Santa Barbara Securities Fraud Lawyer
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If you are facing accusations of securities fraud in California, you need an attorney who will aggressively protect your rights and future. At Appel & Morse, we provide experienced and skilled legal assistance to all our clients who are facing white collar crime allegations. As former prosecutors, our Santa Barbara criminal defense attorneys understand both sides of the courtroom, giving you an advantage in trial.
Securities Fraud Penalties
The term “security” is a broad term which includes various types of investments, including corporate stocks, municipal bonds, bank notes, investment contracts, and more. Securities fraud occurs when a person involved with one of these investments lies, steals, or cheats in an attempt to gain a financial advantage.
If you willfully sell – or offer to sell – securities in California without complying with California’s qualification requirement, or if you sell securities in a way that violates the terms of the qualification, you face a maximum prison sentence of three years and a fine of up to $1,000,000. If you willfully engage in market manipulation, make a false or misleading statement in a securities transaction, or engage in insider trading, you face a maximum prison sentence of five years and a fine of up to $10,000,000.
40+ Years of Combined Legal Experience
According to the California Corporate Code, no individual may be imprisoned for the violation of any rule or order if he or she proves that he or she had no knowledge of the rule or order. In other words, you cannot be convicted unless you acted “willfully.” Our Santa Barbara criminal defense lawyers will do whatever it takes to get the most favorable outcome possible.
At Appel & Morse, we work to ensure our clients understand what is happening with their cases and how to best defend their interests. Our mission is to obtain the best results based on a true understanding of each client's unique circumstances.