FRAUD DEFENSE LAWYERS/
Our Columbia, SC, fraud defense lawyers handle cases for defendants facing a variety of criminal fraud charges. What is criminal fraud? Simply put, it is when a person wrongfully deceives another person or an organization for illicit financial gain.
Fraud is taken very seriously in South Carolina. People who are found guilty of committing fraud may face significant jail time, fines, job loss, reputation damage and other consequences that can follow them for the rest of their lives.
Turn to Our Columbia, SC, Fraud Defense Lawyers/
The Leventis Law Firm understands that fraud isn’t always intentional. Shoddy record keeping, poor memory and a variety of other things can cause honest people to inadvertently commit fraud. Our fraud defense attorneys also know that sometimes people take desperate measures when faced with financial hardship. In any case, when facing a fraud charge, it’s in your best interest to look for an experienced fraud defense attorney who will seek to have your charges dismissed or reduced.
Our firm has a track record of success in defending the rights of people accused of fraud in South Carolina. Contact us by calling (803) 256-0113 or filling out our online form.
Types of Fraud
Fraud can be directed at individuals or at banks or other institutions. Types of criminal fraud include:
- Credit card fraud
- Insurance fraud
- Healthcare fraud
- Identity fraud
- Check fraud
- Securities fraud
- Internet fraud
- Mail fraud
- Tax fraud.
To be convicted for fraud, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you knew what you were doing and intentionally intended to deceive. An experienced fraud attorney has the legal knowledge necessary to review all the evidence and develop a defense casting doubt on your intent. Call (803) 256-0113 for more information.
- How severe are penalties for fraud in South Carolina?
The penalties you may face if convicted of fraud in South Carolina depend upon whether you are charged with felony or misdemeanor fraud, the specific type of fraud, whether you have been convicted of similar crimes and more.
Here are a few examples of different types of fraud and their penalties:
- Identify theft fraud occurs when someone steals another person’s identity and applies for credit cards and loans or otherwise uses the person’s identity for their own gain. Identity theft is a federal crime. People found guilty of crimes related to identity theft may face up to 30 years in prison, depending upon the specific circumstances and associated crimes.
- Mail fraud involves using the mail to commit a type of fraud. For example, if someone mails contracts or other documentation that involved a fraudulent deal, they may be charged with mail fraud. If this documentation is mailed outside of the original state, it may be a federal offense rather than a state charge. People convicted of mail fraud may be punished by penalties of up to 30 years in jail and a $1 million fine, depending upon the circumstances.
- Check fraud charges can be brought if you write a bad check to someone with the intent to defraud. The penalties for check fraud rise depending upon whether it is your first offense and the amount of the check itself. For a first offense bad check writing charge for a check of $1,000 or less, you face a fine of up to $500 and up to 30 days in jail.
You can see that fraud penalties can be severe. If you are charged with fraud, an attorney who is experienced in handling fraud cases can examine the circumstances of your case to determine how to achieve the best outcome for you, including the most lenient penalty possible.
- What happens after I’m charged with fraud?
If you are charged with fraud, it’s important to seek out the help of a skilled Columbia, SC fraud defense attorney. Fraud is a very complex area of the law that is made even more complex by jurisdictional differences. Many fraud cases, such as identity theft, bank fraud, interstate fraud and other cases, rise to federal offenses, while others are state offenses. If you are charged with fraud, your attorney will look at all the unique facts of your case and determine the best defense. Possible defenses in fraud cases include an absence of intent to commit fraud, insufficient evidence and more.
- Will my fraud case go to trial?
In some cases, especially if it is a first-time offense, fraud charges may be lessened or dropped before trial if you repay, or make “restitution” to, the person or entity you defrauded. In other cases, if there is not enough evidence, your attorney may be able to convince the prosecutor of that before trial and the case may be dropped.
- How much does a fraud defense lawyer cost?
Attorney costs vary. There are a few common factors, however, that figure into what fraud attorneys charge. Generally, the more complex a fraud case is, the more time a lawyer will have to spend on it and the more the attorney will charge. An attorney’s experience and track record of successful outcomes in handling criminal defense cases is also a factor. Many criminal defense law firms offer free initial consultations where your case will be evaluated, and costs discussed. It is a wise idea to seek a firm that offers a free upfront consultation.
Contact a Columbia, SC Fraud Defense Attorney Today
If you’ve been charged with fraud, the Leventis Law Firm in Columbia will work diligently to protect your rights and best interests. We bring our deep commitment and skill to defending our clients in the most serious and complex criminal fraud cases. Contact us today at (803) 256-0113 or online for a free initial consultation to learn how we can help.