Former State's Attorney With Over 35 Years of Experience

Fraud cases draw the ire of prosecutors as they directly involve violating the trust of another. While many crimes of violence can be blamed on emotional outbursts, fraud cases often require planning and society takes an unforgiving view of the defendants. If you are charged in such a matter it is important to understand that your case may involve complex issues and that you require aggressive representation. Michael J. Brennan in a Chicago criminal defense attorney handling fraud cases in both state and federal court. Contact our Orland Park office today to speak with an attorney.


Fraud cases come in many forms. They may include allegations of passing a bad check which had insufficient funds, allegations of identity theft, allegations of forgery, or other charges. Depending on the circumstances the case may involve a misdemeanor, a felony, or charges in federal court. Penalties can range from less than a year in jail for a misdemeanor conviction to serving time in prison after being sentenced under the federal sentencing guidelines.

The first step in a felony case, whether state or federal, is for the accused to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty at an arraignment. For more complicated cases it may be necessary to retain a forensic accountant to build a defense that fraud in fact did not occur. It may also be necessary to retain handwriting experts as well as other types of professionals in matters involving forgery. In simpler matters, such as those involving bad checks, it will be necessary to establish facts such as whether the checks were post dated. All possible defenses and issues must be presented to the jury in a way that is easily understandable and not in the form of complex financial jargon. It is, therefore, crucial that you hire an attorney who is experienced in such matters.

Michael is a Chicago lawyer defending people against allegations of fraud, forgery, identity theft, etc. Michael is a former prosecutor with over thirty years of legal experience. Once retained he will immediately analyze the evidence against you and put a plan in place to build a defense. This may include filing to exclude evidence which was illegally seized, retaining experts to show that the allegations are false, and acquiring financial records which paint a larger picture. He will ensure that you are prepared for trial, that you know what to expect from the process, and that you are provided with the highest level of service. Contact our office today to speak with our attorney.


Chicago is a city which is struggling financially. People in today’s world have enough to worry about and the service provided by their attorney should not be another cause for concern. Michael regularly provides clients with his cell phone number, quickly responds to messages, and makes himself available to answer questions. Our office is ready to assist you.

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