If you are accused of a White Color offense, depending on the amount of loss and egregiousness of the alleged fraudulent conduct, an accused could be looking at decades of incarceration.
The Innocence Legal Team trial attorneys, whom we refer to as Team Leaders, have long experience with handling every type of white-collar offense.
Grand theft is the unlawfully taking of property valued at $950.00 or greater or motor vehicle or firearm, or property directly from the victim’s person. Grand theft can be charged as “wobbler” meaning it can be charged as a misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of a year in jail or a felony carrying up to 3 years in prison. Defenses include 1) the property in fact belonged to the accused; 2) The person who owned the items consented to the taking and 3) The accusation is simply false.
Embezzlement is “the fraudulent appropriation of property by a person to whom it has been entrusted.” Embezzlement can be charged as a felony with a sentence of up to three years if the value of the property is greater than $950.00. Otherwise, it’s a misdemeanor punishable by a year in jail. Defenses include The accused did not fraudulently take the money or property; had a good faith belief that he or she had a right to the property and the accused had no intent to deprive the rightful owner of the property.
Extortion, also known as “blackmail,” is defined under California law as using force or threats to either compel another person to give over money or property, or to compel a public officer to perform an official act. Extortion carries a prison sentence of up to four years. Defenses include the lack of force or threat, false accusation, and consent on the part of the alleged victim.
Forgery is defined under California law as falsifying a signature or seal or counterfeiting documents when doing so with fraudulent intent. Defenses include lack of intend to defraud and false accusation. The offense is a “wobbler” punishable by up to a year in jail as a misdemeanor or up to three years as a felony.
Fraud under California law includes a wide variety of acts that result in an unfair or undeserved benefit to the perpetrator at the expense of the victim. Such acts are most commonly driven by financial gain. Penalties are driven by the loss incurred by the victim or victims, the egregiousness of the acts, and the criminal history of the accused. Defenses include a lack of fraudulent intent, false accusation, mistake of identity and entrapment.
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