fraud attorneys in utah county


Have you or a loved one been charged with fraud such as forgery, writing bad checks or identity theft?  Defense Attorneys Dennis Pawelek & Richard Gale have extensive experience fighting for clients who have been arrested and facing charges of fraud.

The penalties for fraud carry severe consequences, therefore, it is important to contact our law offices early in the process. Our experienced criminal defense lawyers will review the facts of the case and listen to witness testimonies in order to give clients a strong defense in the courtroom.

What is Fraud?

Fraud involves wrongful or criminal deception in order to personally gain, financially or otherwise. Fraud cases can be charged as felonies or misdemeanors, with penalties including fines, prison time, and jail time. Dennis Pawelek & Richard Gale have experience with both types of cases and are prepared to serve you. We have successfully had felonies reduced to misdemeanors and have even had cases dismissed completely.

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There are numerous offenses which fall under the category of Fraud in Utah. All crimes designate that there was deception used to benefit the offender for unlawful personal gain.

Fraud cases we defend:

• Forgery
• Tampering with records
• Wrongful liens
• Issuing a bad check
• Bribery
• Credit card fraud
• Falsifying loan information
• Deceptive business practicies

I was arrested and charged with embezzling over 20K from my place of employment. I was facing prison time, massive fines and restitution penalties.  I reached out to Dennis and he assured me that he knew how to deal with the prosecutors for these types of cases.  Dennis ended up keeping me out of jail and we settled directly with my employer with only a misdemeanor charge. Thank you, Dennis. 

– K.J.

Penalties for Fraud

Under Utah Code section 76-6-506.2  the statutory penalties that you are facing for fraud in Utah will depend on the level of the offense and the amount of financial gain in the level of deception.  Here are the potential penalties for an example of credit card fraud.

  • If the value sought is less than $500: Class B misdemeanor.
  • If the value sought is between $500 and $1,500: Class A misdemeanor.
  • If the value sought is between $1,500 and $5,000: Third-degree felony.
  • If the value sought is or exceeds $5,000: Second-degree felony.

Defending Against Fraud Charges in Utah

Depending on the fraud offense which you have been charged with, there may be various defenses available to you. Our fraud defense attorneys will review the circumstances that led to the arrest and obtain any false statements or misrepresentations issued. In many instances in Utah, prosecutors will try to make a civil issue into a criminal issue when it comes to fraud allegations. Therefore, it is important that you call one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys today for a free consultation at 801-362-9996 to discuss the specifics of your case.