Fraud is one of the most complicated areas of the law, partly because in many cases, proving fraud requires the state to prove that the behavior was intentionally fraudulent. In other words, in many cases, an act that might be considered fraud if it was done on purpose may not be considered fraud if done by accident, so the state not only has to prove that an act was committed, but that the act was intentional as well. Nevertheless, while the burden of proof is, as with any felony offense, on the state, fraud charges are very serious criminal charges that carry the potential for long-lasting consequences. Don’t let fraud charges ruin your life: if you have been charged with fraud, or if you believe that you will be charged with fraud, contact an experienced Denver criminal defense attorney immediately to ensure that your rights are protected.
In general, fraud is the use of deception to acquire money or something of value. In many cases, fraud crimes involve the abuse of money that had been entrusted to the person committing the fraud. Fraud covers a broad range of crimes including:
- Check fraud
- Operating a business under a false name
- Accepting government benefits that one is not entitled to
- Identity theft
- Insurance fraud
- Tax fraud
- Mail Fraud
Fraud charges range in severity under Colorado Revised Statues from misdemeanors to Class 2 felonies, which carry with them the possibility of as much as 48 years in prison, depending on the circumstances.
If you have been charged with fraud, or if you believe that you will be charged with fraud, consult with a dedicated Colorado fraud defense attorney immediately, before you speak to police. Don’t let fraud charges ruin your life. John Fuller is an experienced Colorado fraud defense attorney who can protect your legal rights with the police, negotiate with prosecutors to have charges dropped, and stand with you in the event of a trial. No one has to stand alone when charged with a crime; for more information and a FREE CONSULTATION, contact John R. Fuller, PC today to discuss your options.