A wide variety of actions can constitute fraud – from stealing and using someone’s credit card, forgery and falsifying documents, stealing someone’s identity, online scams, or defrauding Centrelink, Medicare, your private health insurer or the Government.
Fraud is a serious criminal matter. Fraud offences may vary considerably in circumstances and might typically include the theft and use of another person’s credit card, the falsification of documents, assuming another person’s identity, forgery, or defrauding Centrelink or the Commonwealth.
What Matters Does The Court Look In Sentencing?
Fraud is an offence involving dishonesty. It can and does, in many circumstances, attract imprisonment. Matters that the court looks at to determine the seriousness of the fraud might include:
- The amount or value of the property involved;
- The personal circumstances of the victim;
- The level of premeditation and planning involved and;
- Whether the offending involved a breach of trust.
How Will a Conviction For Fraud Affect You?
Irrespective of the seriousness of the offence and the extent of the penalty imposed, there are other serious ramifications for having a conviction for fraud recorded against your name. A conviction of this nature may impede your chances of becoming a successful applicant for an employed position or it might even affect your ability to remain in your current employed position.
Fraud is a criminal offence and is taken seriously by Western Australian Courts In some cases fraud may also result in civil court proceedings.
If you are being investigated for an offence you are required by law to provide your name, date of birth and address. However, aside from this there is no legal requirement to answer police questions or to to participate in a police recorded interview.
The maximum penalties for fraud offences involve lengthy terms of imprisonment. However the sentencing outcome will depend on the seriousness of the offence or offences and the personal circumstances of the offender. Not every case of fraud results in imprisonment being imposed.
Yes. Fraud is a serious offence and if you are being investigated by the police relating to a fraud offence it is vital that you seek legal advice from an experienced criminal lawyer.
We Can Help
If you are being investigated by the police and are about to participate in a police recorded interview relating to a fraud offence it is vital that you seek legal advice from an experienced fraud lawyer and/or criminal lawyer.
Similarly, if you have been charged by the police with a fraud offence it’s vital that you engage an experienced criminal & fraud attorney to advise you on the best course of action to take. Whether that course of action involves defending the charge at a trial hearing or applying to the court for a spent conviction you can be assured that the Andrew Williams Criminal Law Offices is well equipped to assist and guide you through the process to achieve the best possible result.
If you’re looking for a Criminal Defence Lawyer in Perth who will provide expert advice and will work hard to protect your interests, call Andrew Williams now on (08) 9278 2575 or contact us.