Since 1872, mail fraud has been considered for the most part a federal crime. Federal crimes are usually punished more harshly than those prosecuted at the state level. If you have been accused of mail fraud, our Los Angeles mail fraud defense attorneys are ready to fight on your behalf. At The Justice Firm, we believe that every individual's legal rights should be protected when accused of a crime. Our experience, skill, and dedication make our firm an outstanding choice for legal guidance and representation.
Essentially, mail fraud is a criminal offense which involves using the mail system in an effort to defraud other individuals of money or property. In many situations, those who are charged with other fraudulent crimes such as bank, tax, Medicare, or mortgage fraud may also be charged with mail fraud. There are many defenses an attorney may use which may be effective in defending you against the charges, depending on the facts of your case. We urge you to contact our Los Angeles criminal defense firm immediately in order to protect your freedom and future.
Definition of Mail Fraud and Criminal Penalties
18 U.S.C. Section 1341 makes it a crime for any individual to use the mail system as part of a plan or scheme to conduct fraudulent activity against someone else. However, every person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. In order for you to be convicted of mail fraud, there are three elements which must be proven by federal prosecutors. These include:
- A scheme or plan exists for the purpose of defrauding someone else of personal or real property, or money
- Mail communication is used to commit the fraud, whether through the USPS or Federal Express, UPS, or other private service
- You had the intent to commit fraud
Many people do not realize the serious consequences they may face for an act as simple as mailing a letter in an effort draw others into a scheme, such as selling real estate. When a document or piece of mail contains lies designed to defraud another of money or property, you may face a substantial number of years in prison along with steep fines if convicted. In fact, if convicted of mail fraud involving a financial institution, you may face fines of up to $1,000,000 along with up to 30 years in prison.
Los Angeles Mail Fraud Defense Lawyer
At The Justice Firm, we are committed to helping clients who have been arrested for or charged with mail fraud avoid serious criminal penalties. Our goal is to protect your career, freedom, and reputation. If you have not been arrested but are under investigation, it is important to take action now; the earlier you do, the sooner we can begin work to limit the damage. We will work to fight the charges, vigorously pursuing the best possible outcome. Contact us today for unsurpassed legal representation at 310-914-2444.