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What should I do if I have been falsely accused of fraud?
10 Feb 2020

If you are a law-abiding citizen whose business operations, to your knowledge, are by the book, then you may be surprised to learn that you have been accused of business fraud. However, it is essential to note that something as seemingly insignificant as improper filing could land you in hot water.

Consult with our fraud solicitors at ABV solicitors, before you go into full-blown panic. Our assistance could spell the difference between a successful outcome where your name is cleared, or facing severe consequences for crimes you did not knowingly commit.

The first step you should take?

If you have been arrested or are being interviewed on the grounds of suspicious activity, you must practice your right to remain silent because what you say to investigators could be used against you in a court of law.

Unless you are in custody, you should only speak when your solicitor for fraud is present. Therefore, whether you are guilty or not, saying little will prevent you from being further criminalised, and as a result, help to minimise the chances of any harsh punishment.

Understanding client-attorney privilege

Consult with our fraud solicitor if you are wrongfully accused of a crime you believe you did not commit. We will evaluate your case confidentially and provide legal advice. Anything you disclose to us will be strictly private.

At this stage, it is vital that you disclose all the necessary information because this will help us to understand your case and can help us to reach a favourable outcome.

Once you have provided us with all the required documents and facts, we will then investigate the nature of the allegations for which you have been charged, while also negotiating with the prosecutors.

If the charges held against you are minor or have no substantive evidence, the pre-work we conduct may result in the lawsuit being dropped.

Do I need legal representation?

Fighting or representing your own case as a layman could be detrimental for you. Even if you do have a working understanding of the law as it is easy to make mistakes because there are complicated legal procedures involved.

At the same time, unless you are a trained fraud solicitor, not knowing all realms of the law will make your case appear weak and unprofessional, and could result in harsher sentences.

Solicitors for fraud know the law better and can educate you about complex legal terminology in plain English. Our job is to ensure that you know your rights, and provide you with legal protection.

In the event that you may have committed a crime, either intentionally or unintentionally, having a legal team at your side will provide you with a better understanding of your misdemeanour, and to that effect, help to reduce the penalty that you could face. Additionally, your fraud solicitor will work towards proving your innocence, in order to have your charges dropped entirely if you have not committed the wrongdoings for which you have been accused.

Save yourself the frustration of navigating the complex legal system by turning to our solicitors for fraud for advice.

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