False accusations are common when it comes to allegations of theft and fraud. Even when there is basis for an allegation, the dollar amount and aggravating circumstances can be exaggerated and spiral out of control. Allegations of dishonesty carry significant personal consequences and social stigma. Felony or misdemeanor, a conviction may also carry significant jail time. Financial fraud or conspiracy charges often carry with them the need for an aggressive attorney to relentlessly dig into and analyze the evidence, ledgers, records, and paper trial involved. Aaron Meyer has successfully litigated numerous complex, high-dollar cases involving allegations of fraud and theft. Aaron Meyer Law stands ready to attack your fraud, theft, or white-collar crimes case.
We defend cases in California, Federal, and Military courts involving allegations of:
- Larceny: The unlawful taking or removal of another’s personal property, with intent to deprive them thereof.
- Misappropriation: The wrongful taking and conversion of the goods or money of another, especially when done by a public officer or employee.
- Embezzlement: The fraudulent appropriation of property or money entrusted to one’s care.
- Bank Fraud: The use of false pretenses, misrepresentations, or promises to obtain money or property from a bank.
- Health Care Fraud: The intentional deception or misrepresentation of information to obtain money from a health care benefit program.
- Credit Card Fraud: The use of a credit card to obtain money, goods, or services without the consent of the cardholder.
- Computer Fraud: The unauthorized use of a computer to obtain money, goods, or services.
- Mail or wire fraud: The use of the mail or wires to transport or transmit money, securities, or other property obtained by fraud.
- Insurance fraud: The intentional misrepresentation or concealment of information in order to obtain an insurance payout.
- Bribery: The giving or receiving of something of value to influence the actions of any individual in power like a public official.
- Extortion: The obtaining of property or money from an individual or organization using threats or intimidation.
What Are Some Common Criminal Defenses of Theft Crime Accusations?
There are several defenses that may be available in a case defending theft crimes. Some common defenses include:
- The accused had no intent to steal the property: In scenarios where property is left accidentally, or the accused takes property believing it to be their own, the accused may have a defense to theft charges.
- The accused was falsely implicated: This happens all the time. Unfortunately, people sometimes make false allegations of theft or fraud for a variety of reasons, such as jealousy, revenge, to gain an advantage in a civil case, or they genuinely mistook someone for another.
- The property was not actually taken: This may be a defense if, for example, the accused took possession of the property but never actually removed it from the premises.
- The accused was authorized to take the property: If the accused is an employee, for example, and they take property for which they are authorized to do so, this may be a defense to theft charges if the accuser is not aware of that authority.
- The accused was acting under duress or coercion: If the accused was threatened or forced to commit the theft, they may have a defense to the charges. We see this in cases where the accused is forced to commit a robbery or burglary at gunpoint, for example.
These are just some of the defenses that may be available in a theft case. It is important to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney to learn more about the defenses that may be available to you after a deep examination of your case.
What Evidence Is Needed in a Criminal Defense of Theft Crimes?
In any criminal defense of theft, it is important to review the evidence that the prosecution will be relying on to prove their case. This includes reviewing any video or photographic evidence, witness testimonials, and any documentation or evidence that may be related to the case. It is also important to review the law that applies to the case, as there may be specific elements that the prosecution must prove for a conviction to be obtained.
Typically, successful criminal defense cases include the following evidence:
- An alibi: This is evidence that places the accused in a different location at the time of the alleged theft. Alibi testimonials can be very powerful in a theft case.
- Video footage and photography: This evidence can be helpful in establishing that the property was not actually taken or that the accused had no intent to take the property, as in cases where someone is inaccurately accused of shoplifting.
- Documentation and evidence related to the property: This can include receipts, bills of sale, or any other documentation that establishes ownership of the property.
- Reasonable doubt: If any reasonable doubt as to the accused’s guilt exists, the accused should be found not guilty. This is often the most important piece of evidence in a criminal trial.
The prosecution’s case is often based on circumstantial evidence, meaning no direct evidence linking the accused to the theft is present. Raising reasonable doubt is an important tool in attacking a prosecutor’s case. This can be done by cross-examining witnesses, presenting your own evidence, and raising any possible defenses that may be available to you.
Do I Need a Newport Beach Criminal Defense Attorney?
If you are under investigation or have been arrested for a white-collar crime, speak with an experienced Newport Beach theft lawyer as soon as possible. These crimes can be complex, and the penalties for conviction can be harsh.
Qualified defense attorneys can:
- Help you understand the charges against you: You need a deep-level understanding of the specific charges you are facing and the evidence against you in order to mount an effective defense.
- Build a strong defense strategy: A well-executed defense strategy can often poke holes in the prosecution’s case and lead to a reduced sentence or charges being dropped.
- Negotiate a favorable plea bargain: Good defense lawyers can often negotiate a favorable plea bargain with the prosecution, resulting in a lesser sentence than you would have received had you gone to trial.
- Represent you in court: If your case goes to trial, you need an experienced lawyer who can present a strong defense on your behalf and will not buckle under pressure from the prosecution.
Representing yourself in a criminal case, thinking it will save you money on legal fees, is a huge mistake. Often, people who self-represent lose even more money in the long run and wind up with a more serious conviction on their record.
What Should I Do After Being Accused of Theft?
If you have been accused of theft, follow these critical steps:
- Remain silent: Do not speak to the police without a criminal attorney present. Anything you say can and will be used against you.
- Contact a Newport Beach attorney: Contact a qualified theft defense lawyer as soon as possible. They will be able to advise you of your rights, help you build a defense strategy, and represent you in court.
- Cooperate with your lawyer: Follow your Newport Beach criminal lawyer’s instructions and provide them with all the information they need to build your defense.
- Prepare for trial: If your case goes to trial, make sure you are well prepared and know what to expect.
If you have been accused of theft, contacting a qualified Newport Beach theft lawyer is the most important thing you can do. They can guide you through the process, advise you of your rights, and help you build the strongest defense possible.
What Qualities Should My Newport Beach Criminal Defense Lawyer Have?
When looking for a criminal defense lawyer to represent you in a theft case, find someone who has the following qualities:
- Experience: The lawyer you choose should have a proven track record of success in defending theft cases.
- Knowledge: Your lawyer should have in-depth knowledge of the law and the court system and be able to use this knowledge to your advantage.
- Dedication: Your lawyer should be dedicated to fighting for your rights and doing whatever it takes to get the best results for you.
- Communication: Your lawyer should be able to communicate effectively and keep you updated on the progress of your case.
- Integrity: Your lawyer should be honest and trustworthy and have a reputation for being fair and ethical.
- Empathy: Your lawyer should be able to put themselves in your shoes, understand what you are going through, and fight for your case as if their rights were on the line.
When looking for a criminal defense lawyer, these are the top qualities that should radiate off their resume or when first introducing themselves to you. Make sure to ask the lawyer a few questions about their experience and qualifications, so you can be sure they are the right fit for you.
Contact Aaron Meyer Defense Lawyers Today
Do not just give up and accept a plea out of fear or intimidation. Make sure you have an aggressive advocate who won’t settle for “good enough.” The battle can be difficult, long, or uphill, but there can be hope when you have a lawyer doing everything possible to protect you. To find out how Aaron Meyer will start attacking the details of your case, build a close relationship with you, and commence the relentless fight, call us today at 949-894-4239 or fill out the form for a free consultation.