The crime of Fraud is generally defined as the unlawful taking of something through misrepresentation, by unlawfully concealing information, or other engaging in other fraudulent conduct. Fraud can take different many different forms, such as financial fraud, identity theft, credit card fraud and insurance fraud, among many others.
Fraud may be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony depending on the type of alleged fraud and the facts and circumstances of the case. Punishments for fraud may include supervised or unsupervised probation, fines and, in more serious forgery cases, jail time.
Fraud is commonly referred to as a “white collar crime,” which also includes crimes such as forgery and embezzlement, among other crimes. “White Collar Crime” defense is a specialized area of criminal law, and anyone charged with fraud or a similar offense should retain a criminal defense attorney with significant experience defending individuals against such allegations. A vigorous defense often requires a comprehensive understanding of complex financial records and business transactions.
The Weinrieb Law Firm vigorously defends individuals charged with fraud and other white collar crimes. People are often wrongfully accused of fraud based on false allegations, their participation in a complex but legal financial transaction, or simply poor record keeping which is not criminal. The Weinrieb Law Firm always evaluates every potential defense to any type of fraud charge in order to vigorously protect our clients’ rights.