West Palm Beach Fraud Defense Attorney
Depending upon the amount taken, fraud charges can have very serious consequences in Florida:
• Theft of $300 to $20,000 by fraud is a third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in jail and a $5,000 fine
•Theft of $20,000 to $100,000 by fraud is a second-degree felony, punishable up to 15 years in jail and a $10,000 fine.
•Theft of more than $100,000 by fraud is a first-degree felony, punishable by up to 30 years and a $10,000 fine.
At the law firm of Andrew D. Stine, P.A., in West Palm Beach, we have extensive experience representing people charged with fraud crimes, including mortgage fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, securities fraud, tax evasion, insider trading, theft by fraudulent means, writing bad checks, and organized schemes to defraud.
In Florida, most fraud changes involve the Economic Crimes Division (ECD) putting together a great amount of evidence for presentation before a grand jury. The best way to resolve these cases is for your lawyer to have a good working relationship with the prosecutor and to try to avoid any serious consequences by paying restitution. In Florida, restitution outweighs incarceration, so if your lawyer can persuade the victim to drop charges in favor of receiving their money back, you can usually avoid a conviction.
If you did not commit the fraud crime, we can prepare an aggressive defense and force the state to prove its case. In many cases, that can be a difficult thing for the state to do.
Free consultation 24/7: Call West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer Andrew D. Stine, P.A. at (561) 832-1170. Se habla español.