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Salt Lake Criminal Defense Lawyer - Insurance Fraud


Salt Lake criminal lawyer Stephen Howard has defended literally thousands of serious felony charges - more than most attorneys will ever see.  If you are facing criminal prosecution for insurance fraud or other criminal offenses in the Salt Lake area, Stephen Howard can help.  He has the experience, skill, and determination to help you get the results you need.  Don't settle for a sales pitch.  You need a Utah criminal attorney with a track record of achieving real results for his clients.

The Utah criminal code includes two main types of insurance fraud.  The first involves fraud in obtaining or renewing an insurance policy.  The second involves fraud in making a claim on an existing policy.  A criminal charge of insurance fraud can result in a felony conviction, prison time, and  thousands of dollars in fines, in addition to other collateral consequences.  A fraud conviction may make it difficult to find a job, or could even cause you to lose an existing job.

Salt Lake Insurance Fraud Defense - Fraudulent Insurance Claims


Making a false or fraudulent claim on an insurance policy can result in felony or misdemeanor charges, depending on the value of the claim filed.  Whether or not you actually collect on the claim, the level of the charge can be the same.  For example, collecting $700 on a false or fraudulent insurance claim could result in a class A misdemeanor charge, punishable by up to a year in jail.  But even if you collect nothing on a $5,000 claim, you could be facing up to 15 years in prison on a second degree felony charge.

Salt Lake Insurance Fraud Defense - Obtaining or Renewing a Policy


You may also be charged with insurance fraud for making false or fraudulent statements for the purpose of obtaining or renewing an insurance policy.  Although the penalties are not as severe for this kind of insurance fraud, the charges are still serious.  As a class B misdemeanor, this charge is punishable by up to 180 days in jail, along with fines and surcharges of nearly $2,000.

If you are facing criminal charges for insurance fraud in Salt Lake City or elsewhere in Utah, contact Stephen Howard now to schedule a free confidential consultation.


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Attorney Stephen Howard practices as part of the Canyons Law Group, LLC and Stephen W. Howard, PC.

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560 South 300 East, Suite 200, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
952 S. Main St., Suite A, Layton, UT 84041

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