Crimes involving finance or deception for a personal benefit is referred to as white collar crimes. You can be charged with a white collar crime for a multitude of offenses. Some of these include issuing a bad check, forgery, identity theft or credit card fraud.
Depending on the circumstances, a white collar crime conviction can alter your life dramatically. You could be saddled with court fines in the thousands and even face incarceration. Some white collar offenses can result in felony charges, which includes prison.
Thankfully, you can fight back with strong legal representation. If you or someone you know has been charged with a white collar crime, it’s important you seek trusted legal counsel.
White collar crimes are often associated with light legal punishments because they’re nonviolent. However, this couldn’t be furthest from the truth. A white collar crime can result in harsh consequences including incarceration depending on the circumstances.
Don’t make any major decisions surrounding your charges without quality legal representation. Contact Tyler Flood & Associates, Inc. to speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney today. Our team will overlook your charges to discover your legal options. We can collect evidence, file motions and do whatever is needed to create a strong defense for you.
Tyler Flood & Associates, Inc. defends all types of white collar crimes including:
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Overview of White Collar Crimes in Texas
A common white collar crime is identity theft, otherwise known as using another person’s identifying information. Texas Penal Code § 32.51(c) states it’s illegal to possess, transfer or defraud using another person’s identifying information. The law defines identifying information as anything that can distinguish a person including:
Texas Penal Code § 32.51(b) states you’re committing identity theft if you possess, use, transfer or defraud someone with Identifying information:
The penalties for identity theft depend on the number of identifying items were utilized. If the number was less than five, you’ll be charged with a state jail felony. A state jail felony can result in up to:
Possessing five or more, but less than 10 items will result in a third-degree felony. The punishment for a third-degree felony includes:
Having 10 or more identifying items but less than 50 will result in a second-degree felony, which is punishable by:
Possessing, transferring or using 50 or more items will result in a first-degree felony which has a maximum prison sentence of 99 years or life in prison.
A credit card is a promise between you and the card issuer that you’ll pay back the used funds with added interest. Using, defrauding another or stealing a credit card is considered credit card fraud. You can also be charged with credit card fraud for doing the following:
Credit card fraud is a state jail felony, which is punishable by:
If the crime was directed towards an elderly person, the penalty is a third-degree felony. A third-degree felony can result in:
In Texas, it’s illegal to issue a bad check or similar sight order which promises an upcoming payment. Texas Penal Code § 32 states you’re issuing a bad check or similar sight order if:
Issuing a bad check in Texas is a class C misdemeanor, which can result in a fine of up to $500. If the check or sight order was a child support payment, then the offense is elevated to a class B misdemeanor. A class B misdemeanor can result in:
Protecting Against Credit Card Fraud – Visit the official website of the Federal Trade Commission to learn more about how to protect yourself from credit card fraud. Learn common scenarios where credit card fraud can happen, how to report fraud and resources for victims.
Identity Theft – Visit the official website of Ken Paxton, the Attorney General of Texas to learn more about the crime identity theft. Access the site to find more information on what to do if your identity is stolen, how to prevent it and how to make an ID theft recovery plan.
If you or someone you know has been charged with a white collar crime, it’s imperative you contact an experienced defense attorney. An attorney can evaluate your charges and chart out a defense plan for you. Don’t wait another moment and call the attorneys at Tyler Flood & Associates, Inc..
Our attorneys at Tyler Flood & Associates, Inc. have spent years defending people accused of white collar crimes. We’re familiar with all types from large-scale business embezzlement schemes to minor credit card fraud. Call (713) 224-5529 to speak to an attorney at Tyler Flood & Associates, Inc. today.
Tyler Flood & Associates, Inc. defends clients throughout the greater Harris County area including Bellaire, Houston, West University Place and Pasadena.
This article was last updated on March 11th, 2019.