Wire fraud is a serious crime in California and carries significant penalties if convicted. In order to commit wire fraud, the federal government must be able to prove two elements: that an individual intended to defraud another party; and that they did so via the use of telephone wires, radio or television airwaves, or any other form of interstate communication.
What Is Wire Fraud?
The most common example of wire fraud occurs when someone uses false pretenses to induce another person into transferring money by phone, mail, or computer. It could also involve soliciting investments from investors through email, mail, or telephone with false promises of high returns. Using deceptive tactics such as these to obtain money may constitute wire fraud under the law.
California has some of the toughest wire fraud laws in the country and any conviction carries heavy penalties. The sentencing for a person convicted under California law may include imprisonment, hefty fines, and restitution to victims. Furthermore, if the victim is elderly or disabled, you could face enhanced charges with longer sentences as well as steeper fines and restitution orders.
To be convicted of wire fraud in California, prosecutors must prove that a person had criminal intent when they committed the act. This means that there must have been an intention to defraud a victim out of money or valuables. In addition, proof of interstate communication must also be offered by the prosecution in order for a conviction to stand. Without these elements present in court, the prosecution cannot secure a conviction for wire fraud.
It is important to contact an experienced California criminal defense attorney if you are facing charges of federal wire fraud. Your lawyer will be able to review your case and advise you on the best course of action to take in defending yourself against these charges. They can also explain the potential penalties associated with a conviction and help you develop an effective defense strategy. With their guidance, you may be able to achieve the best possible outcome for your case and avoid the serious repercussions that come with a wire fraud conviction in California.
An attorney can help you understand the charges against you, review the evidence, and prepare a defense that might be able to reduce or dismiss your charges. With their legal expertise and guidance, you may be able to secure a better outcome in your case and avoid the serious penalties associated with wire fraud convictions in California.
If you have been charged with wire fraud or another type of white-collar crime, contact Corrigan Welbourn Stokke, APLC. Our experienced attorneys can help protect your rights and future.