Deceptive Business Practices
New Hampshire looks out for consumers, keeping them safe from businesses with deceptive business practices.
If you have been accused of using deceptive business practices, you could be facing some real adversity. You should immediately get in touch with criminal defense attorney Michael Anzalone of The Anzalone Law Firm in Nashua, New Hampshire, to help get you out of what could be a real legal mess.
This is the kind of crime that can ruin you professionally and destroy your family.
So, make that call to a highly experienced lawyer who has helped lots of clients facing similar charges.
What does deceptive business practices even mean?
It's a wide-ranging claim that basically is meant to protect consumers in New Hampshire from businesses that don't provide the products or services that they advertise.
In New Hampshire, the Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau is there to provide information about scams and deceptive business practices to consumers who have been affected. And criminal defense attorneys are here to make sure the charges being brought against you are legitimate.
The state's statutes spell out the charges under RSA 358-A:1.
Basically, it is illegal in New Hampshire for anyone to use any "unfair method of competition" or "deceptive act" to conduct any kind of commerce transactions or sales. This includes, according to the state statutes, trying to pass off goods or services as those of another; causing confusion or misunderstanding about a service or product; representing goods as new if they are not; advertising goods or services with the intent of not selling what is advertised; or making false or misleading statements about the goods or services.
These acts and many more fall under the heading of deceptive business practices.
The state's attorney general can bring actions against an individual or company if he or she believes that trade or commerce is being conducted.
If you are found guilty of deceptive business practices, you could face civil penalties of up to $10,000 for each violation. The state statute also states that the attorney general's office may petition the court to appoint a receiver who would be in charge of the business to keep those charged from continuing with deceptive practices.
This is how far the state goes to protect consumers.
You will need to make sure you have legal counsel with the qualifications to go up against such aggressive measures from the state. Your attorney will let you know, based on the evidence, whether it's best for you to prepare to go to trial or to take a plea deal with prosecutors.
Remember, this is your reputation on the line and we want to make sure you get the best possible outcome in the case against you.
Also, keep in mind that criminal defense attorney Michael Anzalone and his associates are available to explain exactly what kinds of crimes and charges you are facing.
It's very important that you contact our office as soon as you are accused of deceptive business practices. Call us today for a free consultation.