When most people think about crimes that require the advice of an attorney, those involving violence usually come to mind. But white collar crimes are not like that. These crimes are typically committed (or alleged to have been committed) to obtain money, property, or services or to secure personal or business advantages.
Most white collar crime offenders are ordinary people who, for various reasons, make calculated, impulsive or poor decisions. A white-collar crime which is frequently charged is wire fraud. Why is it so common? Because it is one way for federal prosecutors can convict individuals when they are unable to do so on other charges. The alleged offenses might be tax fraud, health care fraud, securities or other crimes.
Although white collar crimes such as wire fraud may not cause physical harm to the victims, it often causes severe financial harm, thus requiring individuals accused of such crimes to obtain a defense lawyer who can work to fight these allegations.
Attempting or conspiring to commit these crimes is punishable by the same penalties as those who actually succeed in committing the offenses. Government prosecutors could try to use this communication in their case against you. Having skilled advice from The Hoffman Firm could mean the difference between a hefty fine and jail sentence, and a lesser penalty or an acquittal.
If you suspect that an activity you’ve talked about over the phone might be a crime, you need the immediate counsel of an experienced, dedicated Miami criminal defense lawyer like Evan A. Hoffman. Call The Hoffman Firm at (305) 249-0090 to schedule your free consultation. This firm serves clients in Miami-Dade County, North Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and neighboring counties.
- Wire Fraud Defined under Florida Code
- Punishment for a Wire Fraud Conviction
- More Resources for Wire Fraud Information
Wire Fraud Defined
Pursuant to federal statute 941.18 U.S.C. 1343, wire fraud is identical to the mail fraud statute except that it speaks of communications transmitted by wire. “Wire” is defined as electronic communications, including radio and television, or via an interstate telephone call.
The four essential elements of the crime of wire fraud are:
- That the defendant voluntarily and intentionally devised or participated in a scheme to defraud another out of money;
- That the defendant did so with the intent to defraud;
- That it was reasonably foreseeable that interstate wire communications would be used; and
- That interstate wire communications were in fact used.
Punishment for Wire Fraud Conviction
The punishments for wire fraud are harsh, which can include a punitive fine and up to 20 years in prison. More severe punishments include an additional 10 years in prison, occur when the offense (or alleged offense) affects a financial institution or happens during a time of national emergency or disaster.
More Resources for Wire Fraud Information
Offices of the United States Attorneys- This federal government site offers full statutes on wire fraud and other types of white collar crime.
United States Department of Treasury- This federal site offers resources for victims of fraud and identity theft.
The South Florida law office of The Hoffman Firm is an aggressive criminal defense attorney for people facing criminal charges in federal court.
If your case goes to trial, it will be handled personally by Evan A. Hoffman, a wire fraud crimes lawyer with many years of defense experience and a track record of hundreds of criminal jury trial wins.
To arrange a free confidential consultation, call us at (305) 249-0090 or contact The Hoffman Firm online. This firm serves clients in Miami, Palm Beach, and surrounding areas