On its own, dishonesty is not a criminal offense in Arizona. However, lying for one’s own financial or personal gain at someone else’s expense may constitute an act of criminal fraud. There are various types of fraud under state law, all of which can result in serious criminal consequences if you are convicted.
However, there are also several core elements that must be present for a fraud allegation to stand in court. At Grand Canyon Law Group, a Mesa fraud lawyer can mitigate the penalties you face by proving that one or more of those elements is not present in your case. Our defense attorneys understand the nature of these charges and can ensure your legal rights are protected throughout the process.
Under Arizona Revised Statutes §13-2310, knowingly benefitting from any “scheme or artifice to defraud” that involves “false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, promises or material omissions” is a class 2 felony. However, rather than grouping all forms of fraudulent behavior under a single statute, Arizona state law defines separate offenses based on the specific actions involved.
For example, A.R.S. 13-2101 specifically addresses credit card fraud, while A.R.S. 13-2201 deals with fraud that occurs in business and/or commercial contexts. Additionally, A.R.S. 13-3701 criminalizes a few other unique forms of fraud offenses, which a knowledgeable attorney at our firm can further explain.
Depending on the particular charges, our local fraud attorneys can advise on using different defense strategies. The legal team at Grand Canyon Law Group is experienced in defending against allegations of any of the following types of fraud:
In order to convict someone of a fraud offense, prosecutors must prove all the requisite elements of criminal fraud. Specifically, they must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that:
If any of these elements is not present in a case, the fraud charges may not be valid. For example, if a defendant made money by telling another person something untrue, they would be convicted of fraud if a jury believes that they genuinely believed they were providing accurate information. The fraud lawyers at our Mesa office can help determine the best possible defense strategy for your particular situation to mitigate or avoid potential penalties.
Fraud can be a complicated criminal offense to understand and even more difficult to fight effectively in court. You could face steep fines and years in prison for a fraud allegation based on someone’s suspicion that you lied for your own gain.
Fortunately, there are also multiple defenses available for these types of charges, which the attorneys at Grand Canyon Law Group are skilled at using against the prosecution. No matter the specific charges against you, a Mesa fraud lawyer can work to defend your way of life. Call today to learn more about your legal options.