Fraud, as that term is used in the law, can take many forms and can involve any number of deceptive practices. If you attempt to obtain money or property through falsehoods, deception, or illegal means, you are likely committing fraud. Some common types of fraud include health care fraud, banking fraud, financial fraud, insurance fraud, credit card fraud, insider trading, Ponzi schemes, and welfare fraud, though this is by no means an exhaustive list.
Convictions for fraud can involve serious penalties, including heavy fines, restitution to the victims of the fraud, and prison sentences ranging from months to years. Fraud charges involving less than $5000 can result in a prison term of up to two years, while fraud involving more than $5000 is an indictable offence that may be punishable by incarceration for up to 14 years.
Fraud charges often involve very complex legal issues and voluminous evidence. For example, many fraud prosecutions involve multiple defendants and even multiple organizations or entities involved in an alleged scheme. Prosecutors often face challenges in obtaining and analyzing complicated financial and accounting records in order to build a convincing case, and also must prove intent to defraud.
If you have been charged with fraud, if you are under investigation for fraud, or if you suspect that you may be charged with fraud, retaining an experienced criminal defence lawyer at the earliest possible opportunity is essential to protecting your professional reputation, your finances, and your freedom. The sooner you seek legal advice, the better your chances of avoiding self-incrimination and achieving a favourable outcome. Even before charges are filed your lawyer can protect your rights by advising and representing you during questioning or interrogation by law enforcement or other authorities. In some cases, an experienced criminal defence lawyer may be able to help you avoid charges in the first place.
Since 1996, the law firm of Mitch Engel, Barrister & Solicitor has been providing clients throughout the Oshawa, Brampton, and Mississauga areas with top-level criminal defence representation, including the representation of individuals charged with fraud. Mitch focuses exclusively on criminal law and his extensive experience has given him excellent insight and strategic instincts about how to prepare and present the best possible defence in each unique case. His commitment to integrity, his passion and professionalism, and his excellent track record have earned him the respect of clients, colleagues, and courts throughout the Toronto area. A strong and zealous advocate, Mitch Engel stays available to his clients 24/7 and works on a block fee basis, meaning that his clients pay an initial retainer, which is then applied toward a fee for his services. He understands that his clients are making an investment in him, and works tirelessly to earn their trust and provide the advice and guidance they need. Call Mitch at (866) 761-7077 to get the legal advice you need to reclaim your life.