Fraud is taken very seriously in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and it is also a crime of morality. This means that if it goes on your record, potential employers and others who can see your record may consider you to be untrustworthy. If you’ve been charged with check fraud or any other type of fraud in Virginia, you must speak with our experienced Richmond fraud attorney as soon as you can. Contact James A. Bullard Jr. P.C. today.
Do I Need a Richmond Fraud Attorney?
Our legal team has effectively handled a wide array of fraud-related cases over the years, including that of check fraud. When facing such charges, you cannot make the mistake of hiring just any criminal defense attorney; you need an experienced Richmond criminal defense attorney who can assess your situation and determine the best path forward as quickly as possible.
Consequences of Check Fraud in Virginia
The first thing you should understand is that there are several ways in which an individual can commit an act of check fraud, and as such, the circumstances of your case will significantly affect the charges you will face. Depending on the amount you allegedly tried to defraud another, you may face the following penalties for issuing a bad check with the intent to defraud:
- A check with a value of less than $200: A Class 1 misdemeanor, which entails up to 12 months of incarceration and a potential $2,000 fine.
- A check valued at more than $200: A Class 6 felony, which entails up to five years in prison.
Common Defenses Against Fraud Charges
While the defense we ultimately use depends on the specifics of your case, there are some common, and often useful defenses against check fraud charges. They are as follows:
- You did not intend to commit an act of check fraud (i.e. you made a simple mistake).
- There was a case of mistaken identity, and you are actually the victim of fraud, not the perpetrator.
- You committed fraud under coercion (i.e. someone made you feel that you were in immediate danger if you did not commit the act of fraud).
A check fraud conviction has far-reaching implications, including obtaining a criminal record, which is why if you’ve been charged with check fraud, it is in your best interests to speak with an experienced Richmond fraud attorney as soon as you can.
Additional Types of Fraud We Handle:
Our firm handles a wide scope of fraud cases on behalf of our clients, including the following:
- Driver’s License Fraud
- Healthcare Fraud
- Debit and Credit Card Fraud
- Mail Fraud
- Voter Fraud
- Internet Fraud
- Elder Fraud
- Bank Account Takeover Fraud
- Stolen Tax Refund Fraud
Contact a Richmond Fraud Attorney
If you are currently facing check fraud charges in Virginia, you need to speak with an attorney as quickly as possible. The sooner you reach out to our firm, the sooner we can begin mounting a defense on your behalf. Contact James A. Bullard Jr. P.C. today.