Houston Fraud Lawyer
Houston Fraud Defense Attorney
Texas Penal Code Chapter 32 codifies Fraud offenses in the state. Some of the most common fraud charges include:
- Forgery (Section 32.21)
- Stealing or Receiving a Stolen Check (Section 32.24)
- Credit Card or Debit Card Abuse (Section 32.31)
- Fraudulent use or possession of identifying information (Section 32.51)
Depending on the circumstances, fraud can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. Generally, the penalties increase depending on the value of the property involved in the scam. If convicted of a misdemeanor, you could face up to one year in jail and a fine not to exceed $4,000. If convicted of a felony, you could face a fine up to $10,000 and imprisonment in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
Fraud Against a Financial Institution
Bank Fraud, insurance fraud, and mortgage fraud are some of the most serious white collar crimes because they often involve property or service of high value. The higher the value of the property or service, the more likely that you will face a felony conviction with state imprisonment.
Pursuant to Penal Code Section 32.53, when the fraud involves the exploitation of a child, elderly or disabled individual you can be charged with a 3rd-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and a fine not to exceed $10,000. Exploitation under this section involves the “illegal or improper use of a child, elderly individual or disabled individual or of the resources of a child, elderly individual or disabled individual for monetary or personal benefit, profit, or gain.”
Hire a Texas Fraud Defense Lawyer
If you are charged with a fraud offense in Houston, Texas, you need to act fast to preserve your rights. Attorney James Alston is a former prosecutor with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. As a state attorney, he was assigned to the Major Fraud Division, investigating and prosecuting numerous fraud cases. His unique, insider knowledge allows him to prepare a strong defense for his clients and fight for the best possible outcome in their case. Contact James Alston Law today to schedule your consultation at (713) 228-1400.