What is Fraud?
Many people think of crime as something that always involves physical violence. However, some crimes that result in the loss of large sums of money involve no physical violence. Most of these types of crimes involve some kind of fraud, which is the intentional use of deceit, a trick or some dishonest means to deprive another person of his or her money, property, or legal right. It is sometimes called white-collar crime or crime in the suites. These crimes may result in a single individual or business losing a large amount of money, as in an embezzlement. Or they may result in a large number of people each losing a small amount of money, but collectively totaling up to a large sum.
Fraud is when one gets involved in a scheme to receive property or a benefit without a lawful claim to that property or benefit. Fraud charges are based upon the government’s belief that a person has either misrepresented themselves or in some other way secured access to a resource to which they are not entitled.
When the alleged fraud involves the use of interstate means of communication—such as the mail, telephones, fax, or the internet—federal authorities may get involved and issue charges under federal mail or wire fraud statutes. In any case, proving fraud can be complex. And defending against allegations of fraud often requires examining hundreds of documents or transcripts of communications.
At Lotze Mosley, LLP, we understand that it can be difficult to discern the difference between a good faith business transaction and an intentionally deceitful act. Information that everyone engaged in your business can reasonably be expected to understand does not always need to be explicitly disclosed or explained. Non-disclosure does not always equal deceit. We take the time to get to know you and your business in order to defend you against fraud charges that may not take into account the underlying nature of your business.
Lotze Mosley’s Experience with Fraud Crimes
Our firm has handled many cases in which individuals have been charged with fraud offenses. They include:
- Campaign finance
- Possession and/or procurement of fake identification
- Tax evasion
- Illegal check writing
Can I Avoid Jail Time after Committing Fraud?
It is possible to avoid jail time if you have committed a crime. Depending on where the charge is brought, there is a variety of resolutions that would not involve jail time.
In both D.C. and Maryland state courts, fraud cases are more readily resolved with probationary sentences. However, if a crime is prosecuted in federal court, it will be governed by the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which can be complex and factor in things such as prior criminal history.
The scope of the alleged fraud is also important. Furthermore, the harmed party is always taken into account when the prosecution seeks incarceration as part of the sentence for the defendant.
How Can I Prove My Innocence in a Fraud Case?
Consulting with an attorney prior to responding to any questions from an employer or institution affected by the crime is key. It is important to hire an attorney who is prepared to thoroughly investigate the case. Effective investigation in a fraud case requires a lot of things, such as gathering records, computer data, and surveillance footage. These things may be key to a defense, and securing an attorney who can access them is important.
If I Plead Guilty Will I Get a Lesser Sentence?
In cases where the government’s evidence makes the risk of going to trial too large, entering into a favorable plea agreement may be the best course of action. It is important to have an attorney that is persuasive and can paint your situation in the most favorable light possible to ensure a favorable resolution and plea agreement.
At Lotze Mosley, we use our skills, knowledge, and experience to ensure that we get the best possible result for our clients. Even if you have committed an offense, pleading guilty may not be the best course of action for your situation. Fraud cases are difficult for the government to prove, and it may be able to resolve your charge without pleading guilty.
Benefits of Calling Lotze Mosley LLP in Washington DC
Lotze Mosley, LLP provides excellent advocacy from the beginning of every case. We will aggressively investigate your case and rely on our years of good standing in the court community. We are well-respected by local attorneys, and we are able to negotiate favorable resolutions to cases. We are able to pursue trial when it is needed and secure positive jury verdicts when possible.
We cover all our bases, and we provide our clients with all the needed information to make an informed, intelligent decision about their case. We have full faith and confidence in our ability to investigate a case, know more about a case than the prosecutor and make an informed decision about whether or not a case should go to trial. Call us today for assistance with your fraud charges (202) 393-0535.
Call Our Fraud Defense Lawyers in Washington, D.C.
If you or your business has been targeted for investigation or prosecution of a fraud offense, you need criminal defense attorneys who understand you and your business as well as the law. Contact Lotze Mosley, LLP to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your situation as soon as you believe a criminal fraud investigation or prosecution is in the works.