Jefferson Parish Fraud Lawyer
Generally speaking, fraud is considered a crime of dishonesty. Fraud is also usually classified as a white collar crime, as it does not cause physical harm or death to another person. Still, being convicted of fraud will have far-reaching consequences, therefore it is critical that you speak to our lawyer. A fraud conviction will not only result in criminal penalties such as prison sentences and high fines, but it could also hurt your reputation and limit business and academic opportunities.
How is Fraud Defined in Jefferson Parish?
In Jefferson Parish, as throughout the rest of Louisiana, fraud is defined as a misrepresentation or suppression of the truth. In order to be convicted of fraud, one must have the intent to obtain an unfair advantage for themselves, or to cause inconvenience or loss to another person. Fraud does not require a direct action. Even failing to take action or remaining silent can constitute fraud. Some of the most common ways fraud occurs are as follows:
- Negligent misrepresentation: Negligent misrepresentation occurs when a person asserts that a fact is true when they have no reason to believe that it is.
- Intentional misrepresentation: Intentional misrepresentation is similar to negligent misrepresentation. The difference is that when a misrepresentation is intentional, the person who asserts a fact is true knows that it is not.
- Concealment: Concealment occurs when a person suppresses a fact with the intent of misleading someone else.
- False promise: Fraud through false promise occurs when a person makes a promise to another person with no intention of following through on it.
Common Types of Fraud We Can Help With
Our law office can help with many different types of fraud. Some of the most common cases include:
- Credit card fraud
- Medicare/Medicaid fraud
- Insurance fraud
- Tax fraud
- Banking fraud
- Mail and wire fraud
- Mortgage fraud
If you have been charged with any of the above offenses, it is critical that you speak to our Jefferson Parish fraud lawyer. Our lawyer is well-versed in state and federal law, and either may apply to your case. Many types of fraud, such as Medicare or Medicaid fraud and mail fraud often involve federal law and so, it is important that you work with a lawyer who understands these statutes. Our seasoned attorney has the experience you need.
Defenses to Fraud Charges
Like any criminal offense, being charged with fraud is very scary. Fortunately, there are defenses available. The most common of these are as follows:
- Lack of intent: As with most other criminal charges, a fraud conviction requires the prosecution to show that you had intent.
- Duress: If you were forced or coerced into committing fraud, that can serve as a defense.
- A violation of your rights: If fraud was detected due to an illegal search or seizure, or you were arrested and in police custody and were not read your Miranda rights, certain statements you made may be thrown out.
Contact Our Fraud Lawyer in Jefferson Parish
If you have been charged or arrested, our Jefferson Parish fraud lawyer can speak with you today about your case. Do not hesitate to call or text us at 504-370-9233 or chat with us online to schedule a free consultation with our experienced attorney and to learn more about how we can help.