If you have been arrested for any type of theft or property crime, the Houston theft and property crimes attorneys at Stradley, Chernoff & Alford, welcome your inquiry. We will fight for you if you have been accused of fraud, bank fraud, welfare fraud, wire fraud, check fraud, theft by check, identify theft, grand theft, credit card theft, burglary, forgery, robbery, possession of stolen property, shoplifting, counterfeiting, attempt to defraud, theft of mail, or Social Security theft.
Theft and property crimes include anything from a shoplifting charge for failure to pay at a department store to an extensive and complicated scheme to defraud, which may wind up in state or federal court. The Houston theft and property crimes lawyers at Stradley, Chernoff & Alford have handled conspiracies involving millions of dollars and misdemeanor cases involving one shoplifted item of clothing.
A shoplifting accusation usually occurs after a person has left a store, but there are exceptions. The State must prove that the person was intent on stealing in order to obtain a conviction. “Intent” is usually shown at trial by evidence that the accused tired to hide merchandise on her person or concealed in some way her failure to pay. Often, a client has put some items under his or her cart or baby carriage and left without remembering to pay. In some cases, a child faces juvenile charges after innocently carrying an item out of a store.
Fraud cases are as varied as the mind’s capacity to concoct schemes. We have represented employees, partners, employers, IRS agents, telemarketers, computer hackers, mortgage brokers, stockbrokers, private airplane pilots, legal secretaries, lawyers, and more.
Sometimes an employee bears the brunt of a fraud that is actually being perpetrated by someone higher up the chain of command. Sometimes an investment scheme is so complicated that it is presumed criminal when it starts losing money. In all of these instances, the lawyer for the accused must be highly knowledgeable about his client’s case.
When there is advance warning that a fraud charge may materialize, we may be able to prevent an arrest altogether.
For an honest and confidential consultation with an aggressive criminal defense lawyer regarding any theft or property crime, contact us.
The Houston, Texas criminal defense law firm of Stradley, Chernoff & Alford, represents people who have been accused of a state or federal crime anywhere in Texas, including in communities such as League City, Angleton, Pearland, Alvin, Clear Lake, Sugar Land, The Woodlands, Baytown, Pasadena, Memorial, Spring Branch, River Oaks, West University, and Bellaire.
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