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If you have been charged with a violation of unemployment benefits, you could face numerous penalties, including a felony-level conviction. It is imperative that you seek the services of a skilled and seasoned Scottsdale criminal defense lawyer right away. Former prosecutor Ryan Michael Garvey has nearly 20 years of experience and knows every aspect of the law from both sides of the courtroom.

Arizona Laws Regarding Unemployment Benefits

The statute A.R.S. 23-771 provides details about individuals’ rights and eligibility for filing for unemployment. If you are found to be in violation, you could face several consequences, including jail time.

The following individuals are eligible for benefits under the law:

  • The individual has registered for work
  • The individual has made a claim to receive benefits
  • The individual is willing and able to work
  • The individual has been making a conscious effort to gain employment
  • The individual has been receiving wages for a certain period of time before being employed

Under § A.R.S. 23-785, one may be considered guilty of committing fraud under these circumstances:

Any person who knowingly makes a false statement or representation believing it to be false or who knowingly fails to disclose a material fact in order to obtain or increase a benefit or other payment under this chapter either for himself or for another person, or under an employment security law of another state, the federal government or a foreign government, is guilty of a class 6 felony. Each such false statement or representation or failure to disclose a material fact shall constitute a separate offense.”

Falsifying your circumstances to obtain unemployment benefits may entail charges as serious as a class 6 felony, and could include imprisonment. Our experienced Scottsdale criminal defense lawyer may be invaluable in your case negotiations, working to reduce and even obtain dismissed charges for thousands of clients!

Get a Former Prosecutor on Your Case

If you are currently being investigated for a possible unemployment benefits violation or unemployment fraud, we urge you to contact Sonoran Law Group. Our founding attorney Ryan M. Garvey has personally handled countless Unemployment Benefit Violation cases that resulted in extremely positive outcomes.  Contact Sonoran Law Group today for your consultation.