Depending on what type of crime you allegedly committed, you could be charged with either a summary or indictable fraud charges. Having skilled legal representation will help you receive a lesser sentence, or your fraud charge may even be dismissed altogether.
It is important that you hire a lawyer to handle your fraud case, because being convicted of fraud could lead to jail, a significant fine, or permanent damage to your record. The Law Office of Kalina & Tejpal has the skill, experience knowledge and expertise to help you.
What is Fraud?
If you have deceived someone, with the intent to receive financial or personal gain, this act is considered wrong – and criminal. Fraud could range from failing to deliver a product or a service, internet fraud, stealing someone’s identity, falsifying invoice, writing a cheque on a closed account and more.
Types of Defenses for Fraud Charges:
- Non-Fraudulent Statement – Statements must relate to existing facts, not about promises to do something in the future. Mere expressions of opinion cannot be considered acts of fraud.
- Insufficient Evidence – The prosecution will have to prove fraud was actually committed. If they fail to do so, a jury will not be able to find you guilty without a reasonable doubt, or the judge may dismiss the case.
- Entrapment – If an innocent person was compelled to commit a crime, this is considered entrapment.
- Absence of Intent to Commit a Crime – The intent to deceive will have to be proven. A person who accidentally uses a friend’s insurance card is not the same as a person who intentionally used a friend’s insurance card.