Fraud Charges Have Been Filed Against Me, Now What?

Fraud Charges Have Been Filed Against Me, Now What?

Criminal charges for any type of fraud are serious and can lead to harsh penalties, imprisonment, fines, or restitution. If you have been charged with fraud or another white collar crime, you need an experienced white collar criminal defense attorney.

Fraud Charges Have Been Filed Against Me, Now What?

Once criminal charges are filed against you the criminal law process is put into motion. While each case is unique, there are a few general things you will want to do and understand.

  • Understand the criminal charges filed against you.
  • Hire an experienced white collar criminal defense attorney.
  • Take an active role in your legal defense strategy.
  • If you consider a plea agreement, understand the terms before agreeing to it.
  • Mount a strong defense against the fraud charges.

Fraud and other white collar crimes are a highly specialized area of law. As a general concept: Fraud is the act of attempting to defraud someone, the deliberate deception for the purpose of obtaining an unfair or unlawful gain. There are a number of crimes that constitute fraud under federal and Arizona state law, and these laws identify what conduct constitutes the crime and the specific penalties conviction of the crime carries.

A few specific types of fraud are Credit Card Fraud, Email Fraud, Cyber Crimes, Health Care Fraud, Mortgage Fraud, Telemarketing Fraud, and Securities Fraud.

Many different types of criminal activity may be considered fraud. But what all types of fraud have in common is the intent to deceive (defraud) for the purpose of unlawful gain. Fraud schemes are often complex and involve a number of people.

Hire An Experienced White Collar Criminal Defense Attorney

If you have been charged with fraud, you want to hire a criminal defense attorney who has experience in defending fraud and white collar criminal charges. Even if you are confident that your actions were lawful, we strongly urge you to seek the help of an attorney.

White Collar Criminal Defense Attorney, Ashley D. Adams is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, prosecuting fraud and other white collar crimes. She has a longstanding relationship with the U.S. Attorney’s office, the Attorney General’s Office, and the Department of Justice. Our firm has credibility with these agencies. They know we are willing to go to trial, and that we are tough adversaries. A fact that may lead to more favorable plea deals.

Further, because Ashley worked as a prosecutor, she knows the tactics used by the government when bringing charges. She has insider information that benefits her ability to craft a powerful defense against any fraud charges.

Take An Active Role in Your Legal Defense Strategy

Together, you and your white collar criminal defense attorney will design a legal defense tailored to your case. We urge you to take an active role in your legal defense strategy because you are the person with the most knowledge of the events subject to the allegations. Also, a defendant engaged in their case will be prepared for each stage of the criminal law process.

If You Consider a Plea Agreement, Understand the Terms Before Agreeing to It

The majority of criminal cases are resolved by plea agreements prior to trial. In a plea agreement the defendant agrees to plead guilty to certain crimes in exchange for concessions from the prosecutor, such as lesser charges and reduced sentencing.

Your white collar criminal defense attorney can help you negotiate a favorable plea bargain and help you understand the terms that are offered to you by the prosecution.

Mount A Strong Defense Against the Fraud Charges

Mounting a strong defense against fraud charges requires specialized skills. Prosecutors do not pursue fraud charges unless they believe they have enough evidence to prove the elements of the crime in a trial.

You need an attorney who understands the tactics and procedures the government will use to obtain a conviction. You need an attorney who can combat aggressive prosecutors. Ashley D. Adams is that attorney.

Contact us or call now (480) 219-1366 for a consultation. Have your questions answered and obtain the peace of mind that comes from having a former Assistant U.S. Attorney on your side.

We practice excellence, one client at a time.


The attorneys at Ashley D. Adams, PLC handle federal criminal cases throughout the United States, including Arizona, Oklahoma, Utah, and California.

The attorneys at Ashley D. Adams, PLC handle state criminal cases throughout Arizona including the cities of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Glendale, Mesa, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Maricopa, Gilbert, Peoria, Surprise, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Avondale, Chandler, Casa Grande, Florence, Queen Creek, Deer Valley, North Pinal and Sun City as well as those living in and around Maricopa County, Pinal County, Pima County, Yuma County and Yavapai County.