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Sacramento & Placer County Theft & Fraud Attorney
What is Theft or Fraud?
At their most basic, theft and fraud mean taking something that doesn’t belong to you. With fraud, there’s the added element of deception or trickery. Theft could involve examples such as shoplifting from a retail store, stealing a car, or taking money out of someone’s purse. A more serious type of theft, robbery, is taking something from another by force or fear, and is a 'strike' under California law. Fraud could involve using someone else’s debit or credit card, signing someone else’s name to a document without their consent, or scamming someone into giving you money or property through the use of false pretenses. Regardless, theft and fraud can be serious criminal charges in California.
Penalties for Theft or Fraud
Theft and fraud can be misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the circumstances and the value of what is taken, or attempted to be taken. Typically, the greater the value of the money or property you allegedly stole or obtained through deception, the harsher the penalty if you’re convicted. Penalties for theft also may be more severe when the money or property is taken from someone’s physical person.
A conviction for any theft or fraud can risk your freedom, job and future. Whether you are being accused of any of these crimes in a county in the Greater Sacrament area, including Placer, Yolo, El Dorado, Nevada, and other surrounding counties, you should not chance it. Please contact my office for a free consultation.
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If you have been accused of Theft or Fraud in Sacramento, Placer, Yolo, El Dorado or Nevada county, you have the right to defend yourself. The best way to defend any criminal charges, including those for Theft or Fraud, is by hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney to argue legal defenses on your behalf. Make sure your rights are protected and you get the best defense possible by contacting my office now.