Fight Charges with a Minnesota Fraud Lawyer
Fraud is a serious crime, and if you are facing fraud charges or are under investigation for fraud, you need to take immediate action to protect your rights, your life, and your good name.
In order to be charged with a fraud offense, it must be shown that you have used lies, falsehoods, deception, or dishonesty to try to gain some kind of benefit. In Minnesota, you can be convicted of fraud if these elements can be proven:
- An individual or organization knowingly misrepresented a material fact
- The misrepresentation of the material fact is believed to be true
- The misrepresentation of the material fact was intended for someone to act on it
- A victim suffered a loss as a result of believing this false information
Because the guidelines for fraud are so broad, there are numerous categories and types of fraud covered under Minnesota state and federal law. Fraud can also be included in many theft and white collar crimes as well.
Although fraud isn’t a violent crime, fraud charges can carry severe penalties depending on the circumstances of your case, the amount of monetary loss or injury caused, and your criminal history. The penalties for fraud can be expensive fines, restitution to the victims, probation, and lengthy prison sentences for each violation. For example, insurance fraud penalties can include a fine of up to $100,000 and up to 20 years in jail. And, of course, there is the damage that such charges do to your reputation, and the repercussions of having a criminal record.
Prosecutors and law enforcement officers can spend months or years investigating suspected fraud offenders, which is why you need to contact an experienced Minnesota criminal defense attorney as soon as you learn of an investigation or are charged with fraud. The only way to beat a strong case against you is with a stronger defense. And the only way to get a strong defense is to reach out to the right fraud lawyer as soon as possible.
As a Minnesota fraud crimes attorney, Christopher Keyser has a proven track record of success when it comes to defending clients just like you. With his comprehensive knowledge and experience of Minnesota laws, Mr. Keyser can listen to the facts of your case and offer an honest assessment of both your charges and the options available to you moving forward.
Mr. Keyser will work tirelessly to build an aggressive defense to give you the highest likelihood of getting your charges reduced, dropped, or dismissed. If you are still under investigation, Mr. Keyser will do everything in his power to stop the investigation in its tracks so that charges are never filed. When it comes to fraud, both your life and your good name are at stake, and you should fight to protect them at all costs.
Understand Your Fraud Charges with a Knowledgeable Minnesota Defense Attorney
Not only do fraud charges encompass a wide range of crimes, but the laws are often confusing and complex. Here are some of the most common fraud crimes in Minnesota:
Credit card fraud. You can be charged with credit card fraud if you wrongly use, obtain, or falsify a credit card, debit card, or information from a credit or debit card.
Check fraud. Check fraud happens when a person uses a bad or counterfeit check to pay for goods or services without actually paying for them.
Mail fraud. Mail fraud occurs when you use the United States Postal Service or another nationwide mail carrier to defraud.
Insurance fraud. You can be charged with insurance fraud if you lie or make overstated insurance claims in order to receive compensation for injuries or losses that never happened or if you are the insurer and you knowingly deny a legitimate benefit.
Wire fraud. Wire fraud happens when you use a telephone, computer, some kind of electronic communication device, or the internet to commit an act of fraud.
Identity theft. You can be charged with identity theft if you use someone else’s personal information – Social Security Number, bank account, name, credit card number – to defraud for benefits and financial advantages.
Counterfeiting. You can be charged with counterfeiting if you produce or possess counterfeit money, goods, or documents such as driver’s licenses, identification cards, or birth certificates.
You can also be charged with fraudulent statements, state lottery fraud, medical assistance fraud, residential mortgage fraud, telecommunications and information services fraud, and a plethora of other fraud offenses.
Depending on the circumstances surrounding the offense, fraud can be a state crime, a federal crime, or both. That means that you can be charged with a Minnesota state fraud crime, and if you are also violating federal laws, you can be charged with a federal crime at the same time.
This is why you need the help of a skilled fraud attorney who understands the ins and outs of Minnesota state and federal law. Christopher Keyser will be able to protect your rights in and out of the courtroom regardless of who you are or what fraud charge you are facing.
Fraud Lawyer Christopher Keyser Can Help You Beat Your Minnesota Fraud Charge
Dealing with fraud charges can be a stressful and overwhelming time, but don’t let your emotions cloud your judgment when it comes to hiring someone to represent you. To increase your chances of getting your charges reduced, dropped, or dismissed, you need an experienced criminal lawyer by your side who you can trust.
Christopher Keyser has been successfully defending clients all over Minnesota for years. He is regarded by his peers and the legal community as a talented and dedicated defense attorney who will stop at nothing to aggressively defend his clients and ensure that their rights are respected and protected every step of the way.
Mr. Keyser has been recognized for his accomplishments by being named a Top 40 Under 40 Attorney (2013-2015), a Top 100 Trial Lawyer (2013-2015), and a Minnesota SuperLawyers Rising Star (2014-2015). More importantly, he has a 5-star client review rating on Avvo and has received Client’s Choice Awards every year since 2010.
But while he is proud of the honors and accolades he has received, Mr. Keyser is most proud of his case results and his satisfied clients who recognize his skill, compassion, and honesty.
Want to see what Christopher Keyser can do for you? Reach out to Keyser Law today to set up a free initial consultation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling his cell phone at 612-281-8325, or contacting either Minnesota office: