Welfare Fraud Attorneys
– Sacramento criminal defense law –
Have you been accused of welfare fraud from an investigator?
We recommend that you speak to an experienced attorney immediately and refrain from giving any statements to the investigator. Keep in mind that investigators may also contact family members, friends, and co-workers to obtain additional information.
At Abrate & Olsen, we are here to assist you every step of the way throughout the investigation process and will work with you to create the best plan for your unique situation. We understand this situation is stressful and we are ready to provide our full attention.
You can rest assured we will work hard to obtain a dismissal or reduction of any charges you may be facing. Our welfare fraud lawyers have experience getting felonies reduced to misdemeanors as well as getting cases dismissed altogether. Contact us today so that we can put our expertise to work for you.
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Former Sacramento deputy district attorneys fighting for your criminal defense rights. Getting your criminal case dismissed is our top priority.
What is welfare fraud in California?
Welfare fraud occurs when a person abuses safety-net programs to gain benefits such as cash, food, housing, or healthcare to which they are not eligible. This occurs when a person gives false or incomplete information on paperwork and sometimes includes identity theft. Welfare fraud can target the living and the deceased.
- Selling EBT for cash
- Collecting benefits in multiple states
- Claiming to be a single parent while other parent lives in the same home
- Hiding personal assets
- Failure to properly report income or employment
What are the penalties of welfare fraud?
The penalties for welfare fraud in California depend on the type of fraud allegedly committed. The penalties typically vary from 6 months in jail with a maximum $500 fine to 3 years in jail and a maximum $5,000 fine. Once convicted of welfare fraud, a person is disqualified from receiving government benefits and state-issued licenses may be revoked.
What are California’s welfare programs?
- CalWORKS – CalWORKS is a public assistance program that provides cash aid and services for eligible families with child(ren).
- CalFresh – CalFresh is commonly referred to as the food stamp program. It provides monthly food benefits to individuals and families with low-income.
- GA/GR – The general assistance or general relief program is designed to provide support to indigent adults who are not supported by other assistance programs.
- Medi-Cal – Medi-Cal is a state program that provides free or low-cost health coverage to those with low-income.
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Felonies and Misdemeanors are the two most common classifications of crimes in California. Understanding the differences and the legal process for each can greatly affect your rights and freedom. In general, a misdemeanor charge stems from what is considered a minor crime while a felony charge relates to more serious or major crimes.
Keep in mind that if you are ever arrested for a crime, you are protected under some of the amendments to the United States Constitution. You do have the right to remain silent, and you have the right to legal counsel. You have the right to be told of the charges brought against you. You cannot ever be arrested without a probable cause. If a probable cause present, your Miranda rights will be read.
Criminal law is the part of law dealing with those people who commit some sort of crime. Those types of cases will require criminal law attorneys to represent them. Our Sacramento criminal defense attorneys at The Abrate & Olsen Law Group have been able to successfully defend many individuals facing all types of criminal charges, and we will be able to offer you assistance, Punitive measures for crimes differ depending on the seriousness of the crime committed and even where it took place. Crimes will fall within one of two categories, which are felonies or misdemeanors. Of the two, felonies are the more serious type of crimes that are normally punishable by at least one year or more in prison. Misdemeanors are crimes that are not as severe and are may mean up to a year in prison, typically.
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