Fraud cases raise public anger as they often involve planned out conduct which was meant to deceive someone. This is different from violent offenses which can often be blamed an emotion or a lack of self control. Acts of fraud can result in misdemeanor, felony, or even federal charges. If you find yourself in such a situation then you face serious consequences which will harm your future. It is important that you contact an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. I am a Peoria criminal attorney who defends Illinois residents accused of fraud charges. Contact my office today to schedule an initial consultation.
Peoria defense attorney handling misdemeanor and felony fraud charges
There are many situations which can bring about fraud charges. These can include:
- Writing a check knowing that there are insufficient funds
- Bank fraud
- Committing a fraudulent wire transfer
- Mail fraud
- Running an insurance scam
- Cyber fraud
Depending on the circumstances, the amount of money taken, and the means used conduct can result in misdemeanor charges, a felony case, or charges in Federal Court. Penalties can include incarceration, fines, having to pay restitution, and the loss of professional licenses.
The first step in a felony case will be for the defendant to enter a plea of “guilty” or “not guilty.” Fraud cases are often brought on evidence which was collected in violation of the defendant’s Fourth or Fifth Amendment rights. Such violations include seizing records for the defendant’s computer, paper records being obtained without the necessary warrants, or statements having been taken in violation of the defendant’s Miranda rights. If evidence was obtained in violation of the U.S. Constitution then it is possible to request that the Court not allow such evidence to be admitted at trial. It is also possible to dispute the value of the property taken, or whether fraud actually occurred at all. Such matters are often complex, may involve the use of expert witnesses, and an experienced attorney should be retained.
I am a Peoria criminal defense lawyer defending against Illinois and federal fraud charges. I will use your initial consultation to gain an understanding of your situation and to help you understand what to expect from the process. I will quickly obtain police reports and other evidence and will determine whether a violation of your rights has occurred. I will file any necessary Motions to Suppress and law enforcement will be aggressively cross examined at the evidentiary hearing. Should your matter proceed to trial then I will retain any necessary experts and your rights will be protected throughout the process. I understand the impact this case can have on your future. If you need to speak with an attorney then contact my firm today.
In addition to Peoria, I service the cities of Bloomington, Eureka, Galesburg, Morton, Normal, Pekin, Springfield, and Washington. We also serve the counties of Fulton, Knox, LaSalle, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford. I also handle federal cases in Urbana.
Criminal defense lawyer providing quality representation to Peoria residents accused of fraud
If you are charged with fraud then you are facing imprisonment and harm to your future. It is important that you retain counsel who is experienced and provides quality representation. I am a former prosecutor with over twenty years of legal experience. I am familiar with the local legal system and I strive to provide a high level of service to my clients. I will quickly respond to phone calls and emails, I often give clients my cell phone number, and I make myself available to answer questions. My office is founded on the idea of providing people with respect and this is the approach in every case I handle.