Many St. Louis residents work hard for years in order to achieve success in their careers. Some undergo years of higher education, while others may enter their job field sooner. In either case, individuals dedicate themselves to becoming better in their chosen fields, and they often put in long hours and years of learning in order to become successful.
Unfortunately, despite all of this hard work, an individual's career can be threatened in a moment if allegations of criminal wrongdoing are brought by the government. While many individuals may think they have nothing to worry about, even the least suspecting person can become the target of a federal investigation, particularly in the business community where the lines become blurred between lawful business transactions and unlawful activity. What's more, individuals can face severe penalties if they are convicted on the charges.
As with any criminal offense, fraud charges have an element of intent at their core. This means that the government cannot prove a person guilty beyond a reasonable doubt unless the government can show the person intended to commit the crimes alleged.
Accordingly, with the severe penalties available on conviction, it is essential that individuals craft an effective defense to the charges against them. Often times, an effective defense is to put the government to its burden of proof on the intent element, and show that the person did not intentionally engage in the conduct that is the subject of the charges.
Our firm specializes in these complicated cases, including mortgage fraud, tax fraud, social security fraud and unemployment fraud matters. We take a proactive approach to identify effective defenses early on in the case, which can then be used to potentially work with prosecutors and agencies to avoid the filing of charges, or combat them when they are filed. To learn more about our experience in handling these cases, please visit our fraud page.