California Check Fraud Lawyer
Have You Been Charged With Check Fraud? Do Not Face This Charge Alone! Let WEBER LAW Help You Today!
In California, if you are being prosecuted for check fraud, you could be facing a variety of penalties, including jail time, a permanent record, and hefty fines. It can be stressful and scary to have criminal charges pending. You need someone on your side to help you navigate the system; do not let one mistake or blemish on your record effect you for the rest of your life. It can affect potential jobs, your current job, or even the renting of an apartment. Let Weber Law help you keep your record clean.
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California Check Fraud Charges and Penalties
What is Check Fraud and how is it different from Identity Theft?
Any person who, for himself or herself, as the agent or representative of another, or as an officer of a corporation, willfully, with intent to defraud, makes or draws or utters or delivers a check, draft, or order upon a bank or depositary, a person, a firm, or a corporation, for the payment of money, knowing at the time of that making, drawing, uttering, or delivering that the maker or drawer or the corporation does not have sufficient funds or credit in the bank for the payment of that check, draft, or order, is guilty of check fraud.
There are different actions that constitute what identity theft is in the state of California. Any person who willfully obtains personal identifying information of another person and uses that information for any unlawful purpose, including to obtain, or attempt to obtain, credit, goods, services, real property, or medical information without the consent of that person, is guilty of identity theft.
Additionally, any attempt to obtain personal information in an attempt to defraud a person, is identity theft. Trying to defraud, sell, transfer, or convey personal identifying information is also identity theft.
Personal information that could potentially be obtained include, but are not limited to, a person’s name, address, telephone number, account numbers, driver’s license number, mother’s maiden name, date of birth, PIN number, tax ID number, employee identification number, government passport number, and social security number.
Examples of identity theft include (i) signing someone else’s name on a credit card charge, (ii) using someone else’s identification card to buy goods, (iii) giving false information to a bank or police officer in order to avoid arrest, (iv) signing a check in someone else’s name, (v) using someone else’s personal information with intent to commit a crime, and (vi) transferring property in someone else’s name.
Check fraud and identity theft can be confusing and difficult to fight alone; let Weber Law navigate it for you. There are also instances where a judge can make discretionary sentences; it is important to have legal counsel that can advocate for you in that instance.
What is the Punishment for Check Fraud in California?
Check fraud is punishable by a wide range of sentences, depending on the amount of the check that was fraudulently used. The punishments range from imprisonment for up to one year, a fine, or both.
As the sentence can range so widely, it is important to have knowledgeable legal counsel that can fight for the lowest sentence possible. It is possible to get a sentence reduction, but it requires good legal counsel.
Contact Weber Law immediately if you’ve been arrested on a check fraud charge. We offer a free confidential case evaluation – serving Los Angeles and the surrounding areas.
How Can You Fight A Charge Of Check Fraud And How Can WEBER LAW Help You?
If you are being prosecuted for check fraud in California, no matter the circumstances, there are a few ways that Weber Law can fight for you. There are defenses against the crime of check fraud, including things like a simple mistake of the information. Weber Law can help lower the charge to a lesser crime, lower your sentence for less jail time, lower your fine amount, or represent you at trial. Do not face these charges alone; let Weber Law work for you. By looking at potential evidence, such as video surveillance, your criminal record, and potential eyewitness testimony, Weber Law will make sure to look at all the details of your case. At Weber Law we are experienced in defending these charges, winning these cases, and creating an outcome you can be happy with—an outcome that will allow you to live a life free of a criminal charge. Being convicted of forging a check can have impacts on the rest of your life; let Weber Law help you navigate the criminal justice system. The court room can be a very intimidating place; let Weber Law do the work for you. If you or anyone you know are being prosecuted for check fraud in the state of California, call Weber Law today for a consultation.
CA Penal Code § 530.5, Unauthorized use of personal identifying information of another person; attempt to obtain credit, goods, services, real property or medical information; commission of crime; punishment for first, subsequent or multiple offenses; sale of information; mail theft; liability of computer service or software providers.
CA Penal Code § 530.55, Person; personal identifying information
CA Penal Code § 476a, Checks, drafts or orders on banks; insufficient funds; intent to defraud; punishment; evidence; severability; investigation fee
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