Fraud Cases | San Diego Law Blog
When facing fraud charges in California, it is crucial to understand what the prosecution must prove to secure a conviction. The prosecutor must establish several case elements in any fraud offense.
Fraud is a rather complex crime that can arise from something as simple as a misunderstanding. But it should be taken seriously. If you are accused of fraud, it has the potential to end with hefty fines, years in jail, and a significant blow to your professional reputation and career. Also, compared to other theft crimes, fraud can result in federal prosecution.
Unfortunately, the federal justice system has little sympathy for those who have evaded their taxes. For this reason, even an honest mistake could land you in hot water. If you or someone you love has been charged with tax evasion after unintentionally reporting inaccurate information on your tax forms, you should not attempt to resolve the issue on your own. By turning your case over to a San Diego criminal defense lawyer at JD Law, you can ensure that you will have the best possible chance at avoiding an unwarranted conviction. A single mistake could lead to five years in federal prison and a fine as high as $500,000, so you shouldn’t settle for anything less than the skilled representation that you will need.
According to California Penal Code 118 PC, one could be charged with perjury if they have knowingly and deliberately provided false information while under oath. For example, you could be accused of perjury if you have supplied false information while testifying in court, answering questions during jury selection, filling out a loan application, filing your tax return, applying for a driver’s license, etc. In order to prove that you are guilty of perjury, however, the prosecution must be able to show that:
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