Fraud/White Collar Crimes
Fraud is a criminal offense that is considered using dishonest, deceptive, or fraudulent acts to gain property or money. Nathaniel Pitoniak has successfully represented defendants charged with fraud and white collar crimes such as theft or embezzlement.
Fraud can include the following:
- identity theft
- check forgery
- fraudulent use of identifying information
- credit card abuse
The possible penalties for fraud in Texas are felonies. The degree of felony can range from a state jail felony (180 days to two years in a state jail facility) to a first-degree felony (five to 99 years in prison). An accused person’s eligibility for probation will depend on their prior criminal history and the nature of the offense. In addition to these possible penalties, a dismissal of your case or an acquittal by a jury (a not-guilty verdict) may result, depending upon the circumstances of your case. To prove the offense of fraud, the State must prove that you were responsible for the fraud and that you acted with criminal intent. Nathaniel Pitoniak has persuaded the State to dismiss a fraud offense after compiling extensive records demonstrating a lack of the accused’s intent. *
Defense Strategies for Fraud Crimes
Although every case is different, your defense strategy for challenging your fraud charges will depend on:
- Witness statements – We may be able to challenge a witness statement if we have the grounds to argue that the witness is mistaken.
- Accompanying documents – We can challenge submitted documents if we can argue that the signature on the documents involved in the fraud was forged or not your own.
- Compiling records – Nathaniel Pitoniak subpoenas records from financial institutions and businesses to help put together his clients’ fraud defense, if it is helpful in the case.
- Your intent for fraud – We may also try to argue that you did not commit fraud with criminal intent, or that you did not knowingly attempt to commit fraud.
Why Do You Need a Defense Lawyer?
If you are in Harris County or surrounding counties such as Fort Bend, Montgomery, or Galveston County and have been charged with a fraud offense, you will need an experienced and successful criminal defense lawyer like Nathaniel Pitoniak to provide you with legal advice and representation in a Texas court of law. As a former prosecutor in his tenth year of practice, he has handled many fraud cases and will be able to create a strategic defense for your case. Call Nathaniel Pitoniak at the Pitoniak Law Firm at (832) 315-6283 for a free consultation today.
*Past results are not a guarantee of future results. Every case is different and your case may receive a different result.