Connecticut Criminal Fraud Defense Attorney
Fraud is a type of larceny. It differs from robbery, in that force or the threat of force is not involved. Instead, some form of deception is used to obtain property you do not have a right to. Examples of fraud include:
- Check forgery
- Unemployment fraud
- Tax fraud
- Welfare fraud
- Credit card fraud
- Wire fraud or mail fraud
I'm John Walkley, a fraud defense lawyer in Milford, Connecticut, serving people in New Haven by appointment. Generally, the value of the property taken by fraud determines the seriousness of the offense. Any theft of property valued at less than $1,000 by fraud is a misdemeanor. Theft of property valued at $1,000 or more is a felony offense. Any federal fraud charge (such as wire fraud and mail fraud) is a felony. In any serious fraud case, it is important for your attorney to find out what is involved in the allegations made by the government, and to get your view of what happened.
Most people charged with obtaining a small amount of property by fraud are not concerned about jail. However, they are concerned about having a conviction on their record and what effect that could have on their lives going forward.
Younger people applying for jobs are often asked on the application if they have been arrested or convicted of fraud. Most employers would be concerned about hiring someone who has been convicted for fraud. In addition, there are many occupations with licensing requirements for which you need a clear record.
An important element in any fraud case is why the crime was committed. If there was a reason, such as drug addiction or alcoholism, it may affect your sentence — and maybe you won't have to go to jail.
If you are a first-time offender, depending on the value of the property taken, we can often resolve fraud charges without you getting a criminal record. If you perform community service or make charitable donations, the prosecutor may be willing to drop the case.
For a free initial consultation, contact criminal fraud defense lawyer John Walkley.