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What exactly is the crime of Fraud?

The term "fraud" covers a multitude of different charges in Florida. The element that the all these crimes have in common is that they involve some activity that is dishonest and aims at taking money or property from someone. With the use of electronic communications and the internet, a lot of individuals are having their identities stolen and others opening up credit cards or other things in their name. This is a fraud charge known has "fraudulent use of personal identification information" in Florida. Other fraud charges include forgery, writing a worthless check, credit card fraud, scheming to defraud, unemployment fraud, insurance fraud, and extortion.

What are the possible consequences?

Like property crimes, the severity of the charge will often depend on the amount of money or value of property alleged stolen. A unique charge is credit card fraud: the severity of credit card fraud depends on the amount alleged to have been charged fraudulently on a credit card OR how many times it was allegedly used in a specific period of time. Also, the severity of a fraud charge may change depending on the number of people who were allegedly defrauded. Unfortunately, for someone charged with a fraud crime, all but certain worthless check and credit card fraud crimes are felonies. Florida has also set a 3 year minimum mandatory prison sentence on fraudulent use of personal identification if the amount obtained was greater than $5000 dollars. In most cases, the State will likely be seeking restitution for any alleged ill-gotten gains as a result of a conviction on a fraud charge.

What can Soler & Slack, P.A. do to help you?

Fraud charges are generally very complex and the law is quite complicated. The attorneys at Soler & Slack, P.A. are familiar with these charges and are able to ensure that you are aggressively represented. Fraud crimes generally involve large amounts of paperwork and document review time. We know what paperwork is relevant, and we know what to look for in the documents, to launch the best and most thorough defense.

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