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Social Security Fraud Charges: Why You Need a Federal Crimes Lawyer

By Spodek Law Group | October 20, 2023
(Last Updated On: October 21, 2023)

Last Updated on: 21st October 2023, 08:31 am


Social Security Fraud Charges: Why You Need a Federal Crimes Lawyer

Being accused of Social Security fraud can be scary. The penalties are harsh, and the government takes these charges very seriously. That’s why having an experienced federal crimes lawyer on your side is so important.

Social Security fraud happens when someone lies or conceals information to get benefits they aren’t entitled to. There are a few common ways this happens:

  • Applying for disability benefits when you aren’t actually disabled
  • Not reporting income so your benefits don’t get reduced
  • Continuing to accept benefits for a deceased spouse or child
  • Using someone else’s Social Security number to get benefits

The penalties for Social Security fraud depend on how much money was obtained illegally. Misdemeanor charges are possible when less than $1,000 was received. But most cases involve felony charges, which can mean:

  • Up to 5 years in federal prison
  • Fines up to $250,000
  • Repaying all money obtained illegally

So if you’re facing accusations of Social Security fraud, it’s critical to have an experienced federal crimes lawyer on your side. Here’s why:

They Understand Federal Charges

Social Security fraud cases go through the federal court system, not state courts. The laws, procedures and potential penalties are different. An attorney who regularly handles federal criminal cases will understand how to navigate the system and mount the strongest defense.

They Can Challenge the Evidence

To convict you of Social Security fraud, the government has to prove you knowingly lied or concealed information to obtain benefits. Your lawyer will scrutinize the evidence to see if there are weaknesses in the government’s case. For example, if you made a mistake on an application but didn’t intend to commit fraud.

They Know How to Negotiate

An experienced federal crimes lawyer has likely handled many Social Security fraud cases before. They understand what penalties prosecutors often seek and what kind of plea deals may be possible. Your attorney can negotiate aggressively to help minimize penalties.

They Can Help Avoid Jail Time

Not every Social Security fraud case ends in prison time, even when felony charges are involved. An attorney may be able to get charges reduced or penalties limited to probation and restitution. The right lawyer gives you the best chance at avoiding time behind bars.

They Understand the Collateral Consequences

A conviction for Social Security fraud doesn’t just mean dealing with whatever sentence the court imposes. You may also face consequences like:

  • Losing eligibility for future Social Security benefits
  • Difficulty finding employment with a felony record
  • Bars from working in certain industries
  • Damage to your reputation

An attorney will understand these potential consequences and fight to help you avoid them.

Don’t Wait to Get Help

The worst thing you can do if accused of Social Security fraud is nothing. Hoping the issue goes away on its own is wishful thinking. The government pursues these cases aggressively.

You need to be just as aggressive defending yourself. Don’t take chances with your future. Consult with an experienced federal crimes lawyer as soon as possible. They can start building your defense strategy right away.

With an attorney guiding you, there are ways to challenge the allegations and seek the best possible outcome. It could make the difference between maintaining your freedom and facing years behind bars. Protect yourself and your family by seeking skilled legal help now.

At [Law Firm Name], our federal crimes lawyers have extensive experience defending complex fraud cases. We understand how the government investigates and prosecutes these charges. Let us put our experience to work protecting your rights and future. Contact our office today to schedule a free case evaluation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are common penalties for Social Security fraud?

Social Security fraud involving less than $1,000 may lead to misdemeanor charges. But most cases involve felony charges with penalties up to 5 years in prison, fines up to $250,000, and repaying all money obtained illegally.

Can I avoid jail time if convicted?

It is possible to avoid prison even with felony fraud charges in some cases. An experienced lawyer may be able to negotiate reduced charges or probation instead of incarceration. But a conviction does risk jail time.

Should I just pay back the money I received?

Repaying benefits received illegally may be required as part of your sentence. But it won’t necessarily prevent criminal charges or other penalties. You need an attorney to help negotiate the best deal possible.

What if I didn’t realize I was committing fraud?

If you made an honest mistake and had no intent to defraud, your attorney can argue you shouldn’t be convicted. But ignoring the issue won’t make it go away. You need legal help to fight the charges.

How quickly do I need an attorney?

Don’t delay in seeking legal help if accused of Social Security fraud. The government pursues these cases aggressively, so you need to build a strong defense fast. Meet with a lawyer as soon as possible after being contacted.

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