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santa clara fraud defense lawyerPeople throughout California engage in a variety of business-related activities, so it is not uncommon for some individuals to occasionally face fraud accusations for certain actions they take. The commission of a fraud crime typically requires an alleged offender to obtain some kind of benefit to which they are not entitled and cause harm to an alleged victim.

The California Employment Development Department (EDD) actively encourages people to report fraud, and any person who is facing fraud allegations will want to be certain they retain legal counsel as soon as possible.

Frequently Committed Fraud Offenses in Santa Clara County

The term fraud includes a wide variety of criminal offenses. Some of the most common fraud crimes in California include, but are not limited to:

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san jose criminal defense lawyerProperty crimes generally refer to criminal offenses in which an alleged offender steals, destroys, or otherwise violates another party’s property rights. A conviction for a property crime in California can result in serious criminal penalties. While many property crimes may be misdemeanor offenses, several others can result in felony criminal charges. If you are facing property crime charges in California, seek the help of a San Jose, CA property crimes defense attorney.

Types of Property Crimes in Santa Clara County

The most common kinds of property crimes in California usually include:

  • Burglary — Under California Penal Code § 459, an alleged offender who enters another party’s property with intent to commit grand or petit larceny or any felony commits burglary. First-degree burglary involves burglary of residential structures while second-degree burglary crimes involve other types of structures. Convictions are punishable by up to six years in prison.

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San Jose criminal defense attorneyThe stereotypical image that may come to mind when you hear “domestic violence” is of a man physically attacking a female romantic partner. While this form of domestic violence is fairly common, it is far from the only situation in which domestic battery may be charged. People of any gender may be charged with domestic battery, and the victim need not be a current romantic partner. Regardless of the specific set of circumstances leading up to a domestic battery arrest, the charge remains heavily stigmatized.

The collateral consequences associated with a domestic battery conviction may even be worse than the judicial consequences. You may face struggles similar to those a felon may face in finding a good job, securing educational opportunities, or even finding housing that is acceptable to you. If you have been accused of domestic violence, it is important to take the situation very seriously and find a skilled criminal defense lawyer. 

Domestic Violence Charges Are Based on the Victim’s Identity

Generally, the only difference between a simple assault charge and a more serious domestic violence charge is the victim’s relationship to you. You may be charged with domestic violence if the victim was your: 

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Santa Clara drug crimes defense lawyerIf you are eligible for PC 1000, a pretrial diversion program for those with minor drug charges, it may provide an opportunity for you to keep your criminal record clean. For those who qualify, it may prove invaluable. If you successfully complete this diversion program, your charges will be dismissed. You will not have a conviction. To succeed in this program, you must commit to certain requirements, like seeking substance abuse treatment and staying clean and sober. There are also requirements for entering these programs. They are designed for people who use and possessed drugs and may benefit from treatment, not manufacturers or distributors.

For many eligible individuals, but not all, this will be their first interaction with the criminal justice system. If you believe that you are eligible for this drug diversion program, your attorney will likely advise you to take advantage of it in most situations. 

Four Conditions for Acceptance into PC 1000 Diversion

Four conditions that must be met in order to be accepted into the program relate to: 

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Santa Clara County Criminal Defense AttorneyMental illnesses affect millions of people across the country.  Unfortunately, some people with mental illnesses end up facing criminal charges. 

In California, mental health assistance and diversion programs that focus on treatment and rehabilitation instead of punishment are available to people with mental health issues. These programs help people get the treatment and mental health care they need. 

Pretrial Diversion Programs for People with Mental Health Problems

A pretrial diversion program is an alternative to traditional prosecution and sentencing. In a pretrial diversion program, the defendant agrees to participate in treatment and other services for a set period of time. If the defendant completes the program successfully, the charges against them may be dismissed. The arrest record is eventually sealed and not accessible to the public. 

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