False Statement for Property or Credit is a fairly short statute that encompasses a very complex area of law., There are numerous types of loans, lines of credit, and mortages that can encompass the offense of False Statement for Property or Credit, and each requires an in-depth analysis. Bank and loan documents are key to defending this type of case, and the more records you can supply your attorney, the better the chances are to defend the case.
Some of the more common subsections are Subsection (8), which prohibits a person from advertising property or a service with intent to either not to sell it as advertised, and also Subsection (9), which prohibits a person from representing the price of property or service falsely or in a way tending to mislead. Likewise, Subsection (10) makes it illegal for a person to make a materially false or misleading statement of fact concerning a prodcuts price or price reduction.
You can read the specific Statute and Punishments for False Statement for Property or Credit below.
False Statement for Property or Credit is punished depending on the alleged amount of credit or value of property, from a minor as a Class C misdemeanor if the value of the property or the amount of credit is less than $100, all the way to a first degree felony for property over $300,000
Most common in Travis County is False Statement for Property or Credit at the level of a Class B misdemeanor if the value of the property or the amount of credit is $100 or more but less than $750; and a Class A misdemeanor if the value of the property or the amount of credit is $750 or more but less than $2,500. Once the property or the amount of credit hits $2,500 or more but less than $30,000, then the accused is charged with a state jail felony
False Statement for Property or Credit is considered a Crime of Moral Turpitude. This means they are offenses involving traits of honestly and trust in the community. Offenses that, if convicted, may portrait the person as being dishonest. Crimes of Moral Turpitude are among the most commonly reported on criminal history background checks, and are scrutinized by potential employers, colleges, landlords, and law enforcement. They may disqualify a person from serving on jury duty, holding public offices, obtaining licensing and clearance in certain fields, traveling into other counties, obtaining loans and mortgages, and more. They will also be allowed to be disclosed to the jury or judge if you are ever testifying at a hearing or trial.
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False Statement for Property or Credit arrests will result in jail -- and a bail bond will be required for release from Jail. An Attorney can help obtain a Personal Bond for False Statement for Property or Credit by arguing to a Judge for release. This will require hiring the attorney for both the jail release and represention on the case itself; although typically the jail release fee is the deposit for representation.
Sometimes an officer will file arrest warrant for False Statement for Property or Credit, which will require a Walkthrough to clear the Arrest Warrant. Doing a Walkthrough quickly is important, because most of the time a person does not go into the jail during the surrender process. Call us for more details if you have an active Travis County Arrest Warrant for False Statement for Property or Credit.
Keates Law Firm can act quickly to assist with a personal bond to release that person. Be sure to read more about Bond, Personal Bonds, and Travis County Jail Releases.
Defenses for False Statement for Property or Credit vary, considering there are no many types of actions that could be included under the statute. From personal lines of credit, to auto loans and home mortgages, each requires an in-depth analysis concerning defenses for that particular situatiuon.
If you'd like to talk in detail about your situation, or if you have questions, contact us for a Free Case Consultation. Keep in mind, Keates Law Firm only practices in Austin and Travis County.
Hiring the right attorney from the beginning is important. Poor legal decisions will have a negative effect upon the case as it progresses. The Keates Law Firm has over 16+ Years Experience handling False Statement for Property or Credit cases. Our focus is to try and have the case dismissed against you. We don't even discuss pleas until all legal and negotiation options have been explored in detail.
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Goals vary, depending on a person's charge, criminal history, and other factors, but ideally, the goal should be a reduction of charges, a dismissal, and avoiding heavy fines for any False Statement for Property or Credit charge. Often times the goal becomes avoiding jail, or even getting a favorable probation with a possible dismissal at the end, called Deferred Adjudication. If dismissed, a person can later seek an Expunction of a Criminal Record, which is where a Judge Orders the offense records destroyed, including police reports, court records, and prosecutor files.
Likewise, if Deferred Adjudication is successfully completed, the person can have thier record sealed through Motions for NonDisclosure.
(b) A person commits an offense if he intentionally or knowingly makes a materially false or misleading written statement to obtain property or credit, including a mortgage loan.
(b-1) A person commits an offense if the person intentionally or knowingly makes a materially false or misleading written statement in providing an appraisal of real property for compensation.
|Level of Offense||Punishment||Fines|
|less than $100||Class C Misdemeanor||Not Jailable||No more than $500 fines|
|$100 or more but less than $750||Class B Misdemeanor||Not more than 180 days in a county jail and/or no more than $2,000 fines|
|$750 or more but less than $2,500||Class A Misdemeanor||Not more than 1 year in a county jail and/or no more than $4,000 fines|
|$2,500 or more but less than $30,000||State jail felony||180 days to 2 years in a state jail and/or no more than $10,000 fines|
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