Los Angeles Wire Fraud Defense Lawyers
Being convicted of wire fraud carries with it a potentially steep jail sentence, hefty fines, and other consequences. Additionally, if you are a business owner and the alleged wire fraud involved your company, you could face severe backlash and damage to your professional reputation. If you have been accused of wire fraud, it’s important to understand the details of the law and your options.
Like most federal crimes, a wire fraud case requires a skilled criminal defense that can effectively represent you and fight for your case. At Werksman Jackson & Quinn, LLP, we have years of experience working within the federal court system, helping our clients avoid significant jail time and other consequences that would impact their future. Don’t hesitate to contact our team of experienced Los Angeles federal crime attorneys to get started.
According to 18 U.S. Code § 1343, wire fraud is defined as any conspiracy, scheme, or plan to defraud another party through electronic communications. The essential elements of a wire fraud charge involve the use of radio, wire, email, fax, and other forms of telecommunications to carry out the scheme. It is worthwhile to note that prosecutors can bring a wire fraud charge even if the defendant never actually benefited from their plan. It’s merely the intention to carry out the plan that can determine whether you can be charged with wire fraud.
Some examples of wire fraud can include:
- Sending a fax, email, or even a telegram that facilitates the fraud in any way
- Creating a webpage that imitates a non-profit organization, and soliciting donations through an online payment system
- The executor of an estate transferring the money into a personal bank account that should otherwise be distributed amongst the inheritors
While the penalties for a wire charge conviction can be severe, there are a number of ways that an experienced wire fraud defense attorney can help your case. A common strategy that the defense team may use when fighting a wire fraud charge is arguing that the defendant never specifically intended to commit fraud. For example, using someone else’s insurance card can be considered fraud, but if you do so accidently and never intend on using anything other than your own insurance card, the courts may not find you criminally liable for fraud.
Another common method in which defense teams approach a wire fraud case is showing that the defendant was mistaken about the key facts when committing the fraudulent act. If you helped your friend with their new business of mail-order herbal supplements and they falsely claimed that the products were scientifically tested, so long as you legitimately believed that to be true when telling customers, you may not be charged with wire fraud.
Getting convicted of wire fraud can result in a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a steep fine, or, in some cases, both. If you have been charged with wire fraud, you’ll need the best possible criminal defense to assert your innocence and preserve your freedom, your future, and your professional reputation. With the help of a skilled Los Angeles wire fraud defense attorney, you will get the protection you need to achieve a favorable resolution.
At Werksman Jackson & Quinn, LLP, we understand that the circumstance of every case is different. When you’re up against an intimidating charge of wire fraud, it’s important that you work with a legal team that has years of experience dealing with charges at the federal level. We will examine every facet of your case, consult with the experts, and use cutting-edge tools to analyze your bank records and other evidence to make sure that you receive the most effective criminal defense possible. Don’t wait to get started on fighting your case and winning your freedom. Contact our office at (213) 688-0460 to learn more about your options.
Recent Case Results
- Complete Dismissal of Molestation Charges
Attorney Mark Werksman’s 29 year old client was falsely accused of molesting two neighborhood children and was subsequently charged with felony child molestation, with a significant prison sentence hanging over his head should he be convicted. Instead, at the preliminary hearing Werksman was able to convince the court to grant his client a complete dismissal of any charges.
- Decision Set Aside
Client, a college student in a faulty Title IX case, was awarded $130,000 in attorney fees.
- Probation with No Jail Time for Drug Money Laundering Charge
Wilmington man accused in New York federal court of laundering drug money through the sale of laptop computers. Mark was able to get the case transferred to federal court in Los Angeles, where he convinced the United States Attorney to reduce the charges. His client was sentenced to probation with no jail time on a misdemeanor conviction.