Tampa Wire and Mail Fraud Defense Attorneys:
Wire Fraud and Mail Fraud are two similar but different charges a Defendant will often face if they are suspected of a white collar crime.
Mail fraud involves using the postal service or a private carrier in act of committing fraud against someone.
Wire fraud is committed when electronic communications are used in a scheme to defraud someone. Phone, Internet, e-mail, radio, television and wire are all defined as electronic forms of communication.
The U.S. Attorney's office files plenty of wire and mail fraud indictments in Florida courts throughout the year, and they also have a very high conviction rate. In order to bring these charges, the government must prove that a Defendant intentionally and knowingly created a scheme to defraud somebody else. In many cases, they are able to present these charges even if Florida state law was not violated.
If you are charged with a white collar criminal offense, it is important that you obtain experienced legal representation immediately, as the stakes are typically very high in these cases. Furthermore, many white collar crimes often lead to federal charges.
What conditions must the prosecution be able to prove in order to convict someone of wire or mail fraud?
In order for the prosecution to be able to get a conviction for wire or mail fraud, the following conditions must apply:
1.) The accused defendant must have knowingly obtained money or property under false pretenses, promises or representations or the accused knowingly devised or participated in a scheme to defraud a person, business, entity or organization.
2.) The false representation, pretenses, or promises made by the accused defendant are related to a material fact.
3.) The accused defendant orchestrated the misrepresentations with a willful intent to defraud
4.) The accused defendant must also have transmitted or caused to be transmitted by mail, wire, radio, or television in interstate commerce some type of communication for the purposes of executing their scheme to defraud.
Important factors to consider regarding Mail Fraud and Wire Fraud:
The type of mail or electronic communications used in the course of defrauding someone does not need to be an essential component in the fraud itself in order to justify the charges of wire or mail fraud.
- Just mentioning any part of the crime or scheme on the phone at all can be all it takes for the prosecution to charge someone with wire fraud.
- Even if you never mail or wire anything at all that is fraudulent, a person can still be charged with wire or mail fraud if their scheme causes alleged victims to wire or mail a defendant money.
- Each single instance of an electronic communication or mailing can be included as a separate mail or wire fraud count.
- If somebody else has a scheme in place and asks a person to mail something or make a phone call which relates to the scheme, they can also be charged with wire or mail fraud.
What types of crimes commonly see wire and mail fraud charges included?
Here in Florida, wire and mail fraud charges often accompany indictments charging:
Health Care Fraud
Honest Services Fraud
And when it comes to honest services fraud, Florida federal prosecutors often pursue these types of charges because honest services fraud is broad enough to cover many different types of conduct that Florida law prohibits. Charges of honest services fraud are often sought after when the prosecution has a difficult time proving other related fraud charges.
Why should I choose the Fernandez Law Group to defend me against wire or mail fraud charges?
When you come to Fernandez Law Group, you'll gain an instant advantage in your case as we provide you with a team of attorneys working on your defense. Additionally, our attorneys make up fewer than 10% of all Florida attorneys who are experienced and qualified to practice in federal courts.
Not only that, our team of attorneys includes a former prosecutor who has over 20 years experience working on that side of the courtroom. Because of that insight we are able to better communicate with the prosecution on your behalf, often reducing charges, bail amounts, and sentencing before a trial date is even discussed - and in some cases, trial may not even be necessary.
When you have a former prosecutor on your side, along with additional attorneys, and they're fewer than 10% in Florida who are qualified for federal practice, you are getting very solid representation that shows the prosecution you mean business.
Let us show you why we've continued to grow and gain the reputation we've achieved over the years.
Additional factors to consider when choosing your Wire or Mail Fraud Criminal Defense Attorney:
If you are looking for effective representation to defend against a criminal investigation or prosecution, your attorney is going to need an extensive knowledge of criminal statutes and rules, along with experience in dealing with the offices and agencies that are enforcing those laws.
The attorneys here at Fernandez Law Group have over 50 years combined legal experience in and out of the courtroom. This experience has given us an advantage as well as a strong ability to properly advocate for our clients which allows us to obtain even better results.
With a former prosecutor on our team who is now a lead defense attorney, we have even managed to negotiate issue resolutions and in many instances, we've even been able to convince the prosecuting agency to not file charges. This is why it is important you act as quickly as possible, the moment you're faced with any kind of charges. The quicker you talk to your attorney, the quicker they can help you.
When you come to Fernandez Law Group for your criminal defense, you get several advantages over many other law firms.
1.) You will be working with a team of attorneys, not just one attorney.
2.) Our attorneys are experienced and qualified to practice in state or federal courts.
3.) Our team of attorneys includes a former prosecutor with over 20 years experience for an added edge as we know how to work with the prosecution to achieve the best possible results for you.
White Collar Criminal Defense Attorneys play an important part in ensuring the criminal justice system remains fair and just for those they represent. We are here to make sure your rights remain protected.
At Fernandez Law Group, our Tampa White Collar Criminal Defense Attorneys have plenty of trial experience in and out of State and federal courts.
And because of our background, history, and reputation, we are able to work effectively with prosecutors and judges to provide you the best defense possible.
Call or Text us today at 813-489-3222 for a FREE consultation and case evaluation.
Content authored by Frank Fernandez