Credit Card Fraud Attorney in California

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Credit card fraud is a serious, complex offense, which typical involves multiple parties and breach of data security. Since this type of white collar crime has been frequently occurring in recent years, prosecutors and judges aggressively approach credit card fraud cases.

At Jay Jaffe A Professional Corporation, I am a Beverly Hills criminal defense lawyer dedicated to protecting your rights, reputation, and freedom. With more than 40 years of experience, I possess a thorough understanding of California laws and court proceedings in order to helping you navigate through any complications which may arise in your case.

Penalties for Credit Card Fraud

There are a plethora of ways to be charged with credit card fraud in California. California Penal Code Section 484 specifies the criminal penalties involving credit card fraud. Any individual who intends to defraud, sells, transfers or conveys a credit or debit card, without the cardholder’s or issuer’s consent, is considered guilty of grand theft.

Grand theft is a wobbler, meaning that the prosecutor may decide to charge an offender with either a misdemeanor or felony. Misdemeanor grand theft is punishable by a county jail sentence of one year, while a felony grand theft is punishable by a prison sentence of either 16 months, two years, or three years.

Any person who intends to defraud, creates, designs, alters, or embosses a counterfeit credit or debit card or utters or otherwise attempts to use a counterfeit access card is guilty of forgery. Forgery is considered a misdemeanor, unless the forged item exceeds $950, then it is a felony. Misdemeanor forgery is punishable by a county jail sentence of one year, while a felony forgery is punishable by a prison sentence of either 16 months, two years, or three years.

Any person who is in possession of credit or debit card information, or a credit or debit card that has been altered, and obtains money, goods, services, or anything else of value without the cardholder’s consent is guilty of petty theft. Petty theft is punishable by a county jail sentence of six months.

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With penalties this significant, it’s imperative to obtain legal representation from an experienced and skilled criminal defense attorney. I have successfully handled cases for countless clients, and I am confident I can obtain the outcome you desire as well.

Contact Jay Jaffe A Professional Corporation and schedule a case evaluation today.