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Utah Fraud Defense - Salt Lake Criminal Attorney

Criminal fraud charges in Utah can result in felony convictions and substantial prison time.While fraud is often considered to be a "white collar" crime, prosecutors can pursue these charges aggressively, and the penalties can be severe.

Based in Salt Lake City, Stephen Howard is an experienced Utah criminal defense attorney who has successfully defended the rights of his clients in fraud cases ranging from securities fraud to unemployment insurance fraud. He has a record of achieving real results in serious felony and misdemeanor criminal cases. Contact us today to arrange for a confidential attorney consultation.

Fraud Crimes in Utah

Criminal fraud charges in Utah range from sophisticated investment scams or Ponzi schemes to relatively simple cases of false insurance claims. Utah's criminal code includes several statutes that address specific types of fraud: communications fraud, credit card fraud (financial transaction card offenses), identity fraud, insurance fraud, public assistance fraud, unemployment insurance fraud, and securities fraud. Each of these charges involves different elements and can present unique issues.

Penalties for a Utah Fraud Conviction

Fraud charges in Utah can be filed on either the felony or misdemeanor level. In many cases, the level of the offense will be based on the value of the property or money a person obtains or attempts to obtain. Amounts of $5,000 or more can be filed as second degree felonies, with possible prison time of up to 15 years. Amounts over $1,500 but less than $5,000 can be filed as third degree felonies punishable by up to 5 years in prison. Lesser amounts can be filed as misdemeanors.

In addition to possible prison time, a conviction for fraud can have devastating impacts on your job and career prospects as well as the respect of neighbors, family, and friends. Even if you are acquitted, simply being formally accused of criminal fraud can have a lasting impact on your life.

Finding a Utah Criminal Lawyer in Salt Lake City

Utah Criminal AttorneyIf you are facing fraud charges, the best chance of success comes when you have an experienced Utah criminal attorney on your side. Based in Salt Lake City, criminal defense lawyer Stephen Howard offers legal services to clients throughout Utah. Contact us now to schedule an initial consultation and case analysis.

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Serving Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, Utah, Cache, Tooele, Summit, Box Elder, and Wasatch Counties, and all of Utah.

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

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

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In Salt Lake City, call 801-449-1409.
In Davis County, call 801-923-4345.

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