Phoenix Fraud Defense Lawyer
There are multiple ways in which fraud can be committed, but it is a broad term that is used to define the misrepresentation of fact, deceitful behavior, or a falsified statement. A person commits fraud when they intentionally deceive another person for personal gain. This deception causes damage to the victim, which means they have been deprived of their money or property. If you live in Arizona, Mesa, Glendale, Scottsdale or the surrounding areas, it’s important to have an Phoenix fraud defense lawyer representing you so you can receive the best outcome.
Depending on the nature of the alleged fraud that was committed, it can be charged at the state or federal level. Fraud that’s charged at the federal level usually includes counterfeiting that involves more than one state or defrauding a government entity, such as the Department of Human Services, the IRS, or bankruptcy court.
Effective Fraud Defense
Fraud charges can be criminal or civil. Civil fraud is the result of bad faith, which requires the defendant to take action that will return the victim to the financial or personal position they were in before the fraud took place. In criminal cases, intent is taken into account.
There are also a number of essential elements that are required to classify an act as fraud. They are:
- Misrepresentation of fact by a person who knows the information is false
- Misrepresented fact is relayed to an entity or person who relies on that information
- Injury or loss has resulted from the misrepresentation
The different types of fraud include tax fraud, credit card fraud, insurance fraud, identity theft, bribery, embezzlement, counterfeiting, bank fraud, securities fraud, pyramid schemes, government fraud, and other related offenses.
Because so many actions are considered fraud, fraud charges are divided into:
- Consumer fraud – Consumers are defrauded (identity theft, check fraud, Ponzi schemes, etc.)
- Employee fraud – An employee violates their duty by accepting bribes, embezzling funds, selling trade secrets, or anything that violates their fiduciary duty in exchange for personal gain.
- Government or business fraud – This includes tax fraud, health care fraud, bankruptcy fraud, social security fraud, and other such actions.
You Can Fight For Your Future
A fraud accusation isn’t the end of the road. The burden rests on the shoulders of the prosecution to prove that you misrepresented a fact and did so knowingly. If evidence is weak, the case could be dismissed. If the prosecution can’t prove their case in court, then you could be acquitted. Other times, there is opportunity for the charges to be reduced. Our attorneys fight to obtain the best result for you.
Contact An Phoenix Fraud Defense Lawyer
If you are being investigated for or have been charged with fraud, it’s important to have an experienced and committed defense attorney representing you. Myles Schneider & Associates, LTD brings experience, knowledge, and strategy to the table. To learn more about your rights and options, call today at 602-926-7373 to schedule a free consultation.