases where they are considered as felonies.
Check forgery for example is generally charged as state jail felony while receiving or stealing stolen checks is usually considered class A misdemeanor. Credit card fraud depends on the amount of money at issue and could be charged as state jail felony that is punishable by a maximum of two years in state jail and significant fines. The punishment for identity theft depends on the number of identities that were stolen.
Defending Against an Accusation of Fraud
The police utilize documented evidence in charging people of fraud. It could be presented as receipts from a stolen credit card, signed bad check or forged documents that were used to access a stolen property. If fraud took place on the internet or the phone, traces could be used by investigators to track fraudulent activities.
If you or a member of your family has been arrested and charged with a fraud offense, you need a qualified fraud lawyer to protect your rights and defend you against the accusation in court. The Goolsby Law Firm could help you at this tough time. All you need to do is to contact our office for a free consultation about your case.
Ensure that you have an experienced legal counsel with you who is familiar with how the law operates in cases of fraud in Texas. For the majority of cases, fraud charges are treated as misdemeanors, which are punishable by up to two years in jail. Since the penalties are less severe, there is a big chance that you will get a dismissal if you have the right lawyer by your side.
Bear in mind though that although you may avoid imprisonment, a conviction could still affect your future. It can prevent you from working in businesses such as retail, where your responsibility is handling personal information and money. Call the Denton area lawyers today at The Goolsby Law Firm for sound legal advice.