Nevada Defense Attorney Explains Mail Fraud
Mail fraud is some of the most serious types of fraud crimes that you could be charged with. Both mail fraud and wire fraud are federal offenses made illegal within the United States code. This means you could be charged with a federal crime and could possibly be sent to federal prison upon conviction.
For defendants in Las Vegas and Clark County, it is also possible that the conduct that gives rise to federal mail fraud charges could also be illegal in the state and could lead to prosecution by local authorities as well. Although federal cases are typically higher-stakes cases with draconian potential penalties imposed upon conviction, even being charged with a crime on the state level could derail your life and could result in the loss of your freedom.
You need to be proactive in responding after an accusation of mail fraud, wire fraud, or other types of fraudulent conduct so you can determine best how to respond to the charges that could lead to a lengthy jail sentence upon conviction.
A Vegas mail fraud lawyer can provide help in responding to accusations and protecting your interests going forward. To find out more about how our firm can fight on your behalf in connection with wire and mail fraud crimes, give us a call today.
Federal Laws on Wire Fraud
The federal law prohibiting wire fraud is found in 18 U.S. Code section 1343. According to the relevant law, anyone who devises or intends to devise a scheme to defraud or obtain money by false or fraudulent pretenses could be charged with wire fraud if that individual transmits, or causes to be transmitted, any sounds, pictures, writings, or signals via wire, radio, or television communication in connection with the scheme.
For a defendant to be charged under this federal law, the defendant must transmit something in connection with the scheme by making use of wire, radio, or television communications in interstate or foreign commerce.
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A defendant who uses wire, radio, or TV in any way to transmit information in furtherance of a scheme to defraud or to unlawfully obtain money or property under false pretenses can face harsh punishment. The defendant, if convicted, can be penalized with up to 20 years of imprisonment as well as a fine. If the defendant’s scheme is connected in any way to benefits made available as a result of a major disaster or emergency, the penalty could actually be worse, as defendants could be sentenced to 30 years of imprisonment and a maximum fine of $1,000,0000.
Federal Laws on Mail Fraud
Mail fraud is prohibited under a different statute in the same part of the federal code. The law prohibiting mail fraud is found in 18 U.S. Code section 1341, which is the section of the U.S. code that addresses fraud crimes.
According to the relevant law, anyone who devises, or intends to devise, a scheme or artifice to defraud can be charged with fraud if that individual posts in a post office or authorized mail depository anything connected to the scheme in the mail. You can be charged when you cause something to be delivered by mail or any private or commercial interstate carrier or can be charged if you knowingly receive items related to the scheme to defraud.
Mail fraud is a very serious criminal violation. A defendant convicted of mail fraud can face up to 20 years of imprisonment as well as a fine. If the mail fraud involves a scheme to defraud that is connected with benefits provided in relation to a major disaster or emergency, the penalty is even harsher. A defendant who engages in mail fraud in connection with an emergency or a disaster could be imprisoned for up to 30 years and could be fined as much as $1 million.
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Fraud Offenses in Nevada
Mail fraud is a federal offense, but the state of Nevada also criminalizes many different types of fraudulent behavior as well, including health care fraud, identity theft, insurance fraud, obtaining money by false pretenses, and more.
It is not up to you whether you are charged on the federal or state level for acts of fraud you commit. If you use the mail or wire services to engage in a type of conduct that is considered a form of fraud in Nevada, you could be charged with a fraud offense within the state and penalized. You could also be charged with mail or wire fraud on the federal level.
Federal penalties for mail fraud tend to be much more serious than penalties for fraud in Nevada, and federal prosecutors have endless resources to prosecute cases against defendants who they believe have engaged in fraudulent conduct.
Getting Help from a Nevada Fraud Crimes Lawyer
If you have been accused of mail fraud, wire fraud, or any fraud crimes in Nevada or on the federal level, you need a Las Vegas Federal defense attorney with skill and experience to fight for your rights. LV Criminal Defense can provide the help that you need to respond to fraud charges and to try to protect your future.
Our firm has successfully represented many defendants in federal court cases connected to mail and wire fraud. We understand how to evaluate the evidence that prosecutors have against you and to look for ways to introduce reasonable doubt so avoiding conviction becomes possible. We also provide assistance in the effective negotiation of a plea agreement that could reduce charges down to lesser offenses so you limit the severity of possible penalties that you face.
To find out more about the ways in which our Nevada criminal defense law firm can help you to respond to wire and mail fraud accusations so you can develop the right legal strategy necessary to protect your future, give us a call today.