Portland Wire and Mail Fraud Attorneys

Our Lawyers Defend Individuals Against Serious Accusations of Wire and Mail Fraud

The federal government charges wire, mail fraud under a broad range of circumstances. These statutes outlaw schemes to defraud that use the mails or electronic communications. Both mail and wire fraud charges are often brought with other federal violations and can also serve as conspiracy, racketeering and money laundering predicate offenses. Both mail and wire fraud are punishable by no more than 20 — sometimes 30 — years in prison upon conviction. If a person is convicted, the law requires full repayment of restitution and the civil and criminal forfeiture of assets of the client.

The Portland law firm of Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C., has represented people against all types of federal fraud and white collar charges, including wire and mail fraud. Federal mail and wire fraud prosecutions are usually complex and involve a tremendous volume of documentary and electronic evidence. Our Portland wire and mail fraud lawyers are used to working these complex cases. We will closely examine this evidence, using experts when necessary, to determine the validity of the evidence and the charges you face. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation.

Mail Fraud and Wire Fraud

Federal mail fraud laws have been on the books since the 19th century. The wire fraud laws were more recently enacted, but both encompass essentially the same criminal conduct. It is only the communication media that differs. In order for the government to sustain a mail or wire fraud conviction, it must prove beyond a reasonable doubt the following elements:

  1. The use of either mail or wire communications in the (foreseeable) furtherance
  2. Of a scheme or artifice to defraud
  3. Involving a material misrepresentation or deception
  4. With the intent to deprive another of either property or honest services

Mail and wire fraud are punishable by up to 20 years of imprisonment and a fine of not more than $250,000 ($500,000 for organizations,) or up to $1,000,000 in fines and 30 years imprisonment if the victim is a financial institution or the offense was committed in relation to a natural disaster.

If you are under investigation by the government for these allegations, you need a criminal defense attorney with a complete understanding of how to defend criminal allegations at the federal level.

At Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C., each of our lawyers have decades of experience in criminal defense. Together, our four attorneys have more than 85 years of combined experience. We will present your case in the best possible light and defend your rights at every point in the legal process.

Contact the Oregon State or Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers of Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C.

We are committed to providing the highest level of legal representation at reasonable rates. We are also committed to discretion and protecting your privacy to the greatest extent possible. Call our law firm toll free to 1-888-311-2016 or send us an e-mail to schedule your free initial consultation.