Real Estate Fraud: Understanding the Basic Elements of Fraud Defense
Real estate fraud is considered a serious crime in the Inland Empire. It is also a crime that is seriously prosecuted in the entire State of California. If you or someone you know has been accused of real estate fraud in the Inland Empire, you should seek the immediate guidance and support of an experienced attorney who has experience in dealing with real estate fraud cases. Obtaining the help and support of the right law firm can help to protect your reputation, your freedom and even your assets.
Since the economic recession of 2008, the State of California witnessed one of the worst real estate collapses in its history. In the aftermath of the economic downfall, state legislators passed a series of laws and other efforts that were set to protect consumers and homeowners. Due to the complexity of these laws, however, many professionals in the real estate industry have been caught up in the dynamics of rapidly changing and evolving laws and regulations. Many workers are ultimately left with being charged with serious accusations that could hinder not only their reputations, but their entire livelihoods as well.
The Importance of Obtaining an Experienced Attorney to Defend Your Case
As previously mentioned, real estate fraud is a serious crime in the State of California and it is actively prosecuted. In the aftermath of the real estate crisis in the state, many counties have sought to create specialized units in an effort to bring down and prosecute those charged with real estate fraud. The following groups have been particularly susceptible to being charged with real estate fraud:
- Real estate agents
- Mortgage brokers
- Non-professional buyers
- Home or property sellers
Unfortunately, this wide range of groups is not alone in being susceptible to a charge. Many professionals often face having their entire office staff charged or subpoenaed. Having a large group of people susceptible to a charge necessitates the legal support of an experienced attorney who can act swiftly in the defense. In these situations the outcome can have bearing on dozens of people in lasting ways.
Different Categories of Real Estate Fraud
It is important to understand that real estate fraud is not a singular crime. In fact, it can appear as many different misdemeanor and/or felony crimes. This could include the following:
- Title transfer schemes
- Foreclosure scams
- Predatory lending
- Property deed or forgery fraud
- Home flipping scams
- Rent skimming
- Falsifying documents and more
The Bottom Line
In the State of California, if you or someone you know is in need of legal defense, it is important to seek an attorney who has the right experience and expertise in dealing with real estate fraud. A qualified and knowledgeable attorney can assist you in understanding the details of the case, along with California State laws that will aid in support of your defense. Real estate can carry a variety of consequences. It can not only hinder your reputation as a trusted business professional, it can also leave you with the inability to obtain work once your reputation has been tarnished and or licenses revoked. Seek the support of an attorney you can trust. The attorneys at Milligan, Beswick, Levine, & Knox, LLP have extensive experience in dealing with real estate fraud cases. They advocate and defend the rights of their clients and are ready to talk to you about any pending litigation you may be facing with regard to real estate fraud.
Stephen Levine, is a Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Defense — an honor achieved by only the top criminal law attorneys in California. Mr. Levine has over 40 years of experience in criminal defense and family law serving Southern California, and is a highly regarded Super Lawyer as well as AV Rated attorney.