If you are facing conspiracy charges, you need an experienced conspiracy defense lawyer to handle your case.
Conspiracy is a federal crime, and the Government has the power to charge you with conspiracy if you agree, conspire, combine, or confederated with another person to commit a crime.
Conspiracy charges are often brought up in conjunction with other crimes, such as burglary or arson. For example, if you and a friend are accused of burglarizing a home, law enforcement can bring up conspiracy charges if they believe the two of you discussed the crime before it happened.
Conspiracy charges often accompany drug-related charges as well, such as trafficking, possession, and sale. Conspiracy charges can be brought against you for something as small as texting a friend about buying or doing drugs together, regardless of whether or not any drugs were ever purchased.
Potential jail time for these charges depends on the severity of the crime they are attached to. For example, if you are charged with conspiracy to commit first degree murder, the conspiracy charges are a first degree felony as well.
Mail and Wire Fraud
Fraud is defined as the intentional deception of a person or entity by another for personal or monetary gain. These offenses are characterized by some sort of false statement, misrepresentation, or deceitful conduct.
Mail fraud involves using the U.S. Postal Service or another private mail carrier to defraud someone, while wire fraud involves the use of electronic communications, such as e-mail, phone, or other internet services to do the same. Ponzi and pyramid schemes, lottery and sweepstakes fraud, “Nigerian Price” schemes, and telemarketing fraud are all types of schemes that fall under this category.
In order to prove wire or mail fraud, law enforcement must prove that mail or wire communications were used to further (or in connection with) a scheme designed to deceive a person and deprive them of one of the following:
- Honest Services
If found guilty, federal mail fraud or wire fraud charges can result in severe penalties for the offender, including up to 20 years of jail time, substantial fines, and restitution for the victims.
If you are fighting charges of mail fraud or wire fraud, there are several defenses that can assist in your case. In order to fight these serious charges, you will need quality professional legal counsel.
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