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Infractions, Misdemeanors & Felonies

Infractions, Misdemeanors & Felonies

Whether you are being convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony, it’s important you contact criminal defense lawyers in Sacramento for legal representation immediately. There is a difference between the different conviction types and it’s important you understand each of them.

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Embezzlement & White Collar Crimes

Embezzlement & White Collar Crimes

Penal Code Section 503 covers the law surrounding embezzlement. California defines embezzlement as a white collar theft crime. All theft crimes are considered property crimes. The specific circumstances of the crime may make the crime eligible for prosecution under Penal Code 487 (grand theft), Penal Code 484 (petty theft), and Penal Code 459 (burglary). If you have been charged of embezzlement, make sure to consult with a skilled defense attorney in Sacramento.

Embezzlement is defined as the unlawful taking of property that has been entrusted to the offender but belongs to another person. Embezzlement differs from other theft crimes in that the property was legally possessed by the offender but then was taken without the permission of the owner. Embezzlement is usually committed by an employee, and thus is commonly referred to as employee theft.

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Common Crimes Committed by College Students

Common Crimes Committed by College Students

Sending our children out into the world on their own can be both an exciting and terrifying time for a parent. This is a time for your child to learn and grow on their own, and that means that you will not have the same level of oversight and control over their activities. During this stage of development young adults push boundaries and test limits, and although we all hope that our children will make the right decisions, we have enough experience to know that will not always be the case.

Many of the charges that college students face center around the use of alcohol and are considered trivial by some, but keep in mind that they will affect your child’s criminal record and future employment opportunities all the same. It is important to act fast if your child has been charged with a crime.

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Driving Under the Influence

Driving Under the Influence

n California, Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is a serious offense. Unlike traffic infractions, a DUI is a criminal offense, and even a first offense can lead to onerous penalties including license suspension, jail, fines, and mandatory DUI classes.

A DUI conviction also will almost certainly lead to a substantial increase in an offender’s automobile insurance rates. As a result, it is not unusual for even first-time DUI offenders to end up with fines, fees, and other expenses costing in excess of $10,000, accompanied by the serious inconveniences of not being able to drive, having to serve jail time and/or community service, and being required to appear for court hearings and DUI classes.

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Child Abuse Criminal Charges in California

Child Abuse Criminal Charges in California

As a parent, you’re entitled to discipline your child as you deem necessary at least to a certain extent. According to California Penal Code 273, child abuse is considered a domestic violence crime and is subject to severe penalties. Such a conviction can not only destroy your reputation, family and career, but can ultimately destroy your life and freedom. It’s not too uncommon for individuals to be falsely accused of child abuse, especially when there are many factors and parties involved. That’s why it’s crucial if you, or someone you know has been falsely accused of child abuse, contacts a criminal defense lawyer in Sacramento to fight for your freedom.

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Embezzlement & White Collar Crimes

Common Examples of Mortgage Fraud Schemes in California

If you are being investigated or charged with mortgage fraud either on the state or federal level, you should be aware that it is now handled as a serious offense. Sometimes it is prosecuted as a misdemeanor, but it is more often charged as a felony. The President signed into law the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act in 2009, which increases penalties and extends the statute of limitations for mortgage fraud. Penalties for federal mortgage fraud include up to 30 years in prison or a $1,000,000 fine, or both. The statute of limitations was increased to ten, rather than five years. Individuals may face more than one mortgage fraud charge, resulting in a very long prison term.

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Fraud, Extortion & Identity Theft Charges

Fraud, Extortion & Identity Theft Charges

In California, fraud encompasses various types including telemarketing, identity theft, and insurance fraud, defined as intentional deception for gain. There are two main types: actual fraud (contractual deceit) and constructive fraud (breach of duty without deceit). Extortion, a serious offense, involves obtaining property through force or fear. Identity theft, increasingly prevalent, involves using someone’s personal information for unlawful purposes. For these crimes, penalties vary from fines to imprisonment, depending on the severity and type of crime. Legal advice from an experienced Sacramento County criminal defense attorney is crucial for anyone facing these charges.

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Embezzlement & White Collar Crimes

Business Fraud

Business fraud charges in Sacramento County, California, encompass a range of criminal activities that involve deception, misrepresentation, or dishonest tactics for financial gain within a business context. These charges can be classified either as felonies or misdemeanors, depending on the severity and specifics of the offense. A felony business fraud charge typically involves larger amounts of money, more significant harm to victims, or repeat offenses. Examples include large-scale embezzlement, Ponzi schemes, and major instances of false advertising or securities fraud. Felony convictions often result in substantial fines, restitution, and incarceration in state prison.

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Drug Crimes

Drug Crimes

Drug crimes and how best to handle them are a hot topic of debate in the political arena these days and California has seen some significant changes to their drug laws in the last decade. While prosecutors have moved their focus away from users and possessors and have softened penalties for individuals convicted of these crimes, that focus has moved towards getting tough on drug manufacturers, distributors and traffickers.

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Three Strikes Law in California

Three Strikes Law in California

As a part of the Justice Department’s Anti-Violence Strategy, habitual offender laws, often referred to as three-strike laws, were put into place in many states across America. With these laws, the third severe violent crime or serious felony for a single individual would result in a mandatory life sentence in prison. The goal was to deter repeat offenders by dramatically increasing their punishment after the third conviction. Being a repeat offender can cause serious repercussions in your life. Make sure to contact experienced criminal attorneys in Sacramento if you have been convicted more than once.

The first state to implement the three-strikes law was California when 72% of voters passed Proposition 184 in 1994. After California, 27 more states implemented similar laws, though none were quite as sweeping. In most states, only felony offenses qualify for a strike. Under Proposition 184 in California, the jail time for a second felony was double and a third strike resulted in a mandatory sentence of 25 years to life.

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