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Check Fraud Charges Reduced to Avoid Felony Conviction

Sep 05 2017, by Sean Hessler in Case Results, Fraud

It is easy to understand how an oversight or lapse in your financial judgment can lead to fraud accusations, even criminal charges. Fraud is taken very seriously in Indiana and if you ever find yourself charged with a crime, contact a skilled fraud lawyer, who can navigate often complex financial matters to find the best possible resolution.

Not long ago, a 25-year-old woman wrote a check for the down payment on a new car, but there were insufficient funds in the account and she decided to close the account and return the car. The authorities were alerted to her alleged attempt to ‘float a check’ and she was charged with felony charges of check fraud and check deception. If convicted, these charges exposed the woman to time in jail, expensive fines, and a haunting fraud conviction that could label her as a dishonest person for the rest of her life. These concerns led her to Hessler Law, PC, where experienced Indianapolis criminal defense attorney Sean Hessler began preparing the strongest possible defense.

By utilizing his extensive experience with similar fraud cases throughout Indiana, attorney Hessler met with the prosecution and reached an agreement that reduced the impact to his client. Ultimately, his client agreed to plead to a misdemeanor level offense in place of the much more severe felony charge and would serve one year of probation in addition to paying court costs and a small restocking fee to the auto seller as restitution. By working with a capable defense lawyer, the woman was spared from the unforgiving repercussions of a felony conviction and possible time behind bars.

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