Fraud - Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman

If you are charged with any type of fraud or white collar offence in Ontario, you need legal advice. Financial crimes carry harsher penalties than in years past, and you may be facing jail time (particularly if the crime involved a high level of organization or a breach of trust). At the very least, you are dealing with a situation that can leave you with a criminal record and irreparable damage to your reputation, your career, and your life.

Understanding Fraud

Under the Canadian Criminal Code, fraud has a somewhat broad definition. It covers any dishonest conduct that deprives (or risks depriving) another person of money, property, valuable security, or service. This can cover anything from minor employee frauds to complex and intricate investment schemes, insurance scams, mortgage fraud, and tax evasion. Fraud allegations can arise out of a government investigation, or they may surface during tax investigations or during civil litigation when an employment or business relationship breaks down. Other forms of fraud may include: theft or identity theft, counterfeiting, forgery, falsifying financial books and documents, unauthorized use of credit card data, trafficking in stolen or forged credit information, and tax evasion.

If you have been charged with a fraud crime, you are protected by the rights that are guaranteed in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. An accused person has a right against unreasonable search and seizure, a right to remain silent, and a right to complete and full disclosure of the prosecution’s case against him or her. All of these rights may play an important role in the final outcome of your case.

How a Lawyer Can Help

If you have been charged with fraud crimes or related charges, then it is important to seek counsel from a qualified, experienced fraud lawyer. A fraud attorney can be of invaluable assistance when it comes to crafting your defence, dealing with the Crown and courts, protecting your rights, and hopefully minimizing the charges and reducing the penalties you face.

Fraud cases often involve a great deal of evidence, including complicated bookkeeping and other issues. Be advised that your communications with your accountant, bookkeeper, and business associates are in no way privileged and may be used against you in court. Understanding the evidence involved in fraud cases is often time-consuming due to its complex nature, and it’s difficult to handle this kind of work alone. In some cases, the line between legitimate business and criminal conduct can be quite fine, and in order to provide the best possible defence, your fraud lawyer may retain experts such as forensic accountants, auditors, and tax specialists, to help shed light on the evidence. The good news is that, due to the complex and time-consuming nature of these cases, the prosecution may be willing to agree to reduced penalties or other solutions to resolve the case before the government spends massive amounts of time and resources to prosecute it.

Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman: Criminal Defence Lawyers On Your Side

The Law Firm of Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman is committed to providing the highest standards of legal defence for individuals and corporations charged with criminal offences. Collectively, this formidable team of lawyers has decades of experience in all areas of criminal law, including conducting trials and arguing cases at all levels of court in Ontario as well as before the Supreme Court of Canada. They also provide legal assistance to other lawyers and firms in a variety of legal fields, such as immigration or family law, when those matters cross the line into the criminal arena.

They have established reputations within the Ontario court system for their commitment to justice and unwavering dedication to professionalism. For a free initial telephone consultation, contact Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman at 5000 Yonge St, Suite 1708, Toronto ON M2N 7E9, or by calling (416) 365-3151.