It can be difficult to talk in an informed and helpful manner about “fraud,” as this is a broad term that encompasses a wide range of accusations and possible consequences. The important thing to understand, however, is that a fraud charge is quite serious.
At The Cochran Firm, our criminal defense lawyers have decades of experience representing defendants accused of fraud. This experience will prove vital, as fraud cases often turn on complicated questions of law and finance.
When you’re accused of any crime, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side. We will fight for you.
If you’ve accused of fraud or any other crime and want to speak to our criminal defense lawyers about your case, please call The Cochran Firm today at 1-800-843-3476 for a free consultation.
What is Fraud?
In the broadest terms, fraud is the knowing use of dishonesty and deception in order to achieve some sort of gain, usually (though not always) financial. It’s a common white collar crime charge filed by prosecutors.
Legal traditions from across the world have long recognized and attempted to punish fraud. However, examples of fraud have only proliferated as time has advanced. The Cochran Firm’s criminal defense lawyers have seen fraud charges arise out of cases involving:
- False promises involving insurance policies
- False promises involving banking institutions
- Securities and stock market fraud
- Writing fake checks
- Using the federal mail system to perpetrate a fraud
This is far from an exhaustive list, but it makes the point clear: “fraud” can mean just about anything involving deception and money. If you’re accused of a crime involving some sort of financial aspect, there’s a good chance fraud will be one of the charges.
Consequences of a Fraud Charge
The severity of a sentence for fraud is dependent on a number of factors, including the extent of the alleged crime and the temperament of the prosecuting attorney. In just about every fraud case a significant fine will be part of the sentence. And meaningful jail time is also a real possibility.
There are also civil cases related to many fraud charges.
The Cochran Firm’s criminal defense lawyers are equipped to provide you with vigorous legal representation throughout the process. We understand fraud cases, know how to investigate them and realize their seriousness.
We will make sure you get a fair trial where your defense is heard and respected. At every step of the legal process, we will be fighting for your rights.
If you want a criminal defense lawyer with experience handling fraud cases, please contact The Cochran Firm today.