If you are facing charges for bankruptcy fraud in Arizona, you have a lot on the line. A conviction could lead to jail time, expensive fines, and a ruined reputation. You may lose your jobs and people close to you. At AZ Defenders, we recognize that people make mistakes. We work hard to make sure one bad decision – or false accusation – does not ruin your life. Our Phoenix bankruptcy fraud lawyers can help you defend yourself against these criminal charges. Start with a free and confidential consultation with our defense attorneys. Call (480) 456-6400 24/7.
Bankruptcy fraud is a crime in which someone abuses bankruptcy law, which serves to free individuals and businesses from debt, for financial gain. It can refer to many types of activities intended to defraud creditors or take advantage of the bankruptcy court. This includes fraud both before and during a bankruptcy case. Crimes during a case, such as lying under oath, can lead to bankruptcy fraud charges. Certain actions before filing for bankruptcy are also crimes, including transferring and destroying assets.
At AZ Defenders, our Phoenix bankruptcy fraud lawyers have years of experience representing clients during bankruptcy, embezzlement, white-collar crimes, and other financial crime cases in Arizona. We know how to navigate criminal cases involving bankruptcy fraud of all types.
AZ Defenders will tailor your defense strategy based on the specific bankruptcy fraud crime you allegedly committed. Whether you knowingly committed the crime, did not mean to commit a crime or are being falsely accused, a qualified Phoenix white collar crime lawyer at our law firm can help you defend your rights.
Bankruptcy fraud is usually a tort, or civil wrongdoing, dealt with by the civil courts. In a civil case, rather than facing criminal consequences, you would have to pay the victim of your crimes money damages to make him or her whole again if the jury voted against you. In severe cases, however, prosecutors may also bring criminal charges for bankruptcy fraud. If the Arizona courts convict you of bankruptcy fraud, you could face serious penalties. A sentence could include significant fines (up to $250,000 for each count), up to 20 years in prison, probation, restitution, and community service. You could also face additional penalties for committing other crimes related to bankruptcy fraud, such as embezzlement or perjury.
The right Phoenix bankruptcy fraud attorney can build a strategy that could change your future. A lawyer will know how to minimize the penalties you face and the charges entered against you. Most defense attorneys aim to create a sense of doubt among jurors. Since the prosecutor’s burden of proof is to show that you are guilty of bankruptcy fraud beyond a reasonable doubt, sowing the seed of doubt could lead to an acquittal or hung jury. Common defenses during bankruptcy fraud cases in Arizona include innocence, wrong defendant, duress, accidental fraud (lack of intent), legitimate and lawful purpose, renunciation of an error, and a missed statute of limitations.
Discuss your unique defense strategy as someone facing bankruptcy fraud charges in Phoenix, AZ with our attorneys today. We will provide honest and trustworthy answers to your questions at no charges upfront. Our defense attorneys can give you the legal advice you need in this difficult situation. Contact AZ Defenders online or by calling (480) 456-6400 at any time, day or night to speak with an experienced bankruptcy fraud lawyer in Phoenix. We are available 24/7 to speak to new clients.