One of the most commonly prosecuted federal crimes is wire fraud. There a variety of activities that fall under the classification of wire fraud, which often goes hand in hand with mail fraud. A conviction on wire fraud charges can result in extremely severe penalties, including years of incarceration and thousands of dollars in fines. Therefore, it is essential that you get legal advice from a qualified Texas criminal defense attorney if you are being investigated for or charged with any type of wire fraud.
Wire fraud charges typically involve messages sent via one or more means of communication, such as wire, radio, television, telephone, fax, email, or another type of internet messaging system. Each message that a person sends qualifies as a separate count of wire fraud. This is important to understand, since each count of wire fraud can lead to a fine of up to $250,000, or, in the case of a financial institution or presidentially declared major disaster or emergency, up to $1 million per offense. Each count of wire fraud also can lead to a jail sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison, or, in the case of a financial institution or presidentially declared major disaster or emergency, up to 30 years in federal prison. A wire fraud conviction also may result in an order to pay restitution to the victim of the fraud.
Fortunately, there are a number of different defenses available to charges of wire fraud. For instance, you may have evidence showing good faith, or, in other words, that you did not intend to defraud anyone. If law enforcement officials improperly or illegally obtained evidence in support of your wire fraud charges, then it is possible that the evidence should be suppressed. Whatever the case may be, you’ll need the strong and aggressive legal representation in order to deal with accusations of wire fraud.
The criminal defense lawyers of Peek & Toland have handled the legal defense of countless individuals who are facing criminal charges. We are here to protect your rights and advocate on your behalf in order to get the best outcome possible in your case. Call our office today at (512) 474-4445 to set up an appointment with our criminal defense attorneys today.