Facing a fraud charge? It’s imperative to start building a strong legal defense right away. Not only can fraud charges carry stiff penalties, but they can damage your professional and personal reputation. A Fort Worth fraud lawyer will be your best advocate as you navigate the complex criminal justice system. We can help.

Fraud charges can be complicated and paper-intensive. Our  experienced criminal defense attorneys will conduct a comprehensive investigation of the prosecution’s case against you and locate any legal issues that will work in your favor. We will work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome for your case.

What are Common Examples of Fraud in Fort Worth?

A wide range of offenses could constitute fraud under Texas law. The act of fraud involves someone using trickery or deception to obtain something of value, such as money or property.

Below are some common examples of offenses which may be classified as fraud:

  • Taking or accepting a stolen check
  • Writing bad checks
  • Stealing someone’s credit card
  • Forgery
  • Counterfeiting a real estate deed
  • Deliberately deceiving an insurance company
  • Wrongfully claiming to have earned a college degree
  • Duping someone into signing an agreement or other documents

Commercial bribery, fraudulent use of a debit card, falsifying legal documents, and filing an illicit property lien are also considered fraudulent acts. Our team of Fort Worth fraud lawyers will protect your legal rights and provide invaluable counsel and advocacy at each stage of the criminal proceedings.

What is the Penalty for a Fraud Conviction?

The  punishment for a fraud conviction depends on whether the crime is a misdemeanor or felony. The nature of the fraud, value of the property, and age of the alleged victim dictate the severity of the charge.

For example a large financial fraud committed against an elderly person could constitute a first-degree felony punishable by up to life in prison.

Subsequent Offenses for Repeat or Habitual Offenders

Individuals who have previously been convicted of felonies face much harsher punishments than first-time offenders. For example, someone who is charged with a state jail felony and has been convicted twice before of a state jail felony conviction face a third-degree felony punishable of two to 10 years in prison. Someone convicted of a felony (other than  a state jail felony) with two previous felony convictions could face a minimum of 25 years in prison and a maximum sentence of lifetime incarceration.

Discuss Your Case Today with a Fort Worth Fraud Attorney

Not only can a fraud conviction  leave you with a permanent criminal record, but it could impact your family, finances, and freedom. Leave nothing to chance. Contact an experienced Fort Worth fraud lawyer today.

Our team will give your case the full attention it deserves and work hard to mitigate the criminal accusations against you. To schedule your consultation, call now.