Dallas Fraud Defense Lawyers
Helping You Face Federal & State Charges
Whether you need an insurance fraud lawyer or a securities fraud defense attorney, contact us today to schedule a consultation. With the Law Office of Patrick J. McLain, PLLC, you get the tough, experienced criminal defense representation you need to take on a tough and well-funded prosecution. Fraud comes in many different forms, and it is important to select a Dallas criminal defense lawyer who understands how to craft an effective defense in these complex situations. We defend clients in cases of federal crimes, as well as state crimes.
Fraud Charges in Texas
Fraud is a broad term that encompasses a variety of different crimes generally defined as a false representation or omission of material fact, either through words or conduct, that is intended to result in personal or financial gain.
Common examples of fraud include:
- Credit card fraud
- Healthcare fraud
- Insurance fraud
- Investment fraud
- Ponzi schemes
- Securities fraud
- Mail fraud
- Wire fraud
- Franchise fraud
- Internet fraud
- Money laundering
- Identity theft
Texas Fraud Laws
States throughout the United States have enacted various laws penalizing fraudulent activity, either through civil or criminal laws. Texas is no different, and the state has enacted various laws to protect individuals against fraudulent activity.
Under Texas’s fraud statute, it is a criminal offense to commit the following fraudulent activities:
- Trademark counterfeiting
- Credit card or debit card abuse
- False statement to obtain property or credit
- Fraudulent transfer of motor vehicle
- Credit card transaction record laundering
- Issuance of bad check
- Rigging public contest
- Securing execution of document by deception
- Fraudulent destruction, removal or concealment of writing
- Fraudulent use or possession of identifying information
- Simulating legal process
- Refusal to execute release of fraudulent claim
Given the variety of fraud crimes, the penalties for each time of crime vary significantly. Some fraud crimes are only Class C misdemeanors, which can result in a fine not more than $500. Conversely, other fraud crimes are first degree felonies, which can result in life in prison without parole. As such, fraud charges should not be taken lightly, and it is important to contact an experienced Dallas fraud defense attorney early in the criminal process.
Federal Fraud Laws
In addition to state federal fraud laws, there are also various federal fraud laws. For example, under the federal mail fraud statute, it is a crime to use the U.S. mail to engage in fraud. A similar type of fraud punishable under federal law is wire fraud.
The wire fraud statute was enacted to cover new types of technologies. The federal wire fraud statute makes it a crime to engage in fraud by means of wire, radio, or television communication in interstate or foreign commerce. The federal mail and wire fraud statutes are often implicated when an individual tries to defraud someone out of money, such as through fraudulent mail or telemarketing schemes. Depending on the type of fraud, penalties can range from a monetary penalty to significant jail time.
Contact the Law Office of Patrick J. McLain, PLLC
From insurance fraud to wire fraud, the Law Office of Patrick J. McLain, PLLC has extensive experience helping defend individuals in all types of crimes. We will fight for your rights through the entire legal process.
Contact our Dallas criminal defense lawyers today to schedule a consultation. We answer our phones 24/7 for emergencies. Call (214) 238-9392 today.