Fighting Fraud Charges In New York City

At Sapone & Petrillo, LLP, we understand that your reputation, your career and your future hang in the balance when you face fraud charges. From our New York City and Long Island offices, our experienced trial lawyers have represented clients charged with fraud at both the state and federal levels. If you need a NYC federal criminal lawyer, our criminal defense attorneys will address the accusations against you. They will defend your rights and customize a comprehensive defense strategy on your behalf.

What Is Fraud?

Fraud is considered a white collar crime and is defined as the act of intentionally deceiving another person in order to create personal or financial gain for yourself. Being accused of a federal fraud crime is a charge that can result in serious penalties if you are found guilty. Extensive fines, jail time and more could result. You need an attorney who can answer these charges with both tenacity and skill.

Skilled Defense Against A Variety Of Fraud Charges

Fraud charges can be leveled in a variety of cases, and each requires careful investigation to build a defense. Our firm has defended clients against a wide variety of fraud charges, including:

When you need a New York City federal criminal defense attorney, our firm will offer you skilled counsel at every stage of your case. From offering you guidance after you are initially charged to your day in court, we will offer you the guidance you need to preserve your reputation, and we will defend your interests at every stage of the legal process. We will also assist you in appealing the results of your case if necessary.

What Are The Consequences Of Fraud Conviction?

There are two types of conviction charges after a fraud conviction—misdemeanor or felony. To be convicted of a misdemeanor charge, one must have committed petty theft or minor financial misrepresentation or have no prior criminal history.

If convicted of misdemeanor fraud, penalties can include up to:

  • A year in jail
  • Probation
  • Fines
  • Restitution to victims

On the other hand, for a felony conviction, one must have committed more severe fraud like securities fraud, mortgage fraud or identity theft or have a prior criminal history. If you face a felony conviction, penalties may include:

  • Multiple years in prison
  • Heavy fines
  • Restitution to victims

In addition, felony convictions have long-term consequences, which can affect your ability to find employment,  obtain housing, be granted professional licenses and more. It may also deeply affect your civil rights and other areas of your life, both personal and professional. For help in navigating the legal system, seek the guidance of a skilled New York fraud defense attorney.

What Is The Impact Of Previous Conviction On A New Fraud Conviction’s Sentencing?

A previous criminal record can heavily influence the sentencing of a new fraud conviction in New York. Convictions related to fraud or other financial crimes can be considered aggravating factors in sentencing for the new fraud conviction. This can lead to harsher penalties, including longer prison sentences and higher fines. It also means being less likely to qualify for diversion programs or other sentences that will avoid jail time.

If this is your first charge, a skilled New York fraud defense attorney will work to avoid a conviction that could create complications in your future if you ever face charges again. If you are already facing a subsequent charge, your attorney can seek to mitigate the impact of your past on your present case.

Don’t Wait. Call A New York Fraud Lawyer Today.

Have you been charged with fraud? Do you need a federal criminal defense attorney in New York City? Don’t wait. Contact our firm online or call us at 646-844-3445​ to build a strong defense against these charges.