Mail and wire fraud are crimes that are charged at the federal level, which means one will be aggressively prosecuted by an experienced and skilled legal and investigative team.
If you are charged with either type of fraud, you will want a savvy, knowledgeable, and successful criminal defense team handling your case.
Understanding Mail Fraud and Wire Fraud
Mail fraud involves using the U.S. Postal Service or carriers such as Federal Express of United Parcel Service to purposefully attempt to defraud someone of their property.
In order to be charged with mail fraud, you do not have to have completed the fraudulent scheme or been successful in your efforts. Intent is enough to draw charges from law enforcement and to result in a conviction by federal prosecutors.
- The prosecution must prove that these three primary elements were in place:
- The intent on the defendant’s part to defraud someone.
- The defendant’s participation in a plan or scheme to commit fraud.
- The defendant’s use or their intention to use the mail in some manner to progress or further fraud.
- At least one state line must have been crossed.
- The use of or plan to use electronic communications to help facilitate of implement the fraud.
Wire fraud utilizes any of various types of electronic communication, including:
Again, mail fraud does not have to have been successfully employed or completed for fraud to be charged.
Defending Against Federal Fraud Charges
The government must prove the above points and that the defendant participated in a scheme with the knowledge that they were committing fraud. If charged, your attorney may be able to show that you acted in an honest manner and in good faith, and that you were not aware of the planned fraud.
To prove that one acted in good faith, your attorney may show that you acted in accordance with industry standards and practices, that you sought the counsel of another respected professional or a lawyer prior to engaging in the activity, or that upon becoming aware of the fraud, you contacted those being defrauded and/or cooperated with investigators.
Federal Mail Fraud and Wire Fraud Defense Attorney Miami
In defending you, the legal professionals at The Law Office of Paul J. Donnelly, P.A., will utilize the strongest defense possible, while protecting your rights. They will work hard to make sure that the government is held to the highest standards when attempting to prove their case. If you have been charged with mail fraud or wire fraud, do not try to fight these charges alone. The federal government is equipped with an army of seasoned and skilled investigators, experts, and prosecutors. When charged you must first and foremost preserve your rights, including those that guarantee you due process, a fair trial, and equal protection of the law. At The Law Office of Paul J. Donnelly, P.A., located in Miami, Florida, we have extensive experience and success in defending those who are charged with the white collar crimes of wire fraud or mail fraud. For questions or concerns regarding wire or mail fraud, contact us today at 305-757-3331. Federal crime attorneys in Miami at The Law Office of Paul J. Donnelly, P.A. have the experience, skill, and knowledge to provide you with the type of defense services that you require when facing federal prosecutors. Get the personalized defense services that you deserve. Call us today.