Wire Fraud Defense Attorney
Wire fraud is a serious crime that involves any scheme to defraud another person or party by means of electronic communication. There are many different types of electronic fraud under Title 18 U.S.C. Section 1343, including telemarketing fraud, internet scams, phishing and other fraudulent schemes. Wire fraud is also one of the fastest growing types of crime, as financial services and transactions increase online.
Given the potential for substantial financial damage, a conviction for wire fraud carries steep penalties. In California, defendants can be charged both at the state and federal level. If found guilty, a person could receive a prison sentence of up to twenty years, and fines up to $250,000. Additionally, federal authorities will often link underlying crimes to wire fraud so that a defendant receives harsher penalties.
Only an experienced wire fraud defense attorney can get the best possible outcome for your case. If you’ve been charged with wire fraud, or any related charges in Orange County, contact the Law Offices of David A. Stein right away.
Legal defenses against wire fraud
In order to prosecute a wire fraud case successfully, prosecutors must prove an intent to defraud, meaning that prosecutors must prove that there was a scheme to commit fraud and the use of wire, radio, or television communications in furtherance of that scheme. Often, the prosecution’s case is built on circumstantial or misleading evidence which can be challenged.
A wire fraud defense attorney may use several strategies to defend against wire fraud charges. These include establishing lack of intent, mistake of fact, and puffery. To show lack of intent, attorneys can provide counterevidence that you were an unknowing participant in the fraudulent scheme and that you did not intend to defraud anyone. They can also establish that you believed the facts of the fraud to be true so that you cannot be convicted of knowingly communicating false information. Furthermore, they can confirm that you did not exaggerate statements to defraud consumers.
The importance of experience
David A. Stein is a highly experienced white collar crime defense attorney who has the skills necessary to build the best possible defense for you. If you’ve received wire fraud charges or are currently under investigation and need a criminal defense attorney in Orange County, call David Stein today to learn how to protect your rights.