Portland, OR asked in Criminal Law, Contracts and Business Law for Oregon

Q: Is this a civil or criminal issue?

I was working with a guy on his business. I created a website for him and I was working on a crowdfunding campaign for him. I guess I didn't complete the project fast enough for him and now he is saying he is gonna press charges on me for fraud and theft and contacted a lawyer. Is this a civil issue or should I be prepared for a criminal situation?

3 Lawyer Answers
Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL

A: Generally, fraud in a commercial matter only occurs when the prosecution can prove that you never intended to do the work or had a history of not performing work

Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman
Answered
  • Portland, OR
  • Licensed in Oregon

A: What you are describing sure sounds like a civil issue. The police pretty much avoid getting involved in civil disputes. It sounds like just a threat to see if you will get scared and do whatever he is asking you to do. If you are concerned you might want to contact your own lawyer to discuss otherwise wait and see what he does.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
Answered

A: From the brief facts at hand, it appears that you were late in completing a project. That doesn't amount to fraud. Fraud generally requires some form of deliberate conduct with the intent of deceiving the other side into doing something to its detriment. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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