Fraud Defense Attorneys in Portland
Strong Legal Representation for Clients throughout Oregon
Fraud is a term that encompasses many forms of theft or misappropriation through conscious deception. Oregon has a specific statute that covers basic fraud at ORS 164.085 - Theft by Deception. However a variety of Oregon theft related crimes are often alleged to have been accomplished through fraudulent methods or pretenses. Critical to most fraud related prosecutions is proof of any fraudulent intent on the part of the accused. We are all familiar with the axiom “A fool and his money are soon parted.” While such intent may be apparent in some cases, there are many cases in which it is not so clear. Simply losing money on a risky business proposition, or following bad, even erroneous, financial advice does not necessarily mean a fraud was perpetrated.
If you have been charged with a fraud-related crime the government will be required to prove a fraudulent intent on your part. Proof of one’s subjective intent may also be introduced by the defense to refute the prosecution’s claims. The admission of this type of “intent” evidence is subject to a variety of evidentiary rules and potential pitfalls for the inexperienced attorney. For that reason, it is critically important to enlist the help of knowledgeable fraud defense attorneys in Portland. Even if you have not yet been charged, if you have reason to believe you are under investigation, the intervention of a criminal defense lawyer can improve your situation immensely.
Contact Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C. online today or call us at (503) 303-0771 to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced fraud defense attorneys in Portland.
The law firm of Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C. was founded with the specific purpose of offering high-quality and focused criminal defense services at reasonable rates to the residents of Portland and the surrounding Northwest Oregon communities. Our attorneys have more than 60 years of combined total experience in criminal defense. Each of our lawyers has been defending accused clients for more than two decades.
We have successfully defended clients against a wide range of fraud charges, including:
- Theft by deception
- Theft by receiving
- Identity theft
- Credit card fraud
- Medical insurance fraud
- Check fraud
- Mortgage fraud
- Wire fraud
We will work hard to protect your standing in the community while building a strong and aggressive defense against these charges.
Contact Us for a Free & Confidential Initial Consultation
If you are facing an investigation or arrest for fraud and are looking for an experienced fraud defense lawyer in Portland, contact our office today to schedule a free and discreet initial meeting. If you decide our firm is right for you, we will work with you to find a fee structure that is appropriate for your case. We can negotiate flat-rate fees or hourly-rate fees, depending again on the type of case. Call us today at (503) 303-0771 or send us an e-mail.