Tarrant County Criminal Fraud Attorneys
People accused of fraud are placed at a disadvantage from the moment the government begins its investigation. Police officers and prosecutors have a wide range of resources at their disposal to collect evidence to be used in court against you. Frequently in fraud cases, the government seeks to identify, seize and forfeit your assets. They will file forfeiture lawsuits, add criminal forfeiture counts to indictments and freeze bank and other accounts. It is extremely important to contact a criminal attorney as soon as the investigation becomes apparent and hopefully before all assets have been seized. If seizure has already occurred, there are strict time limits for not only the government to act, but for you to respond.
To level the playing field, you should have a team of lawyers and experts on your side as soon as possible.
Criminal fraud is a form of white-collar crime that involves obtaining money through deception.
Examples of fraud crimes include the following:
- Securities fraud
- Wire fraud
- Mail fraud
- Bank fraud
- Internet fraud
- Medicare fraud
- Heath care fraud
- Insurance fraud
- Tax fraud
Crimes such as wire, mail or bank fraud are federal crimes and most often call for mandatory prison sentences under what are called the federal sentencing guidelines.
The lawyers in this firm will strive to protect your rights and identify effective defense strategies against fraud charges. Restitution can sometimes result in charges being dropped or punishments reduced. However, like in any criminal case, the prosecutor has the final say on whether a provable case is to be dismissed.
A charge of money laundering often goes with a fraud case. Money laundering is when someone engages in financial transactions with stolen or fraudulently obtained funds.
Free consultation: If you have been charged with criminal fraud or money laundering in Texas, contact a board-certified defense attorney at Ball & Hase in Arlington. In an emergency, call 817-412-7449. We answer calls 24 hours a day.