Deed Fraud Defense Attorney in Orange County
Given recent events in the real estate industry, authorities have become more aggressive about prosecuting real estate fraud, resulting in many professionals losing their licenses. More than ever, it is important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney at your side. The lawyers at Law Office of Michael L. Guisti are determined to defend your reputation against forgery claims. Let our firm put our decade of experience to work on your behalf!
Deed fraud occurs when someone knowingly files, registers, or records a forged deed. This typically happens when they get a hold of a property title, forge the owner's name, and transfer the title to themselves with the intention of selling the property to another person. When studying such fraud, investigators consider the role various parties played during the sale of the property, including lenders, real estate agents, and appraisers.
People also forge deeds to take out equity loans on the houses of their unwitting victims. In many cases, their victims are elderly homeowners, which can lead to charges of elderly abuse. In some types of deed fraud, a scammer pressures a victim into signing over equity loans. Other types of fraud take place without homeowner's consent, and can go on for years without their knowledge.
Many prosecutors assume that during the course of the transaction somebody should have seen a red flag concerning forged deed — meaning someone in the line of business could be guilty of participating in fraud. Because responsibility for such an oversight is hard to pin down, a thorough investigation can prove time-consuming and costly. Our lawyers are here to tackle such legal work to prevent you from losing valuable business due to an accusation of fraud.
If you have been involved in a fraudulent property transaction, do not wait any longer to protect your rights and your reputation. When you hire us, our attorneys will work carefully to establish the legitimacy of your practices and ensure your side of the story is heard.
Common means of defense involve your part in the transaction, providing evidence for facts such as:
- You had the homeowner's permission to enter into a transaction with the property
- The deed was legally signed over to you
- You cross-checked all records
At Law Office of Michael L. Guisti, our OC criminal defense attorneys are ready to handle your case. With years of experience in criminal defense, we are prepared not only defend your license, but to protect your future.
Don't fall prey to fraud charges. For more information, contact us at (714) 530-9690 today!
Whether you're facing a felony or a misdemeanor, don't risk a conviction. Act quickly to redeem your reputation and protect your record by consulting with our Orange County criminal defense lawyer. Call today to schedule your free consultation.