Deceptive Practices Attorney

Have you been accused of Deceptive Practices in Illinois?

Criminal Defense Attorneys - DUI Lawyers - Juvenile LawyersIf you have been arrested, or are you facing criminal charges, for Deceptive Practices (720 ILCS 5/17-1) or related crime in Illinois, then it is critical that you speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.

Except for your lawyer, do not talk with anyone else regarding the issue, specifically the authorities, until you have sought advice from with an experienced criminal lawyer like those at the Law Offices of Winer & Winer. Your silence is almost always your best option when you are facing criminal charges. You are under no obligation to talk to the authorities. Rather, you should politely, but firmly, refuse to do so without your attorney present.

At the Law Offices of Winer & Winer, we have years of experience, familiarity with the local courts and law enforcement, and the knowledge to assist you.

Call us today to learn how our criminal defense lawyers can safeguard your rights and work toward the best achievable result in your case.

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Deceptive Practices (720 ILCS 5/17-1)

A person commits a deceptive practice when, with intent to defraud, the person does any of the following:
(1) He or she knowingly causes another, by deception or threat, to execute a document disposing of property or a document by which a pecuniary obligation is incurred.
(2) Being an officer, manager or other person participating in the direction of a financial institution, he or she knowingly receives or permits the receipt of a deposit or other investment, knowing that the institution is insolvent.
(3) He or she knowingly makes a false or deceptive statement addressed to the public for the purpose of promoting the sale of property or services.

Bad checks.  A person commits a deceptive practice when:
(1) With intent to obtain control over property or to pay for property, labor or services of another, or in satisfaction of an obligation for payment of tax under the Retailers’ Occupation Tax Act or any other tax due to the State of Illinois, he or she issues or delivers a check or other order upon a real or fictitious depository for the payment of money, knowing that it will not be paid by the depository. The trier of fact may infer that the defendant knows that the check or other order will not be paid by the depository and that the defendant has acted with intent to defraud when the defendant fails to have sufficient funds or credit with the depository when the check or other order is issued or delivered, or when such check or other order is presented for payment and dishonored on each of 2 occasions at least 7 days apart. In this paragraph (B)(1), “property” includes rental property (real or personal).
(2) He or she issues or delivers a check or other order upon a real or fictitious depository in an amount exceeding $150 in payment of an amount owed on any credit transaction for property, labor or services, or in payment of the entire amount owed on any credit transaction for property, labor or services, knowing that it will not be paid by the depository, and thereafter fails to provide funds or credit with the depository in the face amount of the check or order within 7 days of receiving actual notice from the depository or payee of the dishonor of the check or order.

A person commits false statement bank fraud if he or she, with intent to defraud, makes or causes to be made any false statement in writing in order to obtain an account with a bank or other financial institution, or to obtain credit from a bank or other financial institution, or to obtain services from a currency exchange, knowing such writing to be false, and with the intent that it be relied upon.
For purposes of this subsection (C), a false statement means any false statement representing identity, address, or employment, or the identity, address, or employment of any person, firm, or corporation.
(2) Possession of stolen or fraudulently obtained checks.

A person commits possession of stolen or fraudulently obtained checks when he or she possesses, with the intent to obtain access to funds of another person held in a real or fictitious deposit account at a financial institution, makes a false statement or a misrepresentation to the financial institution, or possesses, transfers, negotiates, or presents for payment a check, draft, or other item purported to direct the financial institution to withdraw or pay funds out of the account holder’s deposit account with knowledge that such possession, transfer, negotiation, or presentment is not authorized by the account holder or the issuing financial institution. A person shall be deemed to have been authorized to possess, transfer, negotiate, or present for payment such item if the person was otherwise entitled by law to withdraw or recover funds from the account in question and followed the requisite procedures under the law. If the account holder, upon discovery of the withdrawal or payment, claims that the withdrawal or payment was not authorized, the financial institution may require the account holder to submit an affidavit to that effect on a form satisfactory to the financial institution before the financial institution may be required to credit the account in an amount equal to the amount or amounts that were withdrawn or paid without authorization.

Possession of implements of check fraud.
A person commits possession of implements of check fraud when he or she possesses, with the intent to defraud and without the authority of the account holder or financial institution, any check imprinter, signature imprinter, or “certified” stamp

To achieve the best possible outcome in your case, you must act quickly and find a competent, experienced criminal defense attorney to help you fight your charges of Deceptive Practices.

Deceptive Practices Defense Attorneys in Waukegan, Illinois

Selecting the most effective criminal defense lawyer to handle your Deceptive Practices case can be a difficult choice. But with over 50 years of combined legal experience and extensive trial work, you can be sure that by an opting for the Law Offices of Winer & Winer you have made the best choice. We are very respected within the legal community and have a track record for vigorous advocacy for our clients. The criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Winer & Winer are among the best legal strategists and trial attorneys in Lake County, Illinois.

Working Tirelessly to Protect the Rights of the Accused

Let the criminal defense attorneys at the Law Office of Winer and Winer put their knowledge and experience to work for you, just as we have for thousands of satisfied clients.

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“I feel very privileged to write this recommendation for Attorney David Winer. He is an excellent lawyer. I was facing two similar felony charges — one in Lake County and the other from another county in IL—these were for financial/check deception related crimes. Attorney Winer not only represented me with the utmost professionalism and skill in my Lake County case, but also communicated with my legal representation in the other county to formulate an effective strategy to deal with both offenses concurrently resulting in a successful and fair disposition of both cases. He not only met all of my expectations, but exceeded them. He gained my full and complete trust. Attorney Winer made certain I was kept informed of each and every development. He stayed in constant contact with me (I was incarcerated) as well as my family to answer any and all questions, and was never too busy to take the calls or see me. His assistant did a superb job as well, answering any questions and making sure concerns were addressed and communicated to Mr. Winer — regardless if they came from myself or family. Attorney Winer truly cares and I knew I could rely on him for a fair and proportioned disposition of my case. Had it not been for Attorney Winer’s exceptional skills and compelling arguments, I believe without a doubt I would be incarcerated at this very moment, quite possibly for many years. I am so grateful, thankful and truly blessed that I retained his services, and he accepted me as a client. In closing, my unsolicited advice is for everyone to obey all of the laws of this great country and not get into trouble. However, in the event you find yourself, as I did, having made a horrible mistake(s) and the worst decisions imaginable, in need of a highly skilled and extraordinary attorney, then do not hesitate to contact David J. Winer.” ~ By a client, as written on the AVVO website.

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Experience matters. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Winer and Winer have years of trial experience. We know the local prosecutors, law enforcement and judges. We are very familiar with all elements of the local court system. Put our expertise and knowledge to work for you. We are committed to helping you get through the process to attain your greatest possible end result. Set up your initial consultation right away so we can start the process of assessing how good your prospects are for a favorable conclusion in court, or at the negotiating table.

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Crimes Related to Deceptive Practices

The Criminal Defense Attorneys at the Law Office of Winer and Winer are you best choice to help you with charges of Deceptive Practices and other crimes related to Deception and Fraud. The list is long, for example:

Deceptive practices, 720 ILCS 5/17-1
False personation; solicitation, 720 ILCS 5/17-2
Forgery, 720 ILCS 5/17-3
Deceptive sale of gold or silver, 720 ILCS 5/17-3.5
Deceptive collection practices, 720 ILCS 5/17-5
Unlawful attempt to collect compensated debt against a crime victim, 720 ILCS 5/17-5.5
Deceptive advertising, 720 ILCS 5/17-5.


State benefits fraud, 720 ILCS 5/17-6
WIC fraud, 720 ILCS 5/17-6.3
Persons under deportation order; ineligibility for benefits, 720 ILCS 5/17-6.5
False information on an application for employment with certain public or private agencies; use of false academic degree, 20 ILCS 5/17-8.3
Fraud on a governmental entity, 720 ILCS 5/17-8.5
Public aid wire and mail fraud, 720 ILCS 5/17-9
Businesses owned by minorities, females, and persons with disabilities; fraudulent contracts with governmental units, 720 ILCS 5/17-10.2
Deception relating to certification of disadvantaged business enterprises, 720 ILCS 5/17-10.3


Insurance fraud, 720 ILCS 5/17-10.5
Financial institution fraud, 720 ILCS 5/17-10.6
Insurance claims for excessive charges, 720 ILCS 5/17-10.7


Odometer or hour meter fraud, 720 ILCS 5/17-11
Installation of object in lieu of air bag, 720 ILCS 5/17-11.2
Tampering with a security, fire, or life safety system, 720 ILCS 5/17-11.5
Fraud in transfers of real and personal property, 720 ILCS 5/17-13
Fraud in stock transactions, 720 ILCS 5/17-17
Obstructing gas, water, or electric current meters, 720 ILCS 5/17-20
Obstructing service meters, 720 ILCS 5/17-21
Mail fraud and wire fraud, 720 ILCS 5/17-24
Misconduct by a corporate official, 720 ILCS 5/17-26
Fraud on creditors, 720 ILCS 5/17-27
Defaced, altered, or removed manufacturer or owner identification number, 720 ILCS 5/17-30


False statement to procure credit or debit card, 720 ILCS 5/17-3
Possession of another’s credit, debit, or identification card, 720 ILCS 5/17-32
Possession of lost or mislaid credit or debit card, 720 ILCS 5/17-33
Sale of credit or debit card, 720 ILCS 5/17-34
Use of credit or debit card as security for debt, 720 ILCS 5/17-35
Use of counterfeited, forged, expired, revoked, or unissued credit or debit card, 720 ILCS 5/17-36
Use of credit or debit card with intent to defraud, 720 ILCS 5/17-37
Use of account number or code with intent to defraud; possession of record of charge forms, 720 ILCS 5/17-38
Receipt of goods or services, 720 ILCS 5/17-39
Signing another’s card with intent to defraud, 720 ILCS 5/17-40
Altered or counterfeited card, 720 ILCS 5/17-41
Possession of incomplete card, 720 ILCS 5/17-42
Prohibited deposits, 720 ILCS 5/17-43
Fraudulent use of electronic transmission, 720 ILCS 5/17-44
Payment of charges without furnishing item of value, 720 ILCS 5/17-45
Furnishing items of value with intent to defraud, 720 ILCS 5/17-46
Failure to furnish items of value, 720 ILCS 5/17-47


Computer fraud, 720 ILCS 5/17-50
Computer tampering, 720 ILCS 5/17-51
Aggravated computer tampering, 720 ILCS 5/17-52
Unlawful use of encryption, 720 ILCS 5/17-52.5


Financial exploitation of an elderly person or a person with a disability, 720 ILCS 5/17-56
Defrauding drug and alcohol screening tests, 720 ILCS 5/17-57
Fraudulent production of infant, 720 ILCS 5/17-58
Criminal usury, 720 ILCS 5/17-59
Promotion of pyramid sales schemes, 720 ILCS 5/17-60
Unauthorized use of university stationery, 720 ILCS 5/17-61
Unlawful possession of device for manufacturing a false universal price code label, 720 ILCS 5/17-62

For more information about the above crimes see the Illinois Code for Deception and Fraud.

Click on the following links to learn more about a small sample of charges we defend for our clients at the Law Offices of Winer & Winer. Call our Criminal Defense Attorneys even f you are charged with a crime not listed below. We defend all felonies and misdemeanors.