Theft & Fraud
Theft and fraud are considered crimes of dishonesty. As such they are often looked upon with greater disfavor than other offenses in the same range of punishment. Further, individuals with careers in the retail or service industry may encounter a disproportionate level of difficulty gaining employment in these fields with a theft or fraud conviction on their record. Our law firm is experienced in defending people charged with these types of offenses.
There are a number of different factors that can influence the severity of a theft or fraud case. In general, the penalty range is greater when higher money values are involved. Other variables can include the manner which the alleged act was committed. For instance, was this a random act or was the accused an employee or family member of the complaining witness? Was this a momentary lapse in judgment or a well-planned scheme? Was the accused acting alone or as part of a larger conspiracy? The answers to these questions can mean the difference between a low level offense punishable by fine only and a serious felony carrying the possibility of decades in prison if convicted. When certain circumstances are present, such as interstate or international transactions, a theft or fraud offense can even be prosecuted at the federal level.
With the help of our law firm’s experienced criminal defense attorneys it is often possible to avoid the worst of the potential outcomes a person facing this type of charge will encounter. For first time offenders or cases involving low dollar amounts there are often avenues available to avoid a final conviction, and even secure an outright dismissal of the charges in some circumstances. This can sometimes be true for more serious cases as well if the defendant does not have a significant criminal history.
Under the laws of our state and our country an accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. In each case we investigate the allegations and advise you regarding your rights and legal options. If necessary our experienced trial attorneys will present your case before a judge and jury to argue for your acquittal. When your honor and reputation are at stake the attorneys at Fears Nachawati can help. Please contact our office today.