Philadelphia Fraud Lawyer
Being accused of fraud is a highly-stressful experience. Regardless of the type of fraud alleged against you, a conviction can result in serious consequences ranging from jail time to fines, and more. Fraud is considered a white-collar crime; these are generally nonviolent crimes that are committed for financial gain or benefits. They are generally based on misrepresentation or deception. Even though they typically are not done through violence or the use of deadly weapons, they carry up to 20 years in prison, along with fines. Convictions also leave you with a permanent criminal record as well as a reputation for dishonesty that can severely hamper future opportunities, from employment to financing aid eligibility.
The Nenner Law Firm counsels individuals prior to indictment or arrest and advocates zealously with authorities to stave off an indictment altogether if you are merely a “target” in the investigation. In many situations, simply answering investigators’ questions and clarifying the source of suspicion may avoid indictments; what may seem like a deceptive business practice, for instance, may actually be the product of fluctuating market conditions or an honest mistake. However, talking to investigators is best done through your attorney. Answering law enforcement questions without representation can lead to mistakes that can later be used against you.
Under investigation or accused of fraud at the state or federal level? Contact The Nenner Law Firm to request a free initial consultation with a Philadelphia fraud attorney at (215) 515-0042. Hablamos español. Available 24/7.
Fraud Charges in Philadelphia & Surrounding Counties
Fraud can be charged at both the state and federal levels. Conviction rates in federal cases in Pennsylvania are higher than in state courts and often involve harsher penalties. Federal investigators are extremely thorough in developing their cases and may take months or even years to indict a suspect. Because the state and federal systems retain dual sovereignty over these cases, an accused may even be tried twice. For this reason, it is crucial you retain an experienced and skilled attorney if you have been charged with allegations of fraud.
Many types of fraud exist under state and federal laws, including but not limited to:
- Mortgage Fraud
- Welfare Fraud
- Securities Fraud
- Healthcare fraud
- Mail Fraud
- Accounting fraud
- Computer Fraud
- Credit Card Fraud
- Bank Fraud
- Tax Fraud and Evasion
- Identity Theft
- Insurance Fraud
- Bankruptcy Fraud
- Wire Fraud
- Passing Bad Checks
- Investment Fraud, such as Ponzi Schemes
Penalties for fraud generally depend on the amount of money or the value of whatever items were taken from victims. This means that the higher the value of what was stolen, the steeper the penalties. Penalties can range from those of a summary offense punishable by up to 90 days in jail and $300 fines up to first-degree felonies carrying up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $25,000, with everything in between.
It is vital to understand your rights, the applicable laws, and what can be done in your defense in any state or federal fraud charges. Our firm has substantial experience litigating in state and federal courts. Regarding federal charges, we have a proficient understanding of the Federal Rules of Evidence and Sentencing Guidelines. As most cases require negotiation of these guidelines, we are best equipped to represent your interests both in and outside of court.
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