Organized Scheme to Defraud
– by Tampa Criminal Defense Attorney Daniel J. Fernandez
Any person who engages in a scheme to defraud and obtains property thereby is guilty of organized fraud. The term “scheme to defraud” is defined as an ongoing course of conduct with intent to defraud one or more persons.
The legislature has the power to criminalize the same acts in different ways. When charged as an organized scheme to defraud, multiple acts of grand theft become lesser included offenses. Grand theft is a lesser offense of organized fraud, which adds an additional element of a systematic, ongoing course of conduct with intent to defraud or take property. An offender cannot be convicted of both organized scheme to defraud and grand theft for the same conduct. Dual conviction for both organized scheme to defraud and grand theft for the same conduct is a double jeopardy violation.
Organized retail theft or shoplifting which amounts to grand theft, and dealing in stolen property, may become predicate acts resulting in conspiracy to commit racketeering and racketeering charges (RICO), which is a first degree felony punishable by life.
If you or a loved-one have become involved in a situation where an organized scheme to defraud becomes an issue you should contact an criminal defense attorney immediately.
Why Contact a Criminal Defense Lawyer?
One of the biggest benefits associated with hiring a qualified lawyer is that you increase your chances of getting the relief you deserve. A skilled and experienced attorney will be able to research the facts and the law associated with the complicated organized scheme to defraud allegations, and prepare an informed defense to the charges.
Good attorneys have the knowledge, experience and resources necessary to obtain the best possible outcome. You will need to hire an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. Why? Because experience counts.
If you or a loved-one find yourself in an organized scheme to defraud situation, you or your loved-one may be facing a long prison sentence. Not every attorney has the qualifications and experience to handle a scheme to defraud case. You need a qualified and experienced defense lawyer to fight for your rights.
Why Fernandez & Hernandez?
The experienced Tampa criminal defense attorneys at Fernandez & Hernandez aggressively represent clients who have been arrested in the Tampa Bay Area, including Hillsborough County, Pinellas County, Polk County, Manatee, Sarasota Count, Pasco County, Hernando County, and throughout the State of Florida.
The law and rules are highly complex. It is important to act quickly and secure legal representation. The attorneys at Fernandez and Hernandez have experience in organized scheme to defraud situations and will work vigorously to protect your rights. Our attorneys welcome the opportunity to interview with you. Attorneys Daniel Fernandez and Martin Hernandez are bilingual as well.
Daniel J. Fernandez, Esq., Criminal Defense Attorney
Daniel J. Fernandez graduated from the South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, in 1980, and served as an Assistant State Attorney in Tampa, Florida, between 1980 and 1984. He is currently a member in good standing of the Florida Bar Association and has been admitted to practice before the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, the district in which he resides and regularly practices law. Additionally, Daniel J. Fernandez has been admitted to practice before the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, United States District Court, Northern District of Florida, United States District Courts in Texas, Georgia, Tennessee, Arizona, and Missouri, and before the United States District Courts of Appeals in the Fifth, Sixth and Eleventh Circuits.
With more than 30 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney and hundreds of jury trials, Daniel J. Fernandez has earned tremendous accolades from judges, other lawyers, defendants and even jurors. We recommend reading the Tampa Criminal Lawyers reviews on Google Reviews, Avvo and Yelp.
Call Tampa Criminal Defense Attorney Daniel J. Fernandez of Fernandez & Hernandez at 813 229 5353.
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