Tampa Civil Fraud Lawyer
Whether as a plaintiff or as a defendant, being involved in a civil fraud case can be an overwhelming and emotional experience. At the law office of Trombley & Hanes, our Tampa civil fraud lawyers can provide legal representation and guidance throughout the duration of your civil fraud case, helping to protect your interests and secure the best possible case outcome. As experienced civil fraud attorneys with a reputation of excellence, we are ready to start working on your case today and can represent both plaintiffs and defendants in civil fraud litigation. Call now to get started.
What Is a Civil Fraud Claim?
While some fraud cases are prosecuted in criminal court and lead to criminal penalties, even those criminal cases will not lead to civil damages for any victims. In order for a victim of a fraud to recoup monetary damages in most cases, they must pursue a civil action. A civil fraud case usually involves a deceitful, fraudulent, dishonest, or unfair behavior that results in actual damages to the plaintiff. For example, common types of civil fraud include:
- Marriage fraud
- Contract fraud
- Repair fraud
- Warranty fraud
- Credit card fraud
- Telemarketing fraud
- Check fraud
- Internet fraud
- Consumer fraud
The above list is not inclusive.
Remedies in a Civil Fraud Case
Under Florida statutes section 772.11, civil remedies for theft or exploitation are three times the amount of damages. Under another law, the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Practices Act, damages recoverable in a civil claim include attorneys’ fees, monetary damages, and declaratory relief. If you are pursuing a civil fraud claim or have been named as a defendant in a civil fraud case, it’s important to speak with an attorney about what damages may be applicable in your case.
Elements of a Civil Fraud Claim
In order to win in a civil fraud claim, the plaintiff must be able to establish the following:
- There was a false assertion made by the defendant
- The defendant knew that the assertion was false
- The plaintiff relied on the false information to make some decision or enter a contract
- The plaintiff’s reliance on the fraudulent information was reasonable
- The plaintiff suffered actual economic injury as a result
Remember that it is the duty of the plaintiff to prove these elements; the defendant does not have the burden of proof.
Work with a Tampa Civil Fraud Lawyer Today
If you are involved in a civil fraud case, working with a skilled Tampa civil fraud lawyer is in your best interests. Whether you’re pursuing a case or defending yourself, you need an attorney who knows the law, can build your case and your strategy, and work to protect your interests.
At the office of Trombley & Hanes, our experienced Tampa civil fraud lawyer is here to work for you. We know that being involved in a civil fraud claim can be an overwhelming and confusing legal experience. Our team has years of legal experience and a strong reputation. To learn more, reach out to us by phone or online today to get started.