What are the penalties for a fraud conviction in New York?

Fraud crimes range from misdemeanors to felonies. Penalties depend on whether a crime is charged on the state or federal level. They generally include fines, incarceration and probation.

Some minor fraud charges that are classified as misdemeanors are punishable by up to a year in jail. More serious fraud offenses that are classified as felonies are punishable by lengthy prison sentences and severe penalties. For example, a Class D felony carries a prison sentence of up to seven years. In fraud cases in which money was taken from a victim, the sentence may also require the payment of restitution.

The penalties for a fraud conviction can depend on whether a person has had any previous convictions. A knowledgeable New York fraud lawyer can explain the potential penalties your fraud charge carries and help you avoid or minimize those consequences.

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