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Kaley Hepburn - Stoney Creek Criminal Lawyer
Kaley L. Hepburn is proud to serve the Stoney Creek Area.

Located on the South shores of Lake Ontario, below the Niagara Escarpment, its easy to see why the beautiful town of Stoney Creek has seen a recent residential explosion within the last few years. Although a great deal of land has been developed, Stoney Creek still remains mainly agricultural. One of the main attractions is the ‘Winona Peach Festival’ SEE LINK, which celebrates it’s Agro-industry.

If you live in Stoney Creek and are in need of legal counsel regarding a criminal offence, call Hepburn Law. Kaley Hepburn has proven to be one of the Greater Hamilton Area’s criminal lawyers. She believes in carefully crafting a strategy and formulating defence plan that is customized for each case.

Facing Fraud Charges? Get Expert Legal Defense.

If you are facing fraud charges, it is crucial to have a skilled criminal lawyer by your side. Kaley Hepburn, with more than 10 years of experience, specializes in fraud cases. She has and continues to represent clients in Hamilton, Brantford, Burlington, Oakville, Ancaster, Stoney Creek, and other areas in Ontario.

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Understanding Fraud

Fraud involves intentional deception with the aim of gaining financial or personal benefits at the expense of another person or entity. It can cause harm and is considered a property offense. Different types of fraud exist, each carrying separate legal consequences. If the fraudulent activity spans an extended period or involves multiple instances, you may face multiple counts of fraud.

Being convicted of fraud can have serious consequences on various aspects of your life, including employment, immigration status, reputation, family, and freedom. Fraud is considered a white-collar crime and can result in severe penalties, depending on the circumstances.

The $5000 Threshold

Fraud charges can be categorized into two types based on the value of the amount alleged to have been defrauded.

1. Fraud Under $5000: This offense is considered a "hybrid" offense, allowing the Crown to proceed either by summary conviction or by indictment for more serious cases. The maximum punishment depends on how the Crown proceeds, and it applies when the value of the alleged fraud is below $5000.

2. Fraud Over $5000: This offense is strictly indictable. It applies when the value of the alleged fraud exceeds $5000 or involves testamentary instruments like wills. Fraud over $5000 carries heavier penalties, and a conviction may result in up to 14 years in prison.