Denver Theft & Criminal Defense Lawyer
Serving Denver and Boulder areas of Colorado
The rise of the Internet and advances in technology have increased the means for theft and fraud, as well as led to the ongoing development of laws regarding computer crimes. These same tools have also been used by authorities to gather information to use against people who have not yet been arrested.
Although laws regarding theft, fraud, and Internet and computer crimes are constantly evolving, your rights to privacy and freedom from unlawful search and seizure are firmly established. If you are being investigated for or have been charged with theft, fraud or computer-related crime, it’s critical to contact Denver criminal defense attorney Nicolas M. Geman at (303) 357-3035 as soon as possible.
Theft, in its simplest terms, is defined as taking another person’s property without consent. Theft crimes can be prosecuted as misdemeanors or felonies depending on the value of property, the location of the alleged crime, and the means in which the theft was carried out. Theft charges can be enhanced with additional penalties if, for example, bodily harm or firearms were involved.
Common theft crimes include:
- Identity theft
- Money laundering
- Petty/grand theft
- Possession or receipt of stolen property
If you’ve been accused of theft, you could be facing a tarnished record, fines, restitution to the victims, jail time, and additional criminal charges. The experienced Denver theft attorney Nicolas M. Geman understands what’s at stake and can provide you the fair representation you deserve.
Fraud entails intentionally lying in order to induce someone to part with something of value. Fraud charges can lead to fines, financial reparations to the victims, a permanent criminal record, and imprisonment.
There are three primary types of fraud:
- Mail fraud: Using the mail to further a scheme devised to defraud
- Wire fraud: Using wire, radio, television or computer to transmit a scheme designed to defraud
- Bank fraud: Defrauding a financial institution by means of false representation or pretenses
Within these categories, common types of fraud-related crimes include:
- Accounting fraud
- Bankruptcy fraud
- Computer hacking or Internet fraud
- Credit card or check fraud
- Identity theft/fraud
- Insurance fraud
- Medical assistance fraud
- Securities fraud
- Tax fraud
- Welfare fraud
Because fraud charges often involve both federal and state law enforcement, it’s critical to seek experienced legal counsel immediately. Denver fraud defense attorney Nicolas M. Geman knows that fraud charges can affect your reputation, your future, and your freedom. He also understands your constitutional rights, which are sometimes violated in the process of gathering information for fraud-related arrests.
Emerging technology requires new laws, but it also takes time for these laws to be crafted and implemented. Internet and computer laws are constantly in flux, with some regulations ambiguous and others varying wildly from state to state.
If you’ve been charged with a computer or Internet crime, you have probably had personal and/or work computers as well as mobile electronic devices seized. Those charged with computer-related crimes—also referred to as cybercrime—can face a criminal record, fines, jail time, and additional charges depending on the alleged crime.
Common computer and Internet crimes include:
- Breech of privacy/confidentiality
- Computer hacking/intrusion
- Copyright infringement
- Credit card fraud
- Dispersal of viruses or spyware
- Gambling where illegal
- Identity theft
- Online harassment
- Online fraud (such as e-mail campaigns to obtain bank information)
- Sale of counterfeit or pirated goods
In alleged computer-related crimes, authorities sometimes seize computers without substantial basis or overlook details in their haste to charge. Denver computer crime attorney Nicolas M. Geman knows how spot factors law enforcement may ignore, such as computer access, unsolicited receipt of information, and other issues.
If you’re facing charges of theft, fraud or computer crime, please contact accomplished Denver criminal defense attorney Nicolas M. Geman.