Fraud Including Insurance Fraud
What is Fraud?
Fraud takes on many forms. Everything from stealing a check and forging the owner's name and cashing it, filing false claims with the insurance company, taking a credit or debit card and using it without authorization, and so forth. In fact, a person can be charged with credit or debit card abuse by just having someone else's in his possession. Also a person can be charged by simply having in his possession identifying information of another person. For example, you are discovered to have 5 but less than 10 driver's licenses of different people in your possession, you can be charged with Fraudulent Use or Possession of Identifying information, a third degree felony. Credit and debit card abuse is covered in more detail in another section: Click here to go to that section.
The list is lengthy, but the dominant theme is the allegation of dishonesty. That is why it is very important to fight these types of cases. A conviction could imply to someone, such as a potential employer or someone about to make you a loan, that you may not be honest or trustworthy, which may be far from the truth.
We get a number of insurance fraud cases. Most involve automobiles, and of of these, several involved burning the car up and then filing an insurance claim saying that it was stolen. The burning of the car is a second degree felony whereas the fraud, in this situation, is probably a third degree felony. Note that a fraud case can be any level of offense, from a class b misdemeanor (6 months in jail) up to a first degree felony carrying from 5 to 99 years in the penitentiary. Most are state jail felonies carrying up to 24 months in a state jail facility or third degree felonies carrying 2 to 10 in the penitentiary. We always try to get it dismissed, otherwise, we may suggest considering going to trial. Usually, if the case against an accused is strong and he has not been in trouble before, we may be able to get it reduced to a misdemeanor and get a special type of probation that allows the defendant to petition the court to seal the record immediately upon completion of the probation. If it stays a felony and he gets the special type of probation mentioned above, a defendant would have to wait for 5 years after getting off of probation before it could be sealed.
What we do when hired to handle a fraud or Insurance Fraud case(s):
Call us at 972-722-0887 or text us at 972-814-7318 to setup a free phone consultation if you have accused of a fraudulent offense. If you wish, we can discuss the case and situation at length and develop an initial course of action. Once we are hired, we obtain the evidence that we are entitled to, study it, go over it with you, and develop a plan of action to get you through this with minimal impact on your future. A conviction of this type of offense, especially at the felony level could have dire consequences on your future so treat it very serious, even if a misdemeanor. We have had impressive results with these types of cases and look forward to discussing your case(s) with you.