Los Angeles Credit Card Fraud Attorneys
"Credit card fraud" can cover a wide range of criminal charges, all of which carry serious penalties that can impact the rest of your life. If you are accused of using a credit card to purchase and transport goods across state lines, then federal charges may also apply.
If you or a loved one has been charged with any type of credit card fraud, you need an experienced, aggressive Los Angeles attorney to represent you and fight for your rights. Do not answer any questions from law enforcement without a lawyer present. Call Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP at (213) 688-0460 and put us to work for you.
There are a few different ways a person can be charged with a crime related to a credit card. For example, someone who finds a credit card that another person threw away and keeps it, with the intent to buy something with it, can be charged with possession of a stolen credit card - even if he never used it. If that person actually uses the card, he can be charged with fraudulent use of a card, in addition to possession.
On the other hand, someone who finds an offer for a credit card in someone else’s name, fills out the offer, and receives a card in that person’s name could be charged with forging a credit card. Depending on the situation, additional charges can also be filed.
The penalties for credit card fraud in California depend on the charges a person is facing and the details of the case. For example, possessing a credit card without the owner’s consent is often punished as grand theft in California, which is a wobbler. It can be charged as either a felony or a misdemeanor, but the punishments for a felony conviction are more severe than those for a misdemeanor. One of the things an experienced defense attorney can do for you is argue that the charge should be reduced to a misdemeanor.
Forgery in California is also a wobbler, so it can be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor. Use of a credit card without the owner’s consent can be charged as grand theft, if the value of what was purchased is greater than $950, or as petty theft if the value is under that amount.
There are certain situations in which federal law enforcement becomes involved. This usually happens if the credit card or cards were used in dealing with the government, such as someone using a supposedly stolen or forged credit card to make a payment to a government agency. If a card is used to buy something that is transported across state lines, this can also result in federal charges, which can be much more serious than state charges.
No matter the details of your case, you need an experienced Los Angeles credit card fraud attorney to represent you. Call a top defense lawyer with Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP at (213) 688-0460 to set up a free consultation as soon as possible.
Recent Case Results
- Complete Dismissal of Molestation Charges
Attorney Mark Werksman’s 29 year old client was falsely accused of molesting two neighborhood children and was subsequently charged with felony child molestation, with a significant prison sentence hanging over his head should he be convicted. Instead, at the preliminary hearing Werksman was able to convince the court to grant his client a complete dismissal of any charges.
- Decision Set Aside
Client, a college student in a faulty Title IX case, was awarded $130,000 in attorney fees.
- Probation with No Jail Time for Drug Money Laundering Charge
Wilmington man accused in New York federal court of laundering drug money through the sale of laptop computers. Mark was able to get the case transferred to federal court in Los Angeles, where he convinced the United States Attorney to reduce the charges. His client was sentenced to probation with no jail time on a misdemeanor conviction.