In the simplest sense of the word, fraud is the deliberate deception by one party to secure unlawful or unfair gain from another or to deprive the victim of his or her legal right. However, fraud is usually much more complicated than the simple definition leads many to believe. This is because Texas recognizes 22 different types of fraud, each of which requires different elements to prove and result in different degrees of charges and penalties.
At Abrams Trial Law, our experienced trial attorneys are familiar with all forms of fraud in Texas, and we are prepared to defend you against charges brought against you. Contact us today to request a consultation.
Where To Find Texas Fraud Laws
The best way to understand Texas fraud laws is to go straight to the source. Texas Penal Code, Chapter 32 describes, in detail, the 22 variations of fraud a person can commit. The code begins with the more obvious forms of fraud, such as forgery, trademark counterfeiting, and credit or debit card abuse, and ends with lesser known types of fraud, such as hindering secured creditors, fraudulently transferring a motor vehicle, and rigging a public contest. In this chapter, you will also find the various charges and punishments for committing fraud, which range from a Class C misdemeanor to a felony of the first degree.
Types of Fraud in Texas
From forgery and bribery to issuing a bad check or illegally recruiting an athlete, Texas has strict and pointed fraud laws. Whether or not you have been charged with fraud in the Longhorn State, it does not hurt to brush up on your knowledge of what does and does not constitute an act of fraud. Below are the forms of fraud Texas recognizes:
If you are unsure of what any of the above terms mean, do not hesitate to consult with an attorney.
Get Legal Help Today
Fraud is a very serious crime that carries with it varying degrees of punishment based on the type of fraud you may be charged with, and an attorney can help you defend your rights. If you are facing a fraud charge in Texas, contact the trial lawyers at Abrams Trial Law today for the aggressive defense you need.