Fraud is defined as the intentional deception to secure an unlawful gain or deprive a person of their legal right. Criminal fraud convictions carry harsh penalties, so these cases must be fought with experience and diligence by a criminal defense attorney. Newport Beach fraud lawyer, Scott D. Henry, has a high level of expertise in fighting cases involving these criminal offenses. Our team have first-hand knowledge of how these cases are investigated and prosecuted. That knowledge, and their long-standing relationships with local law enforcement, judges, and prosecutors, allow our team to fight for your rights and freedom effectively.

What Are Some Common Types of Fraud?

There are numerous types of fraud offenses. Some common examples of these include:

  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Health Insurance Fraud
  • Identity Theft
  • Forgery
  • Public Assistance and Welfare Fraud
  • Check Fraud
  • Real Estate Fraud

Some of these offenses are automatic felonies, and others may be charged as misdemeanors. These charges can carry life-changing penalties, so it is essential to be proactive in your defense. If you are facing fraud charges, it is crucial to have an experienced attorney on your side. There is a lot at stake, including your freedom and future. You need skilled and diligent legal representation to help you fight to obtain the most favorable outcome possible given the circumstances.

Penalties for Fraud in Newport Beach

The penalties for a fraud crime conviction vary considerably and largely depend on the nature and severity of the offense. Common penalties include fines, restitution, and jail time. A skilled attorney can often obtain a deal for clients who are facing fraud charges because courts are typically concerned with restitution. If the restitution is agreed upon by both sides, a deal may be met.

What is Restitution?

Restitution is the payment made by the perpetrator to a victim for losses incurred as a result of a crime. It is important to note that restitution is different from any fees imposed by the court, and forfeiture of any gains the defendant received by committing the offense.

Possible Defenses for Fraud Charges

It is good to know that there are numerous effective defenses a local attorney could pursue if you are facing fraud charges. The most common and solid defense is the lack of intent. In fraud cases, the prosecution must prove intent to get a conviction. If they are unable to prove the defendant intended to defraud another person, a guilty verdict cannot be reached. Another common defense is mistaken identity. An attorney could argue their client is not the perpetrator of the crime and that the defendant is actually a victim of mistaken identity. Lastly, an attorney may use entrapment as a viable defense. Entrapment occurs when law enforcement coerces a defendant into committing a crime they would otherwise be unlikely or unwilling to commit.

An experienced lawyer could determine what defense would be most effective by thoroughly investigating the circumstances of the alleged offense. No two fraud cases are the same, so a unique and effective approach could help you avoid a conviction and minimize any penalties.

Speak with a Newport Beach Fraud Attorney Today

Our Newport Beach fraud lawyers at The Law Office of Scott D. Henry have years of experience in these cases. Our team understands that no two cases are the same. That is why we thoroughly investigate the circumstances of each case carefully to determine a solid and effective defense. Credit card and insurance companies have skilled teams to investigate matters of fraud. That is why you need to have a skilled team to thoroughly investigate the matter as well.

We are dedicated and passionate about protecting our clients’ rights, dignity, and freedom. We offer personalized attention to our clients and strive to be readily available to answer any questions or address any concerns. Facing these charges is a serious matter. If you have been charged with fraud, you should obtain the assistance of a legal representative who has the experience and the diligence to fight for your rights. Please call our office today for a free consultation.

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