There are many types of fraud and forgery offenses with which citizens can be charged in Washington, some of which are misdemeanors; others are felonies. The moment you suspect that you’re under investigation or have been charged with fraud, you’ll want to contact a criminal defense attorney for assistance. If you reside in Washington, you can call Daryl Graves Law, PLLC at 253-383-7777 for a one-on-one consultation with a fraud defense attorney.
Types of Fraud Charges in Washington
Fraud is an overarching term, which is defined as “a false representation of a matter of fact — whether by words or by conduct, by false or misleading allegations, or by concealment of what should have been disclosed — that deceives and is intended to deceive another so that the individual will act upon it to her or his legal injury.”
There are dozens of offenses that involve fraud or forgery. Below are a few examples.
- Check fraud
- Bankruptcy fraud
- Tax fraud
- Real estate fraud
- Credit card fraud
- Advance fee fraud
- Identity theft
- Insurance fraud
- Online fraud
- Medicaid, food stamps and welfare fraud
- Consumer fraud
- Corporate fraud
The potential penalties someone faces for fraud charges depend upon the type of fraud, the severity of the offense (misdemeanors to felonies) and the suspect’s criminal record. When you discuss your case with a lawyer, he or she can explain what type of offense your particular charges are considered and possible penalties.
Elements Necessary to Prove Fraud
In our practice, we have found that many fraud charges are simply unfounded or not legitimate. In order for the prosecutor to prove successfully that you are guilty of fraud, he or she has to produce evidence of the following five elements.
- You made a false statement of material fact.
- You knew the statement was untrue.
- You intended to deceive the alleged victim.
- The alleged victim’s statement is reliable.
- The alleged victim sustained injury (loss) as a result.
If the state cannot substantiate all the elements required, a suspect cannot be convicted.
Daryl Graves Law attorneys can help fight your charges.
Attorney Daryl Graves has been defending people who’ve been charged with crimes since 1979. Our firm is built on the premise that everyone needs and deserves a solid defense. Everyone makes mistakes; being charged with a crime does not mean you are guilty, nor does it mean you are a bad person.
We have the experience and skills to represent any type of criminal case, including fraud charges. There are several defenses we may utilize in a fraud case, such as insufficient evidence, lack of intent and entrapment. Each case is different. We will take the time to comb through the evidence, determine how best to approach the case and then diligently fight for the best outcome for you.
The quality of the firm you select as your defense truly can make or break your case. If you are in need of representation in Washington, you can consider Daryl Graves Law, PLLC your choice firm. Feel free to look at our attorneys’ profiles and our client testimonials. Our attorneys have superb industry rankings, impressive track records and the fervency needed to fight even the toughest criminal charges. We are also part of the Washington State Trial Lawyers’ Association, as well as the Bar Association.
Our firm sets itself apart from others not only with a lengthy, successful background, but also by demonstrating genuine compassion for our clients. Unlike other firms, you are never just a number at Daryl Graves Law. We will come to know your story and give you the understanding and caring counsel you deserve.
We offer a free consultation for all new clients. Call us today at 253-383-7777 and speak with one of our criminal fraud defense lawyers.