Fraud charges are extremely wide-ranging. Essentially, any service you provide or product you produce could turn into a fraud accusation if not handled correctly. For instance, here are some of the most common fraud-related charges we see in our practice:
- Deceptive trade practices
- False advertising
- Financial services fraud
- Investor fraud
- Telemarketing fraud
- Mail fraud
- Pension fraud
- Defective products
Depending on how severely the so-called fraud impacted others, the penalty for fraud in Texas could be anywhere from six months in prison and a $10,000 fine to life imprisonment or the death penalty.
Credit Card Abuse
Credit card abuse can include stealing another person’s credit card, selling another person’s credit card, or using another person’s identifying information in order to pay for something. In the state of Texas, a person convicted of credit card abuse could be charged with either of the following:
- State felony, which means six months to two years in state jail and up to $10,000 in fines
- 3rd-degree felony, resulting in two to ten years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines
At its core, simple forgery is considered a Class A misdemeanor in Texas, punishable by up to one year in jail and up to $4,000 in fines. However, the more official the documents being forged, the more severe the penalties become.
Forgery becomes a state jail felony when the document in question is a mortgage, will, deed, credit card, or check. The crime becomes a 3rd-degree felony when the document is government-issued, such as a license, certificate, permit, postage, or money itself. The penalties for these levels of forgery are the same as those for credit card abuse: up to two years in state jail and $10,000 in fines for the state felony; up to 10 years in prison and $10,000 in fines for the 3rd-degree felony.