Fraud can be a strange beast when it comes to the commission of crimes. Sometimes it can be straight forward, other times it can be complex. If you are facing a charge of fraud, then it will often be the case that you will need help to prepare your case. This is where you need to get the best fraud solicitors Bradford.
The Punishment Can Be Severe
Depending on the level of fraud that is being alleged then the punishment if found guilty can be severe. The maximum punishment available is up to 10 years of imprisonment. If the likely sentence for any case of fraud is imprisonment, then you should hire the service of a solicitor to represent you. They can be the difference between keeping you out of jail, or you are going away for a long time. Even if the case can be proved then a solicitor will be able to work hard on your case in order to help with any punishments that could be imposed. This might include being able to reduce the amount of any repayments or make representations on your behalf if there were elements of if you have been coerced.
The Matter Can Be Extremely Complex
Fraud can be committed in several different ways and some of these are particularly complex. If the fraud involves lots of complex bookkeeping, different companies and shell companies being created requires an understanding of company accounts or involves a huge number of different accounts and people then you will be much better off if you have a solicitor to represent you. They will be able to instruct experts and specialists that are able to help present the evidence in a way that demonstrates what occurred was or was not a fraud. It is important as well that the evidence can be presented to the members of the jury in a way such that they are able to understand it as well, and this might well require special experts to do so.
There May Be Legal Technicalities that Can Prove Innocence or Guilt
When it comes to fraud, then there are some very complex rules about how fraud can be committed. It can be where you are legally required to give some information and you fail to do so. It can be that you said one thing, but meant another, or it could be something else. If the ‘fraud’ was committed as a result of a genuine mistake then you will need a lawyer to be able to demonstrate that as one of the essential elements of fraud is that there must be a deliberate attempt to make a gain or cause a loss to someone else. There are also many legal rules and defenses that can be used to find you innocent of something you have been accused of and only fraud solicitors Bradford would necessarily know about these and be able to give you the best advice on them.