Based in Fort Collins, the Law Office of Andrew L. Bertrand, PC provides zealous defense representation to clients charged with theft and fraud-related crimes in Larimer County and throughout northern Colorado. Our experience includes:
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Often used as an umbrella term, theft is a criminal act involving the stealing or receiving of another person's property without that person's consent. The property does not actually have to be removed from the premises to effectuate the criminal offense of theft. This means that if you pick up an item, move it, or carry it away with the intent to take it from the owner, you may be charged with theft, even if you do not retain the item. The severity of criminal charges will depend upon several factors, including:
- The type of theft crime committed
- The value of the stolen property
- Whether you have a prior criminal record
- Whether a weapon was used during the commission of the crime
If you face charges for theft, you need the advice and counsel of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Our firm will work to negotiate your charges down and keep the arrest from becoming a conviction whenever possible. If we do go to trial, we know how to mount a strong defense against theft charges and achieve optimal results.
Fraud occurs when someone gains something of value, usually money or property, by knowingly making a factual misrepresentation to obtain the item. A variety of crimes may be considered fraud cases, including but not limited to:
- Identity theft
- Credit card fraud
- Mail fraud
- Banking fraud
- Accounting fraud
- Tax fraud
- Internet fraud
If the state believes you have committed fraud, they will often try to levy as many related charges as they can against you, and as the number of charges increases, the severity of potential penalties also multiplies. As a case becomes more complex, a thorough understanding of time lines, key players, and complicated financial transactions is necessary to mount an effective defense. We possess the knowledge and diligence to break down fraud crimes, often identifying ways to minimize or avoid certain charges.
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Theft and fraud crimes are particularly threatening to a defendant's permanent criminal record because they are viewed extremely negatively by employers, licensing boards, and government agencies. Thus, fighting these charges is worth the effort, not only to avoid the immediate criminal consequences but also to prevent the lasting effects on your personal and professional life. If you have been charged with theft or fraud, contact the Law Office Andrew L. Bertrand, PC for a free consultation. We accept all major credit cards.