Theft & Fraud Crimes in Bellflower
Many people charged with theft or fraud-related crimes are regular people who made a bad decision, or out of desperation felt like they had to do something to make ends meet. Others are innocent people wrongly accused based on faulty evidence. Whatever the reason you have been accused of theft or fraud in California, you deserve to have someone on your side who believes you and can protect you against aggressive prosecution.
Based in Bellflower, The Law Office of Stein & Markus provides strategic, strong defense of clients accused of all types of state and federal theft and fraud crimes. Our representation is holistic, meaning we take into account not only the criminal charges but the effect a conviction could have on your future employment, housing options and other benefits. We believe it is our duty to help you fight these charges and do our best to prevent a mistake from ruining your life.
Theft, Fraud and “Moral Turpitude”
Theft and fraud are crimes that involve dishonesty. As such, under California, they may be considered crimes of moral turpitude; in other words, crimes that show you are a dishonest, untrustworthy person.
A conviction for a crime of moral turpitude gives various state licensing boards a reason to deny you certain professional licenses or certifications. Contractors licenses, nursing licenses, and real estate licenses are a few examples. Further, if you are an immigrant, a conviction for such a crime could mean serious consequences, including possible deportation or loss of status.
This illustrates the importance of retaining a skilled lawyer to defend you against theft and fraud charges. With more than 75 years of combined legal experience, The Law Office of Stein & Markus can be that resource for you.
Fighting All California Theft Crime Accusations
Our Southern California firm represents clients facing any type of theft charge, up to and including serious felonies. Examples of cases we handle include:
- Grand theft: Stealing property worth more than $950.
- Petty theft: Stealing property worth $950 or less.
- Grand theft of a firearm: Stealing any firearm is charged as grand theft, even if the gun is worth less than $950.
- Burglary: Entering a home with the intent to commit a felony or theft.
- Embezzlement: Stealing or misappropriating funds entrusted to you, often by an employer.
- Robbery: Using violence or threats of violence to take something from someone.
- Receipt of stolen property: Receiving or purchasing something you know or should know was stolen.
Understanding Fraud Charges
In California, generally speaking, fraud can be charged against someone who 1) commits an act that results in an unfair or undeserved benefit for himself and/or 2) causes harm or loss to another person. Most fraud is motivated by either financial gain, but not always.
Most types of fraud can be charged as either misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the circumstances. A few fraud crimes are automatic felonies. And, some fraud offenses are also federal crimes.
Seeking the Truth in Fraud Cases
As your defense attorneys, we will work tirelessly to uncover the facts and build a strong defense. We will not encourage you to plead guilty unless it is truly the best option. We have significant experience representing clients in cases involving:
- Health care fraud (Medicare, Medicaid)
- Welfare fraud
- Homeowners insurance fraud
- Unemployment insurance fraud
- Social Security/disability fraud
- Securities fraud
- Mortgage fraud
- Credit card fraud
- Tax fraud
Get a Free Initial Consultation With a Theft and Fraud Defense Lawyer
You deserve someone on your side who will stand up for your rights when you’ve been accused of theft or fraud in Southern California. The attorneys of The Law Office of Stein & Markus will do exactly that. We offer free initial consultations at our Bellflower office, or we can visit potential clients in jail if necessary. Call (562) 512-7030 or contact us online to speak with an attorney today.