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Miami Bank Fraud Lawyer

Defending Clients Charged With Bank Fraud in Miami-Dade County 

Few areas are more regulated by federal authorities than banking. Federal agencies constantly monitor financial institutions and those doing business with them for federal banking laws and regulations violations. If you have been arrested for bank fraud, you will need a skilled federal criminal defense law firm to ensure you have an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Whether you are innocent of the crime or were driven by desperation during this tough financial time, the Law Offices of Paul D. Petruzzi, P.A., is here for you!

Are you facing bank fraud charges? Call the Law Offices of Paul D. Petruzzi P.A. today at (305) 330-3905 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our bank fraud attorney in Miami!

Why Hire the Law Offices of Paul D. Petruzzi, P.A.?

We know that the penalties associated with a bank fraud conviction could impact you greatly for the rest of your life. We have handled more than 600 cases related to nearly every type of federal crime imaginable, and our lawyers have earned an AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell*, and recognized by Top 100 Trial Lawyers. With extensive trial experience and professional skill, the Law Offices of Paul D. Petruzzi, P.A., is the criminal defense law firm to trust when you need legal help.

Our approach is simple. When you come to our firm, we’ll explore the facts and determine which defense can yield the best possible result. At the Law Offices of Paul D. Petruzzi, P.A., we know you can’t afford the penalties, so we’ll do everything we can to help clear your name or reduce the charges and penalties you may face.

What is Bank Fraud? 

Title 18, Section 1344, of the United States Code defines bank fraud as knowingly committing or attempting to commit a scheme that results in the following:

  • Defrauding a financial institution
  • Obtaining money, funds, credits, assets, securities, or any other property owned by the financial institution through false pretenses, representations, or promises

18 USC Sec. 1344 states that:

Whoever knowingly executes, or attempts to execute, a scheme or artifice –

  • (1) to defraud a financial institution; or
  • (2) to obtain any of the moneys, funds, credits, assets, securities, or other property owned by, or under the custody or control of, a financial institution, by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises; shall be fined not more than $1,000,000 or imprisoned not more than 30 years, or both.

At our firm, not only are you presumed innocent, but we know how to create a compelling defense in your favor, discredit the allegations against you, and challenge the prosecution.

Common Examples of Bank Fraud 

Common examples of bank fraud include:

  • Falsified loan applications
  • Forgery of checks
  • Failure to disclose information on bank documents
  • Electronic fraud
  • Identity theft
  • Internet theft

How to Beat a Bank Fraud Charge in Miami, FL

There are several defenses that a our Miami bank fraud defense lawyers may use to defend a client against bank fraud charges. Some of these defenses include:

  • Lack of intent: Bank fraud charges require that the defendant acted with the intent to defraud the bank or deceive it in some way. If the defendant did not have the requisite intent, the charges may be dismissed.
  • Lack of knowledge: The defendant may argue that they did not know that their actions were fraudulent or illegal. For example, they may have believed that they were simply taking advantage of a loophole in the system.
  • Mistake or accident: The defendant may argue that they made a mistake or that their actions were accidental. For example, they may have inadvertently used a false document or accidentally entered incorrect information on a loan application.
  • Entrapment: If the defendant was induced or coerced by law enforcement to commit bank fraud, they may be able to use the defense of entrapment.
  • Insufficient evidence: If the prosecution cannot prove that the defendant committed bank fraud beyond a reasonable doubt, the charges may be dismissed.
  • Duress or coercion: If the defendant was forced to commit the bank fraud under threat of harm, they may be able to use the defense of duress or coercion.

It is important to note that the specific defenses available to a defendant will depend on the facts of their case and the laws of their jurisdiction. A qualified criminal defense lawyer can provide guidance on the best defense strategy based on the individual circumstances of the case.

Contact Our Miami Bank Fraud Attorney Today 

Bank fraud is a severe offense that can have significant repercussions for those accused and found guilty. Our Miami bank fraud lawyers are committed to providing clients with the best possible representation while ensuring their rights are protected throughout the legal process. If you face bank fraud charges, contact us as soon as possible so we can help you understand your options and build a strong defense. With our experience and expertise in this complex area of law, we can assist you in navigating the legal system and achieving the best possible outcome for your case. 

Contact The Law Office of Keith R. Murphy today to schedule a FREE consultation with our bank fraud lawyer in Miami! 


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