How To Deal With A Fraud Charge


Fraud usually occurs when something like information is used to com mit a crime that includes theft of money or data. An individual assumes the identity of another individual and uses the identity to engage in illegal activity, steal from others, or commit heinous acts. An individual who engages in criminal fraud is prosecuted by the government and faces penalties of probation, jail time, and/or restitution.

A conviction for civil fraud requires the necessary evidence that the individual actually committed the crime and has harmed the victim in such a manner. For the purpose of fraud, there must be proof that the individual inflicted injury through economic or non-economic means. If a victim loses his job due to the fraud committed by an individual, another form of damage is added to increase the possible compensation that will be paid to the victim. A lawyer will calculate possible compensation and pursue such in the courtroom or through a settlement negotiation.

Criminal fraud is illegal and the perpetrator will face prosecution from local authorities except if the case becomes federal. Criminal fraud usually involves witnesses, evidence, and processes that may bring the trial to the news. An example is hacker Paige Thompson who gained access to 100 million Capital One credit card applications and accounts and tried to share the information online. The prosecuting lawyer has to present an argument that the defendant is guilty of the illegal fraudulent behaviour while the defendant’s lawyer will prove that the defendant is not guilty of committing criminal fraud. He can also claim that the fraudulent behaviour is not as serious as what the prosecutor says.

While criminal fraud requires restitution or repayment of any stolen money, determining liability can be a complex matter. A judge can impose additional compensation based on egregious pain and suffering including punitive damages. In fraud, injury is usually monetary.

It is important to call if you are accused of either criminal or civil fraud. The lawyer can refute the charges or defend you against the need to pay through liability or compensation concerns. A criminal defence lawyer also needs to challenge the charges or enter into a plea-bargaining agreement.

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