If you are charged with mail fraud, get help from an experienced Florida Mail Fraud lawyer
If you are facing charges for mail fraud, it is in your best interest to seek legal counsel from an experienced mail fraud lawyer with experience defending against this particular crime. Mail fraud is a federal offense, and a conviction carries extremely harsh penalties, including a penalty of up to $250,000 and up to 20 years imprisonment. At the Law Office of Nayib Hassan, P.A., we have successfully fought for the rights of countless individuals charged with criminal offenses, including mail fraud. By providing aggressive, focused defense, we can identify weaknesses in the prosecution’s case and position you for the best possible outcome. Mail fraud is a serious offense that carries hefty penalties and a permanent criminal record. Don’t attempt to fight these charges without the help of a skilled mail fraud attorney. Contact us today for a free and confidential consultation about your case.
What is Considered Mail Fraud in Florida?
Mail fraud occurs when the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) or a private interstate carrier (UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.) is used for criminal purposes. To be considered mail fraud, the actions must include the following elements:
- You must be involved in a scheme to defraud
- Your plan must include misstatements or omissions
- Your actions resulted in (or would have resulted in) loss of money, property or services
- Using the U.S. Mail must be part of the fraudulent activity
For example, mailing contracts, forged documents or other communications involved in a fraudulent deal could meet the requirements for mail fraud. Nayib Hassan understands the seriousness of mail fraud charges. He helps protect the rights of clients charged with mail fraud by developing the best defense for their particular circumstances.
But not all actions that result in the loss of money or property are crimes, even when the mail is used. Prosecutors who bring mail fraud charges must show intent, which can be exceedingly difficult to prove. A skilled federal mail fraud attorney will work tirelessly to prepare a rock-solid defense, highlight holes in the prosecution’s case, and gather evidence that positions you in a favorable light.
Mail Fraud Statute in Florida
The crime of mail fraud, which refers to a “systematic, ongoing course of conduct with intent to defraud one or more persons, or with intent to obtain property from one or more persons by false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises or willful misrepresentations of a future act,” is charged under the Florida Communications Fraud Act as follows:
- If the amount of property obtained has an aggregate value of $50,000 or more, the violator is guilty of a felony of the first degree;
- If the amount of property obtained has an aggregate value of $20,000 or more, but less than $50,000, the violator is guilty of a felony of the second degree;
- If the amount of property obtained has an aggregate value of less than $20,000, the violator is guilty of a felony of the third degree;
- If the value of property obtained or endeavored to be obtained by the communication is valued at $300 or more, the violator is guilty of a third-degree felony; and
- If the value of the property obtained or endeavored to be obtained by the communication is valued at less than $300, the violator is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree.
What are the penalties for mail fraud at the Federal and State level?
Mail fraud carries stiff penalties, which may include a fine and imprisonment of up to 20 years. The penalties may be up to $1 million and up to 30 years in prison if the mail fraud involves benefits for a federally declared disaster or emergency or it impacts a financial institution.
Federal prosecutors sometimes charge people with mail fraud if they don’t always have enough evidence to prove another criminal charge. Mail fraud is also used when a prosecutor wants to prosecute under federal law instead of state law. A conviction for mail fraud requires prosecutors to prove intent to defraud.
Not all actions that result in the loss of money or property are crimes even when the mail is used. Prosecutors who bring mail fraud charges must show intent. And that is difficult to do when they face an experienced federal criminal defense attorney,
If you are accused of mail fraud in Florida, contact Nayib Hassan right away. We can hold the prosecution to the standards that the law requires.
What is the Punishment for Mail Fraud?
Punishment for mail fraud varies widely, based on the severity of the crime and the defendant’s prior criminal history. In general, mail fraud is punished by a fine of up to $250,0000 and up to 20 years imprisonment. If, however, the victim was a financial institution, the fine can be up to $1 million and the prison sentence can be up to 30 years. Furthermore, if identity theft is involved in the offense, there is a mandatory two-year prison term.
Is Mail Fraud a Federal Offense?
Yes. The U.S. Postal Service is a federal agency. As such, using the postal service to commit a crime is a federal offense.
Can You Go To Jail For Mail Fraud?
Yes. Mail fraud is a federal offense that is typically charged as a felony. If convicted, you could be sentenced to 20 or more years in prison, depending on the particulars of your case.
Do I Need a Lawyer For Mail Fraud Charges?
If you have been charged with mail fraud, hiring a skilled and highly experienced mail fraud defense attorney is critical to a favorable outcome. Mail fraud is a federal crime, and a felony conviction could land you behind bars for a very, very long time.
Contact Nayib Hassan for an aggressive defense against mail fraud charges
At Law Office of Nayib Hassan, we help our clients defend against mail fraud charges. We will review your case and advise you of your best options. The Florida Mail Fraud attorneys at the Law Office of Nayib Hassan, P.A. understand the seriousness of mail fraud charges. Our Florida mail fraud lawyers are dedicated to protecting the rights of clients charged with mail fraud by developing the best defense for their particular circumstances.
If you have been charged with mail fraud, contact the Law Office of Nayib Hassan, P.A. today. We work night and day to ensure that our clients’ rights and best interests are protected at every turn. We have defended countless clients against mail fraud charges, and we have an impressive track record of getting charges reduced or dismissed altogether. Our experienced mail fraud defense attorneys will thoroughly review your case, advise you about how to proceed, and ensure that you fully understand your rights and options. Contact the Law Office of Nayib Hassan, P.A. today for the aggressive defense you need.