The ending of the industrial age brought with it a shift into the Information Age, stemming from the assembly line of Henry Ford and the mass production this allowed. From this time forward, the economy of the West shifted to provide for new careers and a new way of life. The crash of the Stock Market in the 1930s led to new criminal offenses as well – the birth of white collar crime. Through white collar crime, employees (often in high ranking positions) devised ways to steal from their employers through fraud and embezzlement. Since this time, the incidence of white collar crime has grown and is now a federal crime which can lead to heavy punishments and penalties. If you have been charged with fraud or embezzlement, it is important to contact a San Jose Fraud Attorney as soon as possible.
Fraud is a false representation of facts so that the individual may obtain a financial advantage. California has a variety of fraud offenses punishable in the California Penal Code, including:
- Check Fraud
- Identity Theft
- Health Insurance Fraud
- Foreclosure Fraud
- Securities Fraud
Any of these offenses may carry a misdemeanor or felony charge, and it is therefore important to understand the facts of your charge and the best defense for your case.
Misdemeanor offenses are punishable by up to one year in jail in addition to a $1,000 fine, whereas a felony conviction may be punishable by several years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. Each charge may additionally be heightened if you have been convicted of a prior fraud offense, or even a completely separate misdemeanor or felony offense. An experienced criminal defense attorney in San Jose will understand the best defense to make in your unique case after learning all the facts.
Embezzlement occurs when one person who is entrusted with another's money or property steals part of that property for the own person's monetary gain. To establish embezzlement, you must be able to prove that the person had access to the property, but did not have legal ownership of the property. Many embezzlement charges now occur in the corporate world, when employees may take the property of their employer and neglect to return it. However, in order to be convicted of embezzlement, the prosecution must establish all facts of the crime. It is important to contact a San Jose embezzlement attorney as soon as possible after charges have been brought against you, since not only will a conviction have a drastic impact on your future, but you may also face federal charges for your actions. The quicker you contact a fraud and embezzlement attorney, the earlier they can begin establishing a defense for your charges.
Ahmed and Sukaram Law | San Jose Fraud Attorney
If you have been charged with fraud or embezzlement, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys of Ahmed and Sukaram. Our attorneys have years of experience in assisting our clients with fraud and embezzlement charges and will work together with you to establish the defense that suits your case. Contact our San Jose office today for your initial free consultation.