It is illegal to falsify information or lie to an insurance company. In
fact, if you are deceptive towards an insurer, you will not only be confronted
on moral grounds. You may be taken to court and charged with insurance
fraud as a result of your actions. If you are
charged with this crime, you will want to hire a
Houston criminal defense attorney to help you immediately.
The Martinez Law Firm, we understand that you may not be guilty of your crime. For example,
we may be able to argue that you did not intend to deceive or defraud
the insurance company. Maybe you did not have the right information and
your crime was completely unintentional. As well, an attorney may be able
to argue that the information that you provided to an insurance company
is not false after all. Many times miscommunications can come off as lies
when there is simply a discrepancy in the language.
A Houston criminal defense attorney could also argue that there was a mistake
in the fact. For example, you may have truly thought that a fire in your
home started with a defective product and only learned later that the
fire started because you left your stove on when you went out to run errands.
There are countless instances where you may be mistaken and you may have
provided information to an insurance company that you assumed was true.
With so many defenses to employ, it is essential that you make to have
a Houston criminal defense lawyer on your side when accused of lying to
an insurance company.
If you do not hire a criminal defense attorney to help you, and are consequently
proven guilty of your crime, then you can be charged with a state jail
felonly. For example, there have been insurance fraud claims that have
come with first degree felony convictions because of their lies.
People who purposefully falsify information on one of these insurance claims
can be sent to prison for up to two years in addition to the other charges.
All of this is outlined in the
Texas Insurance Fraud Statute in the Penal Code, Title 7 Chapter 35. If you want more information about insurance fraud and how to handle
allegations, make sure to contact an attorney at The Martinez Law Firm.
The lawyers at this firm are devoted to helping clients in need with their
criminal defense cases.
Whether you have been charged with a
white collar crime a fraud crime, or murder, these lawyers are here for you.
Contact them today!