Fraud

Redwood City Fraud Lawyer

Serving the San Francisco and Silicon Valley Areas

Fraud is a complex crime involving allegations of deceit, trickery, or false pretenses to gain financial or material advantage. Depending on the circumstances, fraud can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony.

The fraud lawyer in our Redwood City office has over 26 years of experience and understands how to investigate the intricate transactions and digital footprints these cases often involve. We’re networked with knowledgeable investigators—including one who was a forensic consultant for the TV show CSI. When you come to our office, you can be confident in the quality of legal defense that you or your loved one will receive. 

Reach out to the Law Offices of Dean Johnson at (650) 832-9446 or contact us online today to schedule a free consultation.

Common Types of Fraud Crimes in California

California, with its sprawling economy and technological heartlands, has become fertile ground for a broad spectrum of fraud crimes. These offenses range from traditional schemes to innovative cybercrimes. Understanding the varied nature of these crimes is essential for developing effective defense strategies that address the specifics of each case. 

Here are just a few of the fraud cases that we come across: 

  • Identity theft: This involves unlawfully obtaining and using another person's personal data for fraud, such as securing loans or purchasing goods. 
  • Credit card fraud: This is the allegation that the defendant used someone else’s credit card information to purchase goods or services.
  • Insurance fraud: This includes exaggerating claims, fabricating injuries, or causing accidents intentionally to receive insurance payouts.
  • Real estate and mortgage fraud: This charge deals with falsifying information on mortgage applications or manipulating property deeds to unlawfully profit from real estate transactions.
  • Securities fraud: This includes insider trading, misrepresentation of investment information, or Ponzi schemes designed to defraud investors.
  • Healthcare fraud: This alleged crime often deals with billing for non-performed medical services, upcoding procedures, or procuring medications for illegal distribution.
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An Experienced and Aggressive Defense

At the Law Offices of Dean Johnson, we understand the profound impact a fraud charge can have on your life, reputation, and future. We approach each case with a meticulous analysis of the evidence, a deep understanding of fraud laws, and an unwavering commitment to our clients and their best interests. 

Our defense strategies are customized to the unique nuances of your case. Choosing the Law Offices of Dean Johnson means opting for a defense that is rooted in diligence, fortified by outside expert witnesses and investigators, and driven by a genuine desire to see justice served. 

The fraud lawyer in our Redwood City office enjoys a national reputation. He’s appeared on major media networks to discuss legal issues. Even so, what he values most is the chance to defend his clients and give personalized attention to each one who comes through our door. We’ve earned some nice reviews from previous clients and hope to earn your trust too. 

Call today at (650) 832-9446. We answer the phone 24/7.

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Why Choose Law Offices of Dean Johnson?
  • Client-Centered Approach
    Your well-being is our top priority. We work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome for you, both inside and outside the courtroom.
  • Compassionate Advocacy
    We prioritize understanding and empathy, ensuring you feel heard and supported every step of the way.
  • Expertise You Can Rely On
    Backed by extensive legal knowledge and experience, we provide strategic defense tailored to your unique situation.
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    Building trust is at the core of what we do. You can count on us for honest advice and steadfast representation.

Possible Defenses in Fraud Cases

Fraud charges hinge on specific elements that the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt for a conviction. Effective defense strategies often involve dismantling these elements.

Here's how various defenses play into fraud cases:

Lack of Intent

The defendant's intent is a key element in fraud cases. The accused must have knowingly engaged in deceptive practices. A defense centered around lack of intent argues that any misrepresentations were not made with a fraudulent purpose. This defense puts the burden on the prosecution to prove that the defendant acted with deliberate intention to deceive.

Lack of Knowledge

Closely related to lack of intent, the lack of knowledge defense asserts that the defendant was unaware of the fraudulent nature of their actions or statements. For this defense to be successful, the defendant must convincingly demonstrate their ignorance of the facts that made their actions fraudulent. Conversely, the prosecution needs to establish that the defendant had full awareness of the deceit involved in their conduct.

Truthful Information

In some instances, defendants can argue that the information they provided was, in fact, truthful. If the defense can substantiate that the accused's statements or representations were accurate, there's no basis for a fraud charge. This defense directly challenges the prosecution's claim of deceit, requiring them to prove that the information was false and known to be false by the defendant at the time it was given.

Coercion or Duress

This is a defense that contends the defendant was forced into committing the fraudulent act against their will under threat of harm or injury. This defense acknowledges the fraudulent action but removes culpability due to the lack of free will. The defendant must provide evidence of the coercion, such as threats of violence. The prosecution then has to counter this claim by either questioning the credibility of the coercion claim or proving that the defendant had a viable alternative to committing the fraud.

The complexity of these cases means that the specific defense strategy in each one can only be determined after a thorough investigation and meeting with our client. Call (650) 832-9446 to discuss your case today!

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