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Tampa Fraud Defense Lawyer

White collar crimes like fraud receive considerable public attention. Many Florida prosecutors enjoy bringing high-profile charges against business executives and professionals as a way of showing they are “tough on crime.” Fraud is a tricky charge for prosecutors to prove, however. Some lack the evidence to fairly obtain a conviction, but they are counting on defendants to not understand the evidentiary weaknesses. At O’Mara Law Group, our Tampa fraud defense lawyers are prepared to hold prosecutors to their burden of proof and fight for favorable outcomes. Please contact us now.

Fraud in Florida

Legally, fraud consists of the use of deception to obtain money, property, or services. There are many types of fraud. Some rely on stolen credit cards, identity theft, or misrepresentations.

Fraud is both a federal and a state crime. A fraudulent scheme can be as simple as trying to cash a forged check and as complex as spearheading a money laundering operation involving hundreds of people. Some people are unaware that they are part of a fraudulent scheme until the police show up on their door and they are led away in handcuffs.

Our Tampa fraud defense attorneys have experience defending people accused of:

  • Mail fraud
  • Wire fraud
  • Health care fraud
  • Securities fraud
  • Insurance fraud
  • Embezzlement
  • Identity theft
  • Mortgage fraud

Increasingly, fraudulent conduct crosses state and international borders. No matter how large or small the alleged fraudulent scheme, we encourage all defendants to quickly contact an attorney.

Fraud carries stiff penalties. Anyone convicted of fraud in Florida can face decades in prison, along with huge fines. Felony convictions follow people for the remainder of their lives and often create problems going forward when trying to secure a job or apartment.

Defenses to Fraud Charges

Our legal team carefully reviews the criminal charges and the evidence the government has in its possession. We use our experience to mount the best defense that will help our clients.

The exact defense that works best will depend on the charges our clients face. However, we can often argue that the prosecutor does not have sufficient evidence to prove each element beyond a reasonable doubt. This is a tough standard, and some prosecutors bluff that their evidence is stronger than it is.

With most fraud charges, a defendant cannot be convicted unless he or she knowingly acted deceptively. For example, some defendants lack awareness that the statements they make were fraudulent or incomplete. In other cases, the statements made are actually truthful.

The government also must follow the state and federal constitution when gathering evidence. Interrogating someone without reading them their Miranda rights, for example, can result in evidence being thrown out of court.

Speak with a Tampa Fraud Defense Attorney

O’Mara Law Group has distinguished itself with its powerful advocacy on behalf of its clients. For nearly three decades, we have represented clients in criminal charges in Tampa and surrounding areas. Never let one simple mistake ruin the rest of your life. Please contact us today by calling or sending an online message.

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