Theft & Fraud Charges

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Being charged with a theft or fraud crime is very serious. Theft crimes are considered crimes of moral turpitude. This means that if you are convicted of a crime of moral turpitude you may be disqualified from certain jobs, lose rights you are accustomed to having and be unable to rent or travel freely.Usually the value of the alleged item stolen or taken from another will determine the severity of the crime. The values are archaic so even what seems like a small amount taken may lead to a felony or gross misdemeanor charge.

Keep the Conviction Off your Record

If you have been charged with a theft crime you need to get representation to assist you in defending against a conviction. If you are convicted you may lose certain rights and privileges that do not appear to you at the outset. Many times it is possible to keep the conviction off your record.

Theft and Fraud cases can range from Misdemeanors to Felony offenses based on the amount allegedly taken. Misdemeanor level offenses are punishable by a maximum of 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. Gross Misdemeanor (Maximum of one year in jail and a $3,000 fine) or even a felony if the amount in controversy is over $1,000.00.

Thorough Case Analysis is Critical

Whenever a case is analyzed it is imperative to know details about the reason you were approached by police, what procedures the officer(s) used during the seizure and subsequent arrest, what is contained in your prior criminal/traffic history, did the officer read you your Miranda rights when you were arrested, were you allowed to contact an attorney, and many other variables.

It is also important to examine the police report in detail to complete the analysis. It is important to have both views of the case prior to developing a strategy with regards to your case.


Scott is always looking for defenses when he is analyzing the case. If there are defenses then we explore those in detail prior to moving forward with the criminal case. If there are not defenses then it is my job to get the best possible result for you and attempt to get the best possible resolution as quickly as possible at a reasonable and affordable cost.

It is very important to have legal representation since these are very serious types of cases. If convicted the Court may require jail time, fines, treatment or education for alcohol, restrictions on gun privileges, probation, loss of certain rights and no same or similar conduct.


Please contact Scott L. Anderson NOW at 763-422-8664, e-mail him at or fill out the form on the right for a confidential consultation.


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I have known Scott Anderson for some 30 years. I have entrusted him with all my personal and family legal matters. His firm Anderson law ably protected our family in a personal injury case where my wife suffered injuries. We have proudly referred many friends and associates to Scott and they have all raved about the professional care he has provided. In my opinion it is one thing to know the law but a whole different matter to understand human nature. If you are looking for someone who knows the law and will take the time to work in your best interest then hire Scott!

Mike Bann

Bann Business Solutions

St Paul, MN

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