If you are charged with fraud in Florida, you could face felony charges, prison time, and a permanent criminal record, depending on the type of fraud and the amount of money or property involved. You could also have to pay restitution to those you allegedly defrauded.
With heightened awareness of fraud crimes in Florida in recent years, law enforcement agencies and the courts are becoming much more intent on arresting and convicting people charged with fraud. Understanding the charges can be helpful in assessing your specific situation. Working with an experienced Florida theft charges attorney on your defense is, however, the best way to protect your rights and your future.
What Constitutes Fraud?
There are many different types of fraud, but they all share certain elements. In fraud cases, the prosecution has to show that beyond a reasonable doubt these elements existed:
- You intentionally made a false statement of material fact.
- A person or entity was harmed because of the false statement of material fact.
- The person or entity had reason to believe your statement.
- You intended to scam the person or entity out of property or money.
Types of Fraud
Common types of fraud involve forgery, bribery, fraudulent credit or debit card use, and insurance claim fraud. Other types include misleading and false advertisements, selling used goods as if they are new, making false statements to merchants about your financial condition, making false entries on the books of a corporation, falsifying a motor vehicle insurance application or proof of insurance, and many other specific acts involving false statements and intentional scamming.
A Strong Defense Against Fraud Charges
If you’ve been accused of fraud, you need an experienced defense attorney who will listen to your side of the story and build a strong case showing that your conduct was not as severe as the prosecution believes.
Attorney Jonathan Rose has the experience and expertise you need to find a solution for your current situation and help protect your future.
Call 407-894-4555 or submit our online form to tell us what happened and get the help you need during this difficult time.