Houston Fraud Lawyer – Brett Podolsky
Fraud laws in the state of Texas cover a broad area of criminal activity, but all methods of committing fraud involve the receiving of property, services or money by way of deception. Some common examples of fraud include:
- Check forgery
- Credit card fraud
- Credit fraud
- Identity theft
Defining Fraud in Texas
- A person who is accused of check forgery passed, or intended to pass, a check that does not belong to him or her for financial gain. Likewise, accepting a check that one knows is forged is considered fraud in Texas.
- Credit card fraud is the use of any credit or debit card that is not valid and/or is not in one’s possession.
- When a person applies for a loan or similar line of credit using fake personal information, he or she has committed credit fraud.
- The acquisition and usage of someone else’s private identifying information, including name, home address, birth date and social security number, is identity theft.
Texas residents who are simply in possession of identifying information that belongs to three or more other people may be accused of intending to commit fraud. Individuals who have been charged with participating in fraudulent activity should immediately hire an experienced lawyer who is committed to protecting innocents’ rights. People who live in the Greater Houston Area should contact a fraud defense attorney. For years, clients have trusted their reputations and lives with Mr. Brett Podolsky.
Texas Fraud Penalties
Those who have been charged with committing fraud should be knowledgeable of the possible punishments they face. The following are penalties for each type of fraud in Texas:
Check forgery and credit card fraud
- State jail felony
- Between six months to two years in confinement and/or up to $10,000 in fines
- Varies from being a Class C misdemeanor to first-degree felony, depending on the amount of fraud
- Up to 99 years in prison and/or up to $10,000 in fines
- Less than five items obtained (state jail felony) – between six months to two years in confinement and/or up to $10,000 in fines
- Five to 10 items obtained (third-degree felony) – between two to 10 years in confinement and/or up to $10,000 in fines
- 10 to 50 items obtained (second-degree felony) – between two to 20 years in confinement and/or up to $10,000 in fines
- 50 items or more (1st degree felony) – between 5 to 99 years in confinement and/or up to $10,000 in fines
Contact Brett Podolsky
Do not delay. If you have recently been accused of committing any type of fraud, let the Law Office of Brett Podolsky review your legal case by contacting 713-227-0087. Mr. Podolsky is an experienced and qualified Houston criminal defense lawyer who aggressively seeks justice for his clients.
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