Sentencing powers under the Fraud Act vary hugely and can range from a community order or a fine to substantial custodial sentences including life imprisonment for the common law offence of Cheating the Revenue.
Read more about the current definitive Sentencing Guidelines on the Sentencing Council website.
Janes Solicitors will advise you on the potential range of sentences and options in your case. We will help you understand how to apply the guidelines.
- Harm – what was the actual intended loss to the victim as a result of the fraud? What impact did the fraud have overall?
- Culpability – what was the accused person’s role in the fraud, i.e. was there an extensive plan and strategy behind the alleged crime or was the fraud opportunistic?
- What is the monetary value of the case?
- What are the aggravating and mitigating factors of the case?
Cases are always considered on their own facts which can sometimes result in very different sentences for what appear to be similar offences.
Janes Solicitors will make sure the Courts are aware of all the arguments in your favour and any mitigation which may help to reduce any potential sentence.