Unemployment fraud in New York is a growing concern due to the state of the economy over the law few years. Authorities in New York do prosecute these cases so hiring a lawyer now can help prevent you from being arrested.
Treat this situation very seriously
Unemployment fraud in New York is not always taken seriously at first. In fact, some people don't even consider it a crime. I often hear: "If I give back the money, will the case go away" or something along those lines. That's like saying, if I steal a car and give it back, will the case go away? Of course not! People do get arrested for these crimes. New York treats unemployment fraud seriously and you should too.
Anything you say can be used against you
Because a lot of people don't take these cases seriously, a lot of people try to handle these cases by themselves. Unfortunately, a lot of these people may made admissions that will later be used against them. If you do this and then try to hire a lawyer to help you out, there may be little the lawyer can do to help. Your own words will be used against you. Even if you don't make a direct confession, certain things you say could be used to prove your guilt later on. Remember, you don't know what you are doing.
When to hire a lawyer
Based upon the above, it should be obvious that you should hire a lawyer before you do anything. At the first sign of trouble, call a lawyer and discuss the case with him or her. Once you have hired the lawyer, he or she should do everything for you. However, you still want to make sure you know what the plan is. What is the strategy to make sure that you are not arrested or convicted? A careful and well executed plan can help you avoid arrest and therefore avoid conviction. If you have to pay New York some money back, your lawyer should be able to work out a payment plan.
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