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Fraud

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Have You Been Charged With Fraud in Minnesota?

Fraud involving theft by swindle, credits cards and bad checks is the act of using these items in order to unlawfully obtain goods, services, or money. Both credit card fraud and the writing of bad checks have several types of fraud that can occur and there are certain penalties to be had. Some are more severe than others.

Credit Card Fraud

Minnesota credit card fraud is a felony regardless of the amount charged. Usually it occurs when a person uses another person’s credit card without permission or authority to do so.

Worthless Checks

Worthless checks are checks written by the maker knowing full well that there are not funds sufficient to make the check good, or writing checks against a closed or non-existent account.

Theft by Swindle

Theft by Swindle takes many forms. A common form is presenting a presenting forged document in order to obtain money, credit or property. The amount of the swindle determines the level of offense and the punishment.

If you are being charged with theft in Minneapolis, please contact our experienced criminal attorney.

The Penalties

The penalties for these offenses can be severe and the consequences of a conviction just a bad. Having a permanent criminal record for these offenses may prevent you from obtaining meaningful of employment, obtaining a professional license or keeping a professional license. Prison or jail time depend on the severity of the crime. Here is an idea of what can be expected in the case of credit card fraud and worthless checks in Minnesota:

  • If the amount is more than $1,000, $10,000 in fines and up to 5 years in prison is the penalty.
  • For less than $1000, but more than $500, the penalty is $3,000 in fines and up to one year in jail.
  • For amounts less than $500, the penalty is $1,000 in fines and up to 90 days in jail.

Theft Defense Lawyer Minneapolis

If you have been charged with a Fraud related offense you need an aggressive, trusted, honest, knowledgeable attorney; Martin S. Azarian Criminal Defense, P.A. The Law Firm of Martin S. Azarian Criminal Defense, P.A. brings 22 years of experience to your case, seventeen years in Minnesota.

What you need is aggressive representation that can achieve the best possible outcome for you. You need proper representation, so call the Minneapolis criminal lawyer who cares about your case by calling our office at (612) 343-9000 or call 24 hours a day at (952) 451-4987 for a free initial telephone consultation



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