If you are charged with fraud or a related crime in Maryland, The Flynn Law Firm PLLC will work with you to identify and achieve a fair outcome for your situation. A Maryland fraud crime may be either a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the circumstances of your individual case. Both charges carry the potential of severe penalties, including fines and/or prison. Oftentimes, the severity of the crime is determined by the value of the objects or services in question. Fraud crimes include writing bad checks, crimes involving credit cards or identity theft, financial crimes, counterfeiting, various commercial or public fraud, and many others.
Fraud is defined as intentional wrongful deception of a person or organization with the intent of personal or financial gain. Most misdemeanor fraud charges in Maryland result from fraud under the amount of $1,000.
Maryland Fraud Crimes
Misdemeanor Fraud Crimes
Maryland misdemeanor crimes of any type carry possible maximum sentences of 10 years imprisonment, but are still lighter charges than felony fraud and have smaller penalties in regards to both fines and/or imprisonment. This could include bad checks or credit card fraud, and carry possible penalties of $500 in fines, and/or 18 months in jail for each crime. The publishing of phone card numbers is also considered a misdemeanor fraud charge, and carries penalties of 1 year in jail as well as a maximum of $500 in fines for each charge. A misdemeanor charge may be made against an individual initiating the fraud, or against an individual knowingly participating in any gains by receiving the stolen, misappropriated, or counterfeited items.
Whether you are charged with a misdemeanor for initiating or receiving and benefitting from the items in question, you may additionally be subject to a civil suit. Regardless of your situation, The Flynn Law Firm PLLC is here to help you build a defense and determine the best course of action for your case.
Felony Fraud Crimes
Felony fraud crimes include any crimes exceeding $1,000 in damages, as well as credit card theft, counterfeiting of any amount, reproducing credit cards, or the unauthorized use or distribution of debit and credit card numbers. Possible penalties depend on the value of the stolen items. For felonies ranging from $1,000 to $10,000, there is a possible penalty of 10 years in prison and/or fines to $10,000. From $10,000 to $100,000, maximum penalties are 15 years in prison and/or fines to $15,000. For felony fraud charges exceeding $100,000, maximum penalties are 25 years in prison and/or $25,000 in fines for each charge.
Find the right Fraud Crime Attorney in Maryland
If you are facing a charge of either a misdemeanor or felony fraud crime in Maryland, The Flynn Group attorneys are here to work with you to achieve the best outcomes for your circumstance. Contact us today for a free consultation, so that we may best determine the course of action for your case.