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Knoxville Fraud Defense Attorneys

Experienced Defense Against Fraud Charges in Knox and Anderson Counties

Fraud crimes in Tennessee can have serious consequences. Those who have been charged could face jail time and hefty fines. Additionally, a fraud conviction can make it challenging to apply for and secure employment, qualify for loans, or even obtain a professional license. That is why it is crucial to have an experienced lawyer on your side if you have been arrested or charged. At S|D Law, our Knoxville fraud attorneys understand the complexity and severity of these kinds of charges. This is why they advocate tirelessly for the people who turn to our firm to defend them. To find out more about how we can help you, schedule a free consultation. We offer these in-person or virtually, so getting the information you need and moving ahead with us is convenient. 

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Types of Fraud Crimes in Tennessee

Both the Tennessee state and federal governments can prosecute fraud crimes. The penalties for a conviction will vary depending on the severity of the fraud, its type, and a person’s criminal record. 

Fraud crimes take many forms, including: 

  • Bank 
  • Check 
  • Credit Card
  • Mail 
  • Tax
  • Insurance 
  • Embezzlement 
  • Loan
  • Investment
  • Securities
  • Identity 

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The Differences Between Civil and Criminal Fraud 

Fraud offenses can be criminal or civil. The key difference between the two is the nature of the consequences. The government prosecutes criminal fraud, and it carries the possibility of incarceration and fines. In contrast, individuals who allege to have been harmed by fraudulent activity can sue. Civil cases do not carry the possibility of incarceration but can require the guilty party to pay restitution. 

Another important difference between these two fraud categorizations is the way they are proven in court. In civil cases, one party needs to only make a more compelling argument than the other party to win. In criminal cases, however, the prosecution must present evidence that demonstrates beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant engaged in fraudulent activity. 

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