Fraud Defense Attorney in Plano, TX
Collin County Lawyer for Charges of Forgery and Other Deceptive Practices
White-collar crimes, also sometimes known as financial crimes, typically include most kinds of fraud, as well as embezzlement, forgery, identity theft, and various other offenses. Such crimes are almost always non-violent, but they are taken extremely seriously by both state and federal authorities. The penalties associated with a conviction on such charges are severe and usually include prison time, even for a first offender.
At The Crowder Law Firm, P.C., our skilled team works hard to protect the rights of managers, executives, shareholders, officers, and other individuals who are facing allegations of fraud or other white-collar crimes. In many situations, our clients are corporate professionals who have never been involved with the criminal justice system before. With that in mind, we are dedicated to helping clients protect their rights, their futures, and their reputations.
Fraud Defense Counsel Serving Dallas and Fort Worth
Under Texas law, there are many different types of fraud. In general, a person commits an offense related to fraud when he or she intentionally or knowingly misrepresents or conceals important information with the intent of deceiving others so as to experience some type of personal gain. Misleading details or omitted information can also lead to charges of fraud. Fraud-related crimes include:
- Tax fraud: Failing to disclose all required or relevant information on personal or business tax returns;
- Insurance fraud: Requesting payments from insurance companies for exaggerated or false claims;
- Credit card fraud: Using another person's card without permission. You could also be charged with credit card fraud for attempting to open a credit account using another person's information;
- Forgery: Creating or passing false contracts or other documents in an attempt to obtain services or property, including money;
- Securities fraud: Manipulating stock or commodities markets through the dissemination of false information, including falsified business records;
- Medicaid and Medicare fraud: Making false statements in an attempt to receive government benefits;
- Check fraud: Knowingly writing checks that will not be honored or using forged or falsified checks; and
- Deceptive business practices: Using inaccurate weights or measures, intentional misrepresentation of products or services, and making "materially false or misleading" statements in advertisements for a business.
While there are some forms of fraud that are prosecuted as misdemeanors, most can also be handled as felonies. The specific charges and associated penalties that you are facing depend on the type of fraud you are alleged to have engaged in and the value of the money, property, and services involved. We will work closely with you so that you understand the full scope of the situation and the options that may be available to you.
McKinney Defense Attorney Who Knows How to Get Results
Attorney Darlina Crowder has been protecting the rights of criminal defendants in North Texas for more than 20 years. Throughout her distinguished career, she has secured over 300 not-guilty verdicts and acquittals for her clients, including many who were facing fraud-related charges.
Ms. Crowder and her team are fully equipped to handle fraud cases filed by U.S. attorneys in federal court, in addition to those filed at the state level. Federal fraud charges are often backed by lengthy investigations by agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and others. As soon as you learn that you are being investigated for fraud by an agency of the federal government, contact us to get the guidance you need.
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For more information about defending against fraud charges in state or federal court, contact our office. Call 214-303-9600 for a free consultation and review of your situation today. The Crowder Law Firm, P.C. represents clients in Collin County, Dallas County, Tarrant County, Denton County, Grayson County, and the surrounding areas.