Fraud

Adam Goodman Toronto Lawyer

Being charged with fraud can be extremely stressful and confusing, both emotionally and financially

Let Adam Goodman help you. Adam Goodman practices criminal law in Greater Toronto Area and has the necessary experience in defending people who have been charged with fraud.

Adam has the know-how to be resourceful, aggressive & relentless in presenting the best possible case to defend your fraud charges.

Adam Goodman’s clients come first

Adam Goodman does not run a stuffy traditional criminal law firm. He regularly meets with clients at times that work for their busy schedules and he will happily arrange for an evening or weekend appointment.

Why it’s essential you hire an experienced fraud lawyer

It does not matter whether you have been charged with: credit card fraud, tax fraud, mortgage fraud, or any other type, it can result in a conviction. A fraud conviction under the Criminal Code of Canada can be up to 14 years in prison. Fraud is a very serious charge that you do not want to take lightly.

Just because you’ve been charged with fraud, that does not mean you will be convicted. A lot fraud charges that go to courts in Canada will go unproven when individuals have proper legal representation.

Even though it may not feel like it, remember you are considered innocent until proven guilty. Fraud cases are complex and there are hundreds of variables, do not assume that you do not have a defence.

If you are charged with fraud, it’s important to quickly find an experienced lawyer who understands fraud cases and can help you fight the charges against you.

What happens if you are convicted with fraud?

Sentencing for fraud, like any sentencing case, will vary based on the aggravating and mitigating circumstances of both the offence and the offender. Sentences may range from an absolute discharge to a maximum of fourtees years in prison for fraud over $5000 and two years in prison for fraud under $5000. A fraud conviction may also affect one’s ability to travel.

Fraud Over $5000

Fraud over $5000 involves frauds of a value above $5000. This offence is a straight indictable offence.

Fraud Under $5000

Fraud under $5000 involves frauds of a value that does not exceed $5000. The offence is hybrid meaning the Crown Attorney will elect whether to proceed by summary conviction or indictment.

Potential fraud defences:

  • Factual innocence – in cases where an accused person did not actually commit a fraud.
  • Colour of right – arises in cases where there is a possessory right to the subject matter of the fraud.
  • Mens Rea – the accused person must have both a subjective knowledge of the act as well as a subjective knowledge that the act may result in another being deprived of something. Wilful blindness, however, may negate this defence.

Fraud offence FAQs:

What is fraud?

Fraud is defined in s. 380 of the Criminal Code and involves an individual by deceit, falsehood, or other fraudulent means depriving the public or an individual of property, money or valuable security, or any service.

What must the Crown prove for someone to be convicted of fraud?

In simple terms the Crown must prove that the fraudulent act was committed by the accused individual who had subjective knowledge of the act and the act caused the public or another person to be deprived of property, money or valuable security, or any service. The Crown may also have to prove the value of the deprivation if they have proceeded on the charge of fraud over $5000.

Is diversion or a peace bond available for a fraud matter?

It’s not out of the question depending on the nature and value of the fraud. Only the Crown Attorney can agree to diversion or a peace bond before trial.

How much does it cost to hire Adam Goodman for a fraud matter?

In most cases, a retainer (usually between $2000-4000) is required to begin working on your matter. Depending on the circumstance, Adam may consider working on a contingency or partial contingency basis. Adam’s law practice offers payment plans and also accepts various forms of payment including debit and credit cards.

What should you do next?

Remember it costs you nothing to pick up the phone to find out your rights. Contact one of Adam Goodman’s Toronto offices today for a free assessment of your fraud case and let him help lessen your stress and worries about your legal matter(s).