Defending Fraud Charges
The Criminal Code of Canada states: “Everyone who, by deceit, falsehood or other fraudulent means, whether or not it is a false pretense within the meaning of this Act, defrauds the public or any person, whether ascertained or not, of any property, money or valuable security or any service.” Fraud charges are seriously prosecuted in Canada. It involves acts that cause financial or other property loss. An important element in fraud charges is committing fraud “willingly and knowing” to gain personal benefit. This type of offense is categorized into two types- fraud over $5,000 and fraud under $5,000. The consequence of getting convicted in a fraud case depends on the amount of money or the value of the property loss involved.
At Kahlon Law, we understand fraud charges and can protect your legal rights by presenting a strong defense. Besides representing you, we also help you navigate the process and guide how to conduct yourself if you are questioned by police or investigators. We analyze the evidence and carefully understand complex financial matters. We provide strategic advice and create result-oriented strategies to secure the best possible outcome of fraud charges. Handling fraud charges without an experienced lawyer can be risky because conviction means hefty penalties and sentencing. As experts in Criminal law, we understand the complexities of fraud charges such as:
- Fraudulent financial transactions
- Cheque fraud
- Contract Fraud
- Identity fraud/theft
- Insurance fraud
- Accounting and bookkeeping fraud
- Ponzi schemes
- Insider trading
- Unauthorized diversion of funds or property
- Using company assets for personal purposes
- And more
Why You Need a Criminal Lawyer for Fraud Charges
Fraud is one of the most severe criminal offenses in Canada. It means that you can’t take a risk of making mistakes and getting convicted. If you are under investigation for fraud, you must have an expert lawyer on your side. When charged with fraud offense, things could quickly go wrong, even if you’re trying to explain your actions and an honest mistake. You need a seasoned criminal lawyer to do all the talking for you. Cases, where a large sum of money is involved, can be complex. People are quick to point fingers but you shouldn’t blame yourself for something you didn’t do. However, make sure you never try to outwit the investigators. The best thing you can do is retain a lawyer as soon as you suspect you are the target of an investigation.
Many criminal offenses fall within the broader category of fraud that could have life-altering consequences. At Kahlon law, we have a proven track record of successfully defending clients facing fraud allegations. We can handle even the most complex fraud cases and secure a favorable outcome. Entering a guilty plea to a fraud charge can have serious consequences including having a criminal record that will impact your job, immigration status, reputation, family, and personal freedom. We have extensive experience in defending both minor and major fraud cases by discovering significant flaws in the documentation supporting a fraud prosecution.