Defending Against Wire & Mail Fraud Charges
Proficient & Experienced Federal Fraud Attorneys in Portland
The federal government charges wire and mail fraud under a broad range of circumstances. These statutes outlaw schemes to defraud those that use mail or electronic communications. Both mail and wire fraud are punishable by no more than 20 years in prison upon conviction. If a person is convicted, the law requires full repayment of restitution and the civil and criminal forfeiture of the client’s assets.
Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C. has represented clients 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 federal fraud lawyers are extensively experienced with these types of cases. We will closely examine the evidence, using experts when necessary, to determine the validity of the charges you face.
Contact us online today to schedule a free initial consultation or call us at (503) 303-0771 to speak with one of our proficient federal fraud attorneys in Portland.
Mail Fraud & Wire Fraud
Federal mail fraud laws have been on the books since the 19th century. 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 several elements.
The government must prove the following elements, in order to obtain a conviction:
- The use of either mail or wire communications in the (foreseeable) furtherance
- Of a scheme or artifice to defraud
- Involving a material misrepresentation or deception
- 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 no 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.
At Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C., each of our lawyers have decades of experience in criminal defense. Together, our attorneys have more than 60 years of combined legal experience. We will work to provide you with effective, personalized, and aggressive legal representation.
Contact Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C.
We are committed to providing high-quality legal representation at reasonable rates. We are also dedicated to discretion and protecting your privacy to the greatest extent possible. Call Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C. at (503) 303-0771 or send us an e-mail to schedule your free initial consultation.