Fraud is a tricky crime to pin down because there are so many different forms that it can take. However, the common theme in all of them is that they involve the theft of something valuable and some sort of an act of deception.
Deceptive acts, however, raise a whole host of practical issues. Unfortunately, any of these problems can result in you getting arrested and charged for fraud even when you've done nothing wrong. Nevertheless, proving your innocence is not always a simple thing. This is why it's crucial to have a criminal defense attorney like William Beck at your side if you ever get charged with such a serious crime as fraud.
Fraud in Colorado
There are numerous ways to commit fraud in Colorado. Here are some of the most common.
One way to commit fraud in Colorado is through forgery. This involves intentionally creating or altering certain kinds of written documents, like contracts or other instruments.
Forgery is a Class 5 felony in Colorado. If convicted for this type of fraud, you could face between one and three years in jail, and a fine of $1,000 - $100,000.
Obtaining a Signature by Deception
Another common way of committing fraud in Colorado is by obtaining a signature by deception. This involves getting someone else's signature through a deceptive act, and with either the intention to commit fraud or for the purpose of getting a benefit.
Obtaining a signature by deception is a Class 2 misdemeanor in Colorado. A conviction for it comes with between three months and a year in jail, as well as a fine of $250 - $1,000.
Fraud by Check
In Colorado, you commit fraud by check if you intend to defraud someone paying for something with a check, knowing full well that don't have the money for it.
The penalties for fraud by check depend on how much the check was made out for, and whether you made other fraudulent checks in a sixty-day period.
Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Attorney William Beck
Regardless of the kind of fraud you're being accused of committing, a conviction comes with serious consequences. Not only is there jail time and a hefty fine, you could also suffer from collateral consequences, as well. These include difficulties opening a bank account or getting a credit card, as well as significant hurdles getting a new job or apartment.
Both the legal and collateral consequences of a conviction for a crime of fraud in Colorado make defending against the charge all the more important. Hiring a skilled criminal defense attorney is the best way to prevent a criminal charge for fraud from getting out of hand. By legally representing you both in and out of court, William Beck fights vigorously for your rights and interests by attacking the case against you. It can mean the difference between an acquittal and a painful conviction.
Contact the Colorado Springs law office of William Beck online or 719-301-5979.