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Defend Against Fraud Charges in Orange County

Understanding California Fraud Laws and Defense

If you’re here, you need to speak with a Orange County fraud lawyer as soon as possible. Being accused of fraud in California can mean several things. Fraud occurs when a person makes false claims for monetary gain. Allegations can arise from offenses involving fraudulent bankruptcies, securities, identity theft, and several other criminal offenses. It is known as a “wobbler” offense. This means that, depending upon their circumstances, defendants can be charged with a felony or a misdemeanor.

If you have been charged with fraud offenses, you can expect prosecutors to treat you and your offense very seriously. California fraud laws and penalties may require a skilled legal professional to properly evaluate your case and identify the best possible defense strategies to help prove your innocence.

Contact Our Orange County Fraud Defense Team at (844) 285-9559 for a Complimentary Case Review.

Penalties for Fraud in California: What You Need to Know

Key Elements of Fraud Charges in California

Most fraud crimes stem from the intent to gain something financially or as a way to elude criminal penalties.

Fraudulent crimes are distinguished by two actions:

  • Conducting an illegal activity such to benefit oneself
  • Performing an activity that is detrimental to a victim

To prosecute fraud, the state has the burden to prove certain elements beyond a reasonable doubt.

For instance, in the case of forgery by signing someone else’s name, the state must prove that:

  • The defendant signed someone else’s or a false name to a document
  • The defendant did not have the authority to sign that name
  • The defendant knew they did not have that authority
  • When the defendant committed the act, it was their intention to defraud

In cases of forgery by counterfeiting or forging another person’s signature, the state must prove that:

  • The accused forged or counterfeited the handwriting of another person on a document
  • When the accused acted, they intended to defraud

In California, forging documents can be a misdemeanor or felony charge, depending on the defendant’s criminal past.

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