Are you currently facing criminal charges that involve mail fraud? If so, you may be unsure of what you are up against and how you can fight back. Mail fraud may not sound that bad, but in reality, it can land you in prison and leave you facing other serious penalties if convicted. It is in your interests to start working on your defense strategy as soon as possible.
Mail fraud is a type of white collar crime that involves using the United States Postal Service to get information, money or assets through deceptive means. The government views the misuse of the USPS as a serious criminal offense. Because this type of crime involves an entity of the federal government, it is a federal charge. If you are up against these allegations, your future is on the line, but you do not have to face it alone.
What are the elements of a mail fraud case?
Mail fraud takes place when a person uses the USPS to commit a financially motivated crime. In most cases, it involves getting private information for financial gain or deceiving people into sending their money. From mailing fraudulent contracts to collecting money for illegal purposes, there are many different activities the government views as a type of mail fraud.
In order to have a valid mail fraud case against you, the prosecution must have evidence of specific things. They must be able to prove that you committed fraud by sending or receiving certain things through the mail. This typically includes:
- Receiving money, property or assets after deceiving the sender
- Selling, sending or receiving products that are counterfeit
It is not easy to prosecute a mail fraud case. You have the right to challenge the evidence against you and present your own evidence for the benefit of your defense.
Your defense starts now
You may not think you truly need a strong defense because you don't think these charges are that serious. Perhaps you are still under investigation and there are no formal charges against you yet. No matter the details of your individual situation, you would be wise not to delay in getting appropriate help for your defense.
Your future and personal freedom are at stake when facing any type of white collar crime. There is no time to lose in seeking guidance from an experienced Ohio defense attorney regarding the best approach to confront the prosecution's case and fight to avoid a conviction and subsequent penalties.