Mail and wire fraud are two of the most commonly used charges in federal fraud prosecutions. The Government has been focusing more on white collar crimes recently which has lead to more severe penalties for those types of crimes. The mail and wire fraud statutes allow federal prosecutors broad jurisdiction in fraud situations because almost all cases involving fraud can be charged under one of these statutes. It also gives prosecutors an opportunity to easily include these charges in the indictment in order to increase potential sentences.
Our fraud defense lawyers at Russell Mace & Associates, P.A. are very familiar with this area of the law and have over fifteen years of experience in federal court. We can assist you through any stage of the criminal process—investigatory stage, preliminary hearings, trial, plea negotiations, or sentencing. We strive to effectively represent each and every client while keeping them fully informed. We offer the best possible representation not only because of our invaluable experience, but also because of the close relationships that we develop with each and every client.
Mail fraud involves the use of the United States Postal Service in order to defraud or further fraudulent conduct and is governed by 18 U.S.C. § 1341. In order to be convicted of mail fraud, the Government must prove that the defendant (1) intentionally participated in a scheme to defraud and (2) used a United States mail system to carry out the scheme. To establish that there was a scheme to defraud, the Government is required to show that there was a material misrepresentation (i.e., knowingly causing someone to believe a fact or the nonexistence of a fact in making a decision in a transaction).
Each use of the federal mailing system constitutes a separate offense under an indictment. If you are charged with mail fraud, you may be facing up to 20 years imprisonment and large fines. If the violation affects a financial institution, you may be facing up to 30 years and fines up to $1,000,000. The severity of the penalties depends on the circumstances of the case and if you are being charged with additional offenses. Our mail fraud lawyers know all of the possible defenses and loopholes in these types of cases. If you or a loved one has been charged with mail fraud, contact our firm today for a free consultation or contact us online.
Wire fraud involves the use of interstate wire (i.e., television, radio, internet, telephone) in order to defraud or attempt to defraud. As with mail fraud, each separate instance of wire use for this purpose may result in a separate offense. Wire fraud is governed by 18 U.S.C. 1343 and requires the Government to prove that the defendant (1) intentionally devised a scheme to defraud and (2) used an electronic communication in furtherance of the scheme. If convicted, an individual is facing up to 20 years imprisonment and heavy fines. If the violation affects a financial institution, the penalties are even more severe, with an individual facing up to 30 years imprisonment and up to $1,000,000 in fines.
Fraud Defense Lawyer
Being charged with a federal offense can be a very frightening and intimidating experience. Federal charges are extremely serious and something you should not go through alone. Our criminal defense lawyers at Russell Mace & Associates, P.A. have the skill and knowledge necessary to effectively represent you with your case. We have mail fraud and wire fraud lawyers who handle federal cases in South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and New York. We have represented clients in numerous cities including Charleston, Florence, Columbia, Greenville, Savannah, Atlanta, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Naples, Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, and many other areas. If you or someone you know needs a mail fraud lawyer or wire fraud lawyer, contact our firm at 1-800-94-TRIAL for a free consultation or contact us online.