Richmond Fraud Attorneys
Dedicated, Proven & Experienced Criminal Defense
What is fraud? Fraud is commonly defined as intentional dishonesty used
by a person or entity to take advantage of another for personal gain.
Someone guilty of fraud is usually trying to obtain money or put himself
/ herself in a better position. If you have been accused of such a crime,
you need a
criminal lawyer in Richmond behind your case as soon as possible. Reach out to Carlson & Collier
for the support you deserve.
Fraud Charges in the Commonwealth of Virginia
There are many types of fraud, including
prescription medical fraud and credit card fraud. Some are prosecuted as criminal while others are
pursued civilly. A criminal fraud charge — depending on the type
of fraud committed, the seriousness of the fraud, and any past criminal
record — may result in a felony conviction with jail time. If you
are up against these types of criminal charges, speak with a Richmond
criminal defense attorney from our firm.
In order for the prosecution to prove fraud they must show several facts.
- First there has to be a fraudulent (meaning false) statement of a material fact.
- There must be proof that the defendant knew the statement was false.
- Intention of the accused to deceive the injured party must also be proven.
- The alleged victim must have justifiable reliance about the statement given
by the defendant.
- Lastly, the prosecution must prove injury to the victim as a result of
the fraudulent act of the accused.
Credit Card Fraud: Laws & Penalties
One of the most common forms of fraud is
credit card fraud. This occurs when a person uses, buys, sells, takes, or forges someone
else's credit card or their card information. Often when caught, the
accused will have numerous cards with different names and information.
The accused is generally charged with one count per card in their possession.
Credit card fraud occurs frequently now due to so much personal information
being available through computers, mailboxes, and even a victim's
trash. This crime may be punished as a Class 5 or Class 6 felony, and
may result in 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine, depending on factors.
Help is Available 24/7 — Just a Phone Call Away
These and other theft offenses are laid out in the following Code of Virginia
Sections: 18.2-10 and 18.2-193-195. Our criminal defense lawyers in Richmond
are available 24/7, and we're ready to help you.
To learn more, or to request your
free consultation with a member of our team,
contact Carlson & Collier today.