Criminal Law / Financial Crimes

Financial crime covers a large umbrella of specific crimes relating to embezzlement, bank, loan or credit card fraud, money laundering and bounced cheques. When it comes to financial crimes, then you need a legal consultant who is familiar with all legislative developments in order to enable you take advantage of the best provisions that protect your interests.

Bank and Loan Fraud

Some people may face financial crises lead them to fail to meet their financial obligations or to repay a loan obtained from banks or funders

Mr. Elhais has advised many clients on bank guarantee letters. As he has drafted guarantee letters for some international banks in China and Hong Kong and advised many local banks in the UAE, Mr. Elhais is the best person who can advice you.

Bounced Cheques

Bounced cheques represent the crime which is far and away the most prosecuted in the country. People who are liable to be prosecuted for this crime must be proven to have: drawn a cheque with bad intention or without sufficient funds; handed over a cheque subsequently withdrawn all or part of the funds in the account rendering the remaining balance insufficient to cover the amount promised in the original cheque; given an order to their bank to stop the payment; or deliberately written a cheque in such a way as to void the cheque and make it non-payable

Individuals convicted in the UAE of such a crime are liable for:

  • A prison sentence ranging from a month to 3 years.
  • Hefty fines
  • A victim restitution order

Mr. Elhais is aware many people have been prosecuted for such a crime as a result of an honest mistake or simple oversight. At Al Rowaad Advocates the lawyers who work under his supervision vigorously defend clients and can guide you through the legal process in order to clear your name.

Credit Card Fraud

Credit card fraud is taken very seriously in the UAE and if convicted you can expect very harsh penalties. In order to mount a conviction, it must be proven that a stolen credit card was used to purchase items without the prior knowledge or authority of the card's rightful owner. Credit card fraud penalties may include:

  • A prison sentence
  • Hefty fines
  • Probation
  • A permanent mark on your criminal record

This kind of crime is stated in the criminal record of the sentenced.

If you find yourself in this situation, it is important you have advice from a criminal lawyer with experience in this type of crime.

Mr. Elhais understands the seriousness of a credit card fraud charge. He will work to maintain your freedom and, in the best case scenario, have all charges completely dismissed.


The crime of embezzlement is defined as the wrongful taking of property or money by a person who has been entrusted to look after it. It is a crime that frequently occurs in a professional environment and generally is committed by people with a degree of authority, such as CEOs, managers, executives, politicians and the like. In order for a conviction to stand, it must be shown property or money was taken that did not rightfully belong to the person taking it. In some cases embezzlement can amount to fraud.

In Dubai, embezzlement can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. In order to be charged with the crime of embezzlement, proof must be shown that the property or money embezzled was not your original property. Embezzlement can also be considered fraud and comes with a variety of penalties depending on severity, including:

  • A prison sentence
  • Hefty fines
  • A victim restitution order
  • Probation

Mr. Elhais has had excellent success resolving cases for clients who have been convicted of embezzlement. If you have been charged with this crime, you need immediate legal advice.

Mr. Elhais and lawyers working under his supervision will use their skill to mount a robust defence and will do all they can to keep you out of jail. Speak to Mr Elhais in order to determine the best course of action.


Forgery is the crime that occurs when a person poses as another and signs, creates or alters documents without that person's knowledge or consent. This is usually done for some financial advantage, such as cheque forgery.

Punishment includes:

  • A prison term
  • Hefty fines
  • Probation
  • This kind of crime is stated in the criminal record of the sentenced.

In cases where the forged item is a government or official document, prison sentences are even steeper attracting terms of up to 15 years.

If you find yourself charged with a forgery offence it is imperative you arrange immediate legal advice. Mr. Elhais will implement defensive strategies that will result in the best outcome for you.

Identity Theft

This act is the use of another's identity for the purpose of gaining an advantage, privileges or sums of money. It can include the theft of information or documents such as birth certificate, passport, driver's licence, banking, credit card and insurance information, and so on. Identity theft can relate to physical or cyber theft.

Penalties include:

  • Prison term of up to 30 years
  • Hefty fines
  • Probation
  • Mark in the criminal record.

If you find yourself charged with an identity theft offence, Mr. Elhais can assist you in planning a robust defence and trying to prove your innocence that will provide the best chance to achieve the best result.

Money Laundering

Money laundering is the term applied to the process of dissociating the proceeds of crime from its sources - or trying to make money obtained through illegal practices appear legal or "clean". The UAE government has enacted a wide variety of laws to face these types of crimes and subjected the same to investigation and trial in order to eradicate this practice. With the expansion of anti-money laundering programmes, criminal penalties for this crime have also substantially increased.

The local lawyers working in Mr. Elhais team at Al Rowaad Advocates & Legal Consultants are experienced in clients who are under investigation for such crimes. In past cases, they have successfully argued for charges to be dismissed and seized property returned

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