Fraud accusations can damage many aspects of your life. These criminal charges can severely impact your personal reputation and with the social stigma, your friends and neighbors may even be less willing to socialize with you. Your professional future may also be harmed, as not many business associates want to have a professional relationship with people they do not trust.
With so much at stake, it is critical that you fight those charges with a Chandler fraud lawyer at The Law Firm of Brandon White who understands the potentially devastating consequences that a conviction on fraud charges could bring. Skilled criminal defense attorneys could work aggressively to protect your freedom and your future.
Definition of Fraud in Chandler
According to Arizona law, fraud is a knowing misrepresentation or intentional deception made for a personal benefit or gain. The misrepresentation does not have to be a spoken or written verbal statement or promise. It can also include fraudulent conduct, false pretenses, or a material omission. The personal benefit usually consists of money, property, or services. Arizona law does not require the alleged victim to have relied on the fraud for the accused party to be convicted.
Some fraud cases involve high stakes, multi-million-dollar theft, while others are akin to petty theft. The charges are taken seriously, regardless of the stakes involved. In addition, if it is a high-profile fraud case that plays out in the public eye, a team of experienced attorneys would work to discretely handle the charges to minimize the harm to personal and professional reputations.
Penalties for fraud vary widely, depending on the type of crime, the value of the property or goods obtained fraudulently, and the number of prior convictions. A first-time offender could face up to 12.5 years in prison. A defendant with one prior criminal conviction could face up to 23.25 years behind bars. If the defendant has two previous convictions, they could face a 35-year prison term.
Different Types of Fraud
A wide variety of crimes constitute fraud under Arizona law, including:
- Bank fraud, including check fraud
- Health care fraud, including prescription drug fraud
- Financial fraud, including embezzlement and credit card fraud
- Money laundering or the movement of illegally obtained money
- Identity theft
- Insurance fraud
- Securities fraud
- Mail and wire fraud
- Tax fraud
People accused of fraud can face both state and federal charges simultaneously. A seasoned team of dedicated Chandler attorneys understand how best to address a wide variety of fraud charges.
Call a Chandler Fraud Attorney Today
It is essential to fight fraud charges right from the start. The stigma of a fraud conviction could stay with you and affect every aspect of your life.
A Chandler fraud defense lawyer would strive for the best possible result and would consult with you at every step of the way. If they can find evidence of prosecutorial or police misconduct, a hardworking lawyer can get the charges dismissed. If the attorneys determine that a plea bargain is in your best interest, they will negotiate for the most favorable resolution. Contact The Law Firm of Brandon White today to arrange a meeting. We are here to represent your best interests.