West Palm Beach Mail Fraud Attorney
Top-Rated Florida White Collar Lawyers Defending Clients Against Mail Fraud Charges
Often, complex financial fraud schemes use the United States Postal Service in some form or another. If a person uses the postal system to commit a fraudulent act, they can be charged with a federal crime. Mail fraud, while it may not sound like a particularly big deal, is a very serious criminal offense.
At the Skier Law Firm, P.A., our West Palm Beach mail fraud attorneys have the skills and experience required to handle these complicated criminal cases. We have a proven track record of success handling a wide range of white collar crime issues. If you were charged with mail fraud in West Palm Beach, please do not hesitate to contact our legal team for a free initial consultation.
What is Mail Fraud?
Mail fraud is perhaps the most frequently charged federal offense. Under 18 U.S.C. § 1341, mail fraud is broadly defined. This means that a wide variety of different activities could potentially meet the definition of mail fraud. To prove fraud, federal prosecutors must be able to that the defendant concocted a scheme to obtain money, property, or assets under false pretenses. If the mail was used at all in carrying out the underlying fraud, even if only to send brief communications between parties, the federal government may bring mail fraud charges. It should be noted that private carriers are covered under this law. A defendant cannot escape liability simply because they did not use USPS but instead used a private company.
Penalties for Mail Fraud
The maximum penalties for a mail fraud conviction are 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Though, that may even understate the severity of this charge. In the overwhelming majority of cases, mail fraud (like wire fraud) is charged in connection with other criminal offenses. The bottom line: If you are facing mail fraud charges in West Palm Beach, you should speak to an aggressive white collar defense lawyer immediately.
Defenses to Mail Fraud Charges
All mail fraud charges require a strong, fully personalized legal defense. In these cases, many different defenses can be raised to challenge the prosecution’s charges. Some notable examples include:
- The defendant did not have the intent to defraud anyone;
- The defendant never actually used the mail system;
- The underlying product or service was legitimate, and thus not fraud; and
- The mailings never contained material misrepresentations, false statements, or an inducement of the alleged victim(s).
While an aggressive defense is the appropriate strategy in some mail fraud cases, there are also cases in which the best strategy is to focus on getting the charges reduced or penalties reduced. Our West Palm Beach mail fraud defense lawyers are prepared to build the best defense for your individual circumstances.
Contact Our West Palm Beach Mail Fraud Defense Attorney Today
At the Skier Law Firm, P.A., our top-rated Florida white collar crime lawyers have extensive experience defending mail fraud charges. If you or a loved one was charged with mail fraud, or any related offense, you need to take immediate action. For a free, fully private criminal defense consultation, please contact our West Palm Beach office at (561) 820-1508.