Being Charged For Fraud, What’s The Process?

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If you’re facing fraud charges in Arizona, you may wonder what to expect. While no two cases are exactly the same, you’re probably wondering about the court process and your next steps. Here’s what happens when you’re charged with this offense in Arizona:

You May Be Arrested for Fraud

You may or may not be arrested before your first court hearing. They might take you down to the local jail. They can take your fingerprints, pat you down and take your photo. You might have to wait in jail until you can see a judge, but that should happen quickly. At Faussette & Fausette PLLC, if a client faces criminal litigation, we can help them make arrangements to turn themselves in at a convenient time.

The Arraignment

Your first hearing with a judge is called an arraignment. This is an important stage in the process because you learn exactly what charges you’re facing. Fraud charges can mean several different things in Arizona. A fraudulent scheme is one type of charge, but you may also be facing identity theft charges, misuse of a credit card or other charges relating to dishonesty.

A lawyer can help you understand the charges you’re facing. Each charge has parts called elements. These are the different steps that make up the crime. Each crime is different. The steps to commit identity theft are different than the steps to defraud insurance. It’s important to know the exact charges against you so that you can prepare to defend yourself.

Preparation for Trial and Pretrial Negotiations

Next, your lawyer needs time to prepare for trial. They need time to demand documents from the state’s attorney and prepare your best defenses. Litigation can also involve negotiations with the other side.

At Faussette & Faussette, our team of attorneys conducts our own investigation and then evaluates the case in light of state law to determine the best course of action in your case. If you reach a non-trial resolution such as a plea deal, your case heads straight to sentencing. If the prosecutor agrees to dismiss the case, they file paperwork with the court and at the end of the proceedings.


A trial is the critical stage of litigation where you tell your story to the jury. Fraud charges are often a case of mistaken identity. Your attorney team helps you present your case to the jury in the best possible light. They help the jury understand how you’re not guilty under the law. If you’re convicted, your case proceeds to sentencing. If you’re found not guilty, the case ends.


At a sentencing hearing, the judge imposes penalties for the offense. This can include time in jail, probation, fines, and restitution to anyone who suffers a financial loss because of your actions. At Faussette & Faussette, we make sure a client goes to their sentencing hearing fully prepared so that it goes as well as possible. The final step is to complete the terms of the sentencing including serving time on probation and paying fines. Once probation is complete, the case closes.

If you are ever in need of legal consultation or defense do not hesitate to reach out to Phoenix top lawyers at Faussette and Faussette. Call 844.LAW.TWIN (529.8946)any time for no charge consultation to have your legal needs handled.

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