St. Louis Fraud Defense Attorney

Our firm handles a wide range of fraud cases, including:

Few assets hold as much value as your reputation, and when facing a criminal fraud charge in Missouri, that reputation could be at stake. In the state, various offenses fall under the umbrella of fraud, encompassing acts of intentional deception committed for financial gain against individuals or entities. Navigating these intricate legal waters demands the expertise of a skilled fraud lawyer, especially when charges involve consumer fraud, business fraud, or even bank and wire fraud.

In this complex landscape, a seasoned criminal defense attorney who specializes in fraud cases becomes your safeguard. With a deep understanding of the intricacies of white-collar crime, identity theft, and a broad spectrum of fraud offenses, a dedicated legal expert can construct a robust defense strategy tailored to your unique circumstances. If you’re facing allegations of credit card fraud, securities fraud, or health care fraud, enlisting a proficient fraud lawyer is not just a choice – it’s an imperative step to protect your reputation and secure your future. Don’t let a fraud charge define your trajectory; let a qualified legal team fight to preserve your standing and help you navigate the stormy seas of criminal fraud charges in Missouri.

Whatever the case, it is important to review your situation with an experienced St. Louis fraud lawyer who can thoroughly explain all of your options and construct an effective defense to handle the matter with as little negative impact as possible. Protect your reputation and contact The Law Offices of Brian J. Cooke right away to schedule a free and confidential consultation.

Fraudulent Use of A Credit or Debit Device
Fraudulent Use of a Credit Device consists of fraudulently using a credit/debit service for the purpose of obtaining service or property. A defendant must have know that: the device is stolen/fictitious/forged, the device is revoked/canceled, for any reason the defendant’s use of the device is unauthorized, or if the defendant uses the device for the purpose of paying property taxes and knowingly cancels payment without just cause. This charge can result in a Class A misdemeanor or a Class E felony if the value of property/services within any 30-day period is greater than $750.
A person commits the crime of forgery if he or she makes, completes, alters, or authenticates any writing so that it purports to have been made: by another, at another time or place, in a numbered sequence other than was in fact the case, with different terms, or by an authority of one who did not give such authority. A forgery can also be committed if the defendant erases, obliterates, or destroys any writing. Furthermore, if the defendant makes or alters anything other than a writing, like a receipt, so that it purports to have genuineness, antiquity, rarity, ownership, or authorship which it does not possess. Lastly, if the defendant uses as genuine/possesses an article to use as genuine/transfers with knowledge or belief that it will be used as genuine writing or other form of writing which the defendant knows has been made or altered. If convicted forgery is a class D Felony.
A person commits the offense of counterfeiting if he or she willfully manufactures, uses, displays, advertises, distributes, offers for sale, sells, or possesses for the purpose of selling or distributing any item, or services, bearing or identified by a counterfeit mark. . If the defendant possesses or controls more than 25 items bearing a counterfeit mark, the defendant is presumed to possess them for the purpose to sell or distribute. If convicted, this can result in a Class A misdemeanor, a Class E felony, or a Class D felony depending on the severity of the charges and prior history of the defendant.
Fraudulently Stopping Payment on an Instrument
A person commits this offense if he or she knowingly, with a purpose to defraud, stops payment on a check or draft given in payment for receipt of goods or services. This is a Class A misdemeanor with the the possibility of a Class E felony if the face amount of the check is greater than $750 and stops payment of more than one check in one course of conduct while the aggregate amount is greater than $750.
Identity Theft
A person commits the offense of identity theft if he or she knowingly and with the intent to deceive or defraud obtains, possesses, transfers, uses, or attempts to obtain, transfer or use, one or more means of identification not lawfully issued for his or her use.There are numerous penalties depending on the depth of the identity theft. Identity theft can range from a class b misdemeanor to a class a felony depending on the nature of the offense.
Financial Exploitation of an Elderly or Disabled Person
A person commits this offense if he or she obtains control over the property of an elderly person or a person with a disability with intent to permanently deprive them of use, benefit, or possession thereby benefiting the defendant or detrimental affecting the elderly person or person with a disability. This charge can lead to a Class A misdemeanor. The charge is upgraded depending on the value amount that was taken. If the value of the property is greater than $50, it is considered a Class E felony. Next, if the value of the property is greater than $750, it is a Class D felony. Furthermore, if the value of the property is greater than $5,000, it is considered a Class C felony. If the value of the property is greater than $25,000, it is considered a Class B felony. Lastly, if the property value taken exceeds $75,000, it is a Class A felony.

A strong defense for your fraud case.


Facing a fraud charge in Missouri can be a very difficult experience. You may feel like the world is against you with a possible conviction hanging over you, in addition to friends and family beginning to look at you differently. However, it is important to remember that your situation is not hopeless. Reach out to skilled St. Louis criminal defense lawyer Brian J. Cooke, who will protect your best interests, defend your rights, and fight your case through the entire court.

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