Securities Fraud and Blue Sky Laws
Often, people who find themselves facing criminal charges for securities fraud or Ponzi schemes did not set out to commit any criminal acts.
- Sometimes they are business owners who promised a minimum return on investment funds that was unachievable and who then tried to shield their investors from losses by paying returns when the business had no profits by using the funds of other investors.
- Sometimes they were investors who became “finders,” to bring other investors into an investment scheme.
- Sometimes a business owner does not intend to misrepresent the financial position of the company, but has unrealistic expectations that the financial situation will become more favorable — but then it fails to improve.
Of course, sometimes there is an outright intent to deceive.
Regardless of the situation that led to you facing criminal charges for investment fraud, you have legal rights and you deserve a strong defense. At the Salt Lake City law office of Greg Smith and Associates, we are not here to judge you. We are here to advocate for you in court.
If you are facing felony or misdemeanor charges in state or federal court, contact the Utah investment fraud attorneys at our firm. Your initial consultation is free. Call 801-651-1512. We have offices in West Jordan and Park City.
Thorough, Effective Defense Against Financial Fraud Charges
Our lead attorneys have prosecutorial experience, and one was even a police officer trainer. You can feel confident knowing that we are well-prepared to handle your case. We have an excellent reputation with prosecutors that often enables us to successfully negotiate a better resolution to investment fraud cases involving charges such as:
- An investment adviser or broker guaranteeing a future return
- Fraud in the offer and sale of securities
- Misinforming investors about the risks of an investment
- Falsely representing the value of a security
- Failing to adjust the fair market value of securities
- Ignoring lower valuations and failing to employ fair valuation practices
- Fraud in the method of purchase or sale of securities
- Misrepresenting one’s level of due diligence
- Sale of securities by an unregistered broker
- Registration violations with securities offerings and promissory notes
- Pattern of unlawful activity
- Ponzi schemes
- Stock fraud
Contact a Salt Lake Securities Fraud Lawyer
When you call our firm, you can speak directly with a criminal defense lawyer, day or night, weekends and holidays. Call 801-651-1512. To schedule a free initial consultation at our office in West Jordan or Park City, contact our Salt Lake City, Utah, criminal defense lawyers.