Southaven Criminal Defense Attorneys Represent Clients Charged with Fraud
Experienced white collar defense attorneys in Southaven, Olive Branch and Hernando
Fraud is sort of an umbrella term for the many different forms of theft by deception. Whether the crime is accomplished by giving false information, such as with identity fraud, or through trickery such as scams such as securities fraud or healthcare fraud. It is important to note that simply being accused of a crime does not make you a criminal. If you have been accused of fraud or another white collar crime, your first step should be to hire a criminal defense attorney who understands the law and who will protect your rights.
The Southaven criminal defense attorneys at the law firm of Taylor Jones Taylor understand how frightening it can be to be caught up in a criminal investigation. The firm offers experienced legal guidance through every step of the process just as they have been doing for clients since 1964. With additional offices in Olive Branch and Hernando, clients can rest assured that there is always an attorney at hand to assist them.
Examples of different types of fraud
Fraud is considered a white collar crime because it does not involve theft by violence or force; rather the perpetrator gets their hands on the money by tricking or deceiving the owner. Come of the more common charges the firm handles include:
- Healthcare fraud
- Mail/wire fraud
- Computer/Internet fraud
- Credit card fraud
- Securities fraud
- Insurance fraud
- Bankruptcy fraud
- Investment fraud
In cases such as Internet/computer fraud, wire fraud and others that cross state lines, they can be prosecuted as federal crimes, which will be investigated by the FBI, tried in federal courts and carry federal penalties.
Penalties for various forms of fraud
Similar to other forms of white collar crime, the severity of the penalties for fraud in Mississippi depends on the amount of money stolen. If the alleged amount was less than $500, the crime will be prosecuted as a misdemeanor with a penalty of up to six months in jail and not more than a $1,000 fine. If the amount allegedly stolen was more than $500., the crime will be prosecuted as a felony with a jail term on not more than ten years and a fine of not more than $10,000.
Under federal sentencing guidelines, fraud charges can carry a penalty of more than 20 years in prison and massive fines. The length of prison term and the dollar amount of fines depends on the amount of money taken and other circumstances surrounding the action. There are circumstances that could call for enhancements in the severity of the penalties such as if the crime included credit card fraud, or an attempt to defraud the federal government as is the case with some kinds of healthcare fraud. Additional consequences include restitution that must be paid to the victim, the loss of certain rights, and the damage to a person’s reputation that can come with being convicted of a crime such as fraud.
Those who have been charged with fraud or any other white collar crime is facing some significant consequences. If convicted they will lose certain privileges and they will have a criminal record. The Southaven criminal defense team at the law firm of Taylor Jones Taylor has experience handling accusations of fraud for their clients. They know how to investigate the case and build an effective case on behalf of their clients. Wherever possible they will work to get your penalties reduced to help minimize the impact on your life, your reputation and your future.
Taylor Jones Taylor protects clients who have been accused of fraud
The Southaven criminal defense legal team at Taylor Jones Taylor has successfully defended clients accused of fraud and other white collar crimes throughout Mississippi. Please call and make an appointment at 662-342-1300 or fill out this contact form to discuss your case with an attorney in the Southaven, Hernando or Olive Branch office about your case. The firm’s attorneys will visit you or your loved one in jail or prison when applicable. How can we help you today?