Wire fraud is a serious offense that often brings federal charges and could result in time behind bars in federal prison. If you have been accused, arrested, or charged with this offense or a related offense, the wire fraud lawyers in Pinellas County, FL from Goldman Wetzel are here to help. We can protect your rights, investigate your case, implement a strong defense strategy, and represent you throughout the process.
Call us today at 727-828-3900 for a free case review or to get started right away. We can represent you during interrogations, help you respond to a warrant, or accompany you to your arraignment or another court appearance.
Wire Fraud Is a Serious Federal Offense
As defined in 18 U.S.C. § 1343, wire fraud occurs when someone uses a communication device to attempt to defraud someone else. Wire fraud is always intentional and always financially benefits the person committing the crime in some way. In many cases, wire fraud schemes utilize elaborate hoaxes to attempt to gain access to:
- Personal information
- Credit card numbers
- Bank accounts
- Other assets
Wire fraud can occur using almost any type of electronic device, including computers, smartphones, and tablets.
While we do not think of them as being “wired” like telephones once were, any type of online communication meant to defraud can fall under the category of wire fraud. This includes:
- Facebook, Twitter, or other social media
- GoFundMe and other fundraising sites
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) works on many wire fraud cases as a part of their war on cybercrimes. It is likely they will investigate your case in the Middle District of Florida. Other agencies may also participate, including the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Department of Justice, and local law enforcement.
A Wire Fraud Conviction in Pinellas County, FL Could Mean Years Behind Bars
Wire fraud is a serious offense, and you could face significant penalties for every victim they convict you of defrauding. A federal judge will hear your case and, if convicted, decide your sentence. The judge has discretion when handing down penalties, but must consider:
- The Federal Sentencing Guidelines; and
- Mandatory minimum sentencing laws; and
- Maximum penalty laws
The Federal Sentencing Guidelines often provide a baseline for what might be a typical sentence for someone convicted of their type of crime. In addition to the type of offense, these complex guidelines also consider:
- The nature of the crime; and
- The severity of the offense; and
- Any prior convictions
Other factors could also play a role in a wire fraud sentence, including:
- The amount of the total defrauded from victims
- The total number of victims
- The age of the victims
A single offense of wire fraud could call for up to 20 years behind bars and a $250,000 fine. When there is more than one target to this type of scheme, the convicted offender could face penalties for each act of fraud, adding up to decades behind bars.
The Goldman Wetzel Attorneys Will Work Together on Your Case
Goldman Wetzel criminal defense attorneys Summer Goldman and Maribeth Wetzel work together on every case they handle. When you hire one, you get the experience and guidance of both.
This can be especially beneficial because, while Maribeth is a career criminal defense attorney who knows how to aggressively pursue a favorable outcome in these cases, Summer previously worked in the prosecutor’s office. Her experience on the prosecutor’s side of things allows us to better understand how they may approach collecting evidence and trying to build a case against you. This makes it easier for us to develop an aggressive defense on your behalf.
We Can Fight Allegations of Wire Fraud in Pinellas County, FL
Give us a call as soon as you learn there may be a problem. If someone from the FBI or another federal agency wants to question you or if there is a warrant for your arrest, reach out to our team. Certainly, once you get arrested, you should reach out to a wire fraud lawyer in Pinellas County, FL.
In some cases, we can uncover evidence to clear your name before the U.S. Attorney’s office ever indicts you. In this way, we can sometimes prevent these cases from happening.
In other cases, we need to develop a defense strategy based on the facts of your case. We will investigate the crime, collect evidence, and implement a strategy to pursue a more favorable outcome.
The sooner you reach out to us, the sooner we can get to work on your defense. The consequences of a federal wire fraud conviction are dire. You do not want to wait any longer than necessary to have the attorneys from Goldman Wetzel by your side.
Get Help from Our Wire Fraud Lawyers in Pinellas County, FL Today
If you face accusations or arrest for wire fraud or another federal offense in Pinellas County, FL, the attorneys from Goldman Wetzel are standing by to go to work on your case. There is no reason why you need to try to navigate this process on your own. Our wire fraud lawyers in Pinellas County, FL can provide the support, guidance, and aggressive representation necessary for you to weather this storm.
Call 727-828-3900 today to discuss your case with a member of our team.