Los Angeles Bankruptcy Fraud Attorney
Federal Bankruptcy Fraud Penalties
Bankruptcy fraud is a federal offense which may result in a fine of up
to $250,000 and/or a prison sentence of 5 years. The maximum penalties
for this offense will likely be pursued by federal prosecutors as per
federal sentencing guidelines.
If you or someone you know is currently facing federal criminal charges
involving bankruptcy fraud, we recommend that you consult a defense lawyer
as soon as possible. The
Los Angeles federal defense lawyers at Okabe & Haushalter have experience in helping clients who are facing
bankruptcy fraud charges, and we are familiar with the federal court system
and proceedings as they relate to these specific charges.
Bankruptcy Fraud Charges
Bankruptcy fraud may include actions such as concealing assets, completing
multiple filings, or otherwise falsifying information in an attempt to
file for bankruptcy in an illegal manner. Non-disclosure of assets in
a bankruptcy petition is the most common form of bankruptcy fraud.
A key factor in bankruptcy fraud charges is that the prosecuting attorney
must prove the intent of the defendant. That intent must have been to
commit fraud, intentionally and willfully. When an individual simply makes
an error or mistake, this should not constitute bankruptcy fraud. Issues
involving intent may be used by a federal defense attorney to help his/her
client avoid a conviction.
Los Angeles Bankruptcy Fraud Defense Attorney
Consult a Los Angeles bankruptcy fraud attorney at our firm if you have
been accused of bankruptcy fraud. Even if federal investigators have not
yet worked with prosecutors to have formal charges filed, your rights
are still at risk. By working with an attorney, you can help ensure that
your constitutional rights are not violated during the
investigation. Additionally, your attorney may be able to work to help ensure that formal
charges are never filed.
Facing bankruptcy fraud charges?
Contact a Los Angeles bankruptcy fraud lawyer at our firm as soon as possible.