Definition of Fraud in Gilbert
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 discreetly handle the charges to minimize the harm to personal and professional reputations.
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 Gilbert attorneys understand how best to address a wide variety of fraud charges.
Fraud Penalties in Arizona
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.
Call a Gilbert 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 Gilbert 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.