Wire fraud is a serious crime. If you face allegations or arrest for wire fraud, know you do not have to try to navigate this stressful situation on your own. The criminal defense attorneys from Goldman Wetzel are here to help. A wire fraud lawyer in Bradenton, FL can provide the aggressive representation you need for a more favorable outcome.
Wire fraud is a federal offense. You could face arraignment and trial in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Eleventh Circuit, with a Federal Judge presiding. We may be able to help you avoid this or stand beside you and present a strong defense. In Bradenton or elsewhere in Manatee County, FL, call us at 941-405-5193 for a free evaluation of your case.
Understanding Wire Fraud Allegations and Criminal Charges
Any time someone intentionally used any communication device to defraud others for their own gain, wire fraud occurs. Often these schemes involve elaborate lies or hoaxes used to get others to give money, personal information, credit card numbers, or access to other assets.
Wire fraud can involve the use of almost any electronic device or a landline telephone. Other devices include:
In addition, using any type of online communication may be considered wire fraud. This includes:
- Facebook, Twitter, or other social media
- Go Fund Me or other fundraising sites
Wire fraud is a federal crime under 18 USC § 1343. As a part of working to solve cybercrimes, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) generally handles investigating these cases. However, other federal agencies may also investigate and prosecute these crimes. This includes the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Justice.
Bradenton, FL Wire Fraud Convictions Carry Significant Sentences
As a federal crime, the penalties you could face if convicted of wire fraud are serious. While the federal judge who hears your case will have a lot of discretion in sentencing, you can expect to receive jail time and fines per offense if convicted. Before announcing your sentence, the Judge will consider:
- The Federal Sentencing Guidelines; and
- Mandatory minimum sentencing laws; and
- Maximum penalty laws
Today, the Federal Sentencing Guidelines are advisory. However, in the past they were mandatory, and many judges still take their recommendations as a good place to start when it comes to sentencing. These guidelines are complex, but in general, they consider:
- The nature of the crime; and
- The severity of the offense; and
- Any prior convictions
The judge will then consider any mitigating or aggravating factors in your case. Factors that could play a role in your sentence include:
- Amount of the loss
- The number of victims
- Your intentions
- The age of the victims
It is important to remember that you could face decades in federal prison and significant fines because you will be penalized for each act of fraud you committed. If you defrauded several dozen people as a part of your scheme, your sentence will likely reflect that. For a single offense, you could face up to 20 years in prison or a fine of up to $250,000.
The Goldman Wetzel Attorneys Work Together on Every Federal Wire Fraud Case
The partners from Goldman Wetzel — attorneys Summer Goldman and Maribeth Wetzel — work together on every case they take on. This allows them to build a stronger case and see the alleged crime from other points of view.
Goldman previously worked in the prosecutor’s office and can look at the case against you from the U.S. Attorney’s point of view. At the same time, Wetzel is a career criminal defense attorney who knows how to implement a strong defense strategy in any type of case.
Together the two principal lawyers from Goldman Wetzel can provide you with both the compassionate support and the aggressive representation you need when facing allegations of a serious federal crime.
We Will Fight for a More Favorable Outcome in Your Bradenton Wire Fraud Case
Our team prefers to get started on your case as early as possible. If you call us before you face charges or as soon as they arrest you, we may be able to stop the case against you before it starts. We will try to uncover evidence to show you are not involved in a crime, preventing them from indicting you in the first place.
If we cannot stop them from filing charges, we can create and implement a strong defense strategy based on the facts of your case. This may allow us to get a more favorable outcome than if you tried to fight the charges on your own. Some common strategies include:
- Presenting evidence of your innocence and getting the charges dropped
- Building a strong defense, presenting it in court, and fighting for a not guilty verdict
- Working with prosecutors to reduce the nature and severity of the charges against you
- Negotiating a plea deal for a lesser charge and lighter sentence
- Requesting a probated sentence in negotiations with the court
If you face allegations or charges of wire fraud in Manatee County, FL, we can help. Call us at 941-405-5193 today for your free case review and to learn more about our team. We can go to work protecting your rights immediately. A wire fraud lawyer in Bradenton, FL will accompany you to interrogations, your arraignment, and any other appearances in front of a federal judge.
Talk to a Wire Fraud Lawyer in Bradenton, FL
The team from Goldman Wetzel can help you fight for a more favorable outcome in a Bradenton, FL, wire fraud case. If you face allegations or charges for this type of crime, the attorneys from Goldman Wetzel are here for you. There is no reason you need to face this by yourself. Let a wire fraud lawyer in Bradenton, FL review your case for free. Call us today at 941-405-5193.