Federal Mail and Wire Fraud Defense Attorneys
Representing the rights of individuals who have been accused of mail and wire fraud
Fraud is a broad term that encompasses a wide range of generally dishonest conduct. Federal law has criminalized a number of different types of fraud, including mail and wire fraud. Broadly speaking, mail and wire fraud refers to using the U.S. mail or various forms of electronic communication to engage in a fraudulent scheme. The statute is very broad and there is a wide range of commercial conduct that could potentially be prosecuted as mail and wire fraud. If you have been accused of mail or wire fraud, there are often many defenses that an attorney can raise in order to defend against allegations of fraudulent conduct.
To schedule a free consultation with our experienced federal criminal defense attorneys, call Duffy Law, LLC today at 203-946-2000.
Mail and wire fraud can take a variety of forms
Mail and wire fraud are actually two very similar but distinct offenses, each with different elements. Under federal law 18 U.S.C. § 1341, mail fraud occurs when an individual devised or intended to devise a scheme to defraud using the mail for the purpose of executing, or attempting to execute, the specified fraudulent acts. The wire fraud federal law, 18 U.S.C. § 1343 parallels the mail fraud statute but requires the use of an interstate telephone call or electronic communication in furtherance of the scheme. The type of electronic communication at issue can include email, fax, internet communications, cell phones, text messages, video chats, or instant messages. Any fraud scheme that involves the use of the mail or interstate wire is a federal crime and can include the following schemes:
Harsh mail and wire fraud laws mean that you may face terms of imprisonment up to twenty years if you are convicted of this offense. Additionally, often the mail and wire fraud case is brought against you in combination with other allegations of white collar offenses, which can only increase the penalties you face. Therefore, it is critical for you to discuss your options with an attorney familiar with federal mail and wire fraud cases as soon as possible.
Contact a federal mail and wire fraud defense lawyer today to retain legal counsel
If you have been accused of federal mail and wire fraud, you should not wait to contact an experienced federal defense lawyer. The penalties that can be imposed for a mail or wire fraud conviction can be extremely serious and may impact you for the rest of your life. Consequently, it is important to establish the strongest possible defense to any allegations of federal mail and wire fraud.
Former Assistant United States Attorney and federal prosecutor Felice Duffy, and former federal defender Paul Thomas have been involved in many cases, including wire and mail fraud, and have a comprehensive understanding of the federal criminal justice system. They blend their experience to bring a unique 360-degree approach to the criminal defense of every one of their clients, providing a zealous defense for each client they represent. Schedule a free consultation with Duffy Law, LLC, by calling our office today at 203-946-2000.