If you are being charged with wire fraud, you need to speak with a federal criminal defense lawyer right away. Using the Internet, or other electronic devices, to obtain money or assets that aren’t yours can bring with it severe penalties. If you’re being accused of fraudulent activity, you need legal help fast. Call us to get a free consult. We will fight for your rights.
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Wire Fraud Charges
Currently, federal criminal law includes separate provisions for mail fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud, and several other types of fraudulent conduct. Virtually any type of business activity may have a potential risk for fraud. Fraud can occur in heavily regulated industries.
In businesses that are contracted with the government, instances of criminal fraud prosecutions tend to be much higher. Companies are commonly the main targets of a criminal fraud prosecution. However, executives and employees, even in large corporations, are commonly charged individually with fraud violations as well.
Wire fraud means that electronic communication systems were used to carry out a scheme in which a person seeks to illegally acquire money, assets, or property. Electronic communication systems usually refers to the use of telephone, fax, or the Internet. Have you been accused of using an electronic device to obtain assets that weren’t yours? Whether it was a setup, a misunderstanding, or an error, you need a swift and savvy legal team behind you from the start. As experienced defense lawyers, we will investigate all aspects of your case to build a solid defense for you. Call us to set up your free consult now.
In order to convict someone of wire fraud, there are three things that need to be proven in court. First, it needs to be proven that there was in fact a scheme to commit wire fraud. Second, the defendant (you) must have knowingly and willingly participated in this scheme with the intent to defraud a person or a company. Third, it must be shown that wire communication systems were used to further this scheme.
While it can be challenging for the prosecution to prove these things, the jury is often unforgiving in such cases. We will work to force the prosecution to prove that you were guilty of these three things without a shadow of a doubt. In the online world, this can be challenging. Don’t go through this alone -- a criminal defense attorney who has your best interest at heart is the best move for you right now. Call us and see how we can help.
Those who are convicted can face up to 20 years of jail time and a hefty fine. If the wire fraud scheme involved the defrauding of a financial institution, then a conviction may result in a 30 year jail sentence and up to a million dollars in fines.
Wire Fraud Defense Lawyer
Wire fraud cases often involve large amounts of highly complicated financial and technical info. You need a defense lawyer who can navigate the law in your honor. Proof of the intent to commit wire fraud is a required element in its prosecution, which means there are many legal strategies that may be used in defending against such charges.
At a basic level, a successful defense our firm would use would challenge the fundamental elements of the wire fraud case. Unless the government can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that every single element of the case is true, they will have a hard time convicting you. You need an attorney who has the experience, knowledge and skill needed to help you protect yourself when it comes to federal criminal charges. Call us to find out what your next step is.
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The law firm of Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant, & Knight are here to help those who are fighting criminal charges. Call today if you have been accused of wire fraud in Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, or Columbiana.