Mail and wire fraud are charged in many different situations, often in addition to other white collar crime or drug charges. Charges of mail and wire fraud up the stakes, increasing the potential penalties that you face.
Under federal law, wire fraud involves using "interstate wires" to transmit information for the purpose of carrying out a scheme to defraud others.
Usually, wire fraud is an issue when people allegedly use technology as part of a scheme to deceive others. The government adds the charge when technology is used to unlawfully obtain money, services, goods or other valuables. The penalties for wire fraud may include up to 20 years in prison, along with fines. If a financial institution is affected or targeted, the penalties may increase to up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.
Mail fraud charges are often brought against alleged drug dealers who send controlled substances such as cocaine, methamphetamine or heroin through the mail. In the United States, federal postal inspectors can obtain search warrants to open suspicious packages and inspect the contents. Often, these packages are repackaged and delivered to the intended recipient – along with a team of DEA agents or other law enforcement officials.
The repercussions of a wire or mail fraud charge or conviction may haunt you for life. You may face up to three decades in prison for a conviction of this kind. Even if you do not receive the maximum sentence, you still may face a ruined reputation and career, difficulty getting employment, and lost financial and housing opportunities.
Involving an attorney as soon as possible may be essential to the outcome of your case, particularly if your attorney is able to launch a pre-file investigation and work to counter the federal investigation against you.
If you or someone you know has been accused of mail or wire fraud, it is critical to take legal action as soon as possible. Seek advice from a Phoenix fraud lawyer who can defend your rights and help you avoid a conviction and harsh penalties. At Suzuki Law Offices, we can help. Our skilled attorneys are former prosecutors who use in-depth knowledge to achieve the favorable results for people who have been accused of white collar crimes.
Our Phoenix criminal lawyers do everything in our power to reduce the consequences of a white collar crime arrest. We work with you to help you get back home, spend time with your family and get the right treatment necessary so that you fully comply with court orders.
To begin protecting your rights, contact Suzuki Law Offices at (602) 842-6762 for a free and confidential consultation today.