Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney
Fraud / Conspiracy to Commit Fraud / Scheme to Defraud
Los Angeles Criminal Fraud Defense Lawyer Robert M. Bernstein is experienced in dealing with clients who have been charged with, or are under investigation for many types of Federal Fraud crimes. Criminal Fraud, is broadly defined as a crime of deliberately deceiving another in order to obtain money, goods or services. This broad definition allows for a criminal prosecution in many various situations. Both individuals and businesses may be charged with criminal fraud.
Conspiracy to Commit Fraud
Federal prosecutors often charge Fraud cases as a conspiracy to commit fraud if it involves two or more people. If charged as a conspiracy, then the prosecutors do not have to prove that the ultimate goal of the fraud was accomplished, merely that two or more persons agreed to commit a criminal fraud and took steps, or actions in furtherance of the conspiracy. The penalties for a criminal conspiracy to commit fraud vary based on the actions taken by the co-conspirators and the potential loss suffered by victims of the crime.
Scheme to Defraud
Another way for Federal prosecutors to charge a fraud crime is to charge them as a Scheme to Defraud. In a criminal charge of Scheme to Defraud - prosecutors are not required to prove all the details of the scheme, merely that the defendant willfully and knowingly devised a scheme to defraud. A Scheme to Defraud may consist of numerous elements or actions, no particular one needs to be proven in order to obtain a conviction. However, the prosecution must have enough evidence to prove the existence of the scheme and an individual's participation in the scheme. Again, penalties may be severe for these crimes depending on many factors including the loss incurred by victims, or potential loss as a result of the scheme to defraud.
Los Angeles Criminal Fraud Defense Attorney
As an experienced Los Angeles Criminal Attorney, Robert Bernstein can defend clients in Federal Court facing Fraud, Conspriacy or Scheme to Defraud charges. It is important to note that even if you are innocent of the charges, making a false statement to a Federal Investigator during the course of the investigation is a separate crime in and of itself.
Attorney Bernstein's aggressive legal defense is ideally suited for even the most complex fraud charges. As a former prosecutor working directly under United States Attorney General Janet Reno, Mr. Bernstein has unique experience and skill to offer clients the best possible defense in complex criminal fraud cases.
Los Angeles Fraud Defense Lawyer Robert M. Bernstein offers criminal defense representation to those individuals or companies who have been accused of criminal fraud. By working with a skilled and experienced defense lawyer such as Robert Bernstein, a defendant or suspect is taking the right action in helping to ensure their rights and freedom are protected.
Contact Los Angeles federal attorney Robert M. Bernstein today to see how he can protect your rights and safeguard your future!