A criminal offense under both federal and state law in Wisconsin, wire fraud is a broad term that covers any scheme which utilizes electronic communication for purposes of fraud. This can encompass anything from images and sounds to text, so long as it is communicated electronically. Some examples of different types of wire fraud can include:
While wire fraud falls under both state and federal laws.
Regardless of whether the charges come from the state of Wisconsin or the federal government, wire fraud is considered a felony in most cases.
Even conviction of a single count of wire fraud can have far-reaching impacts, with fines and a prison sentence of up to 20 years. These penalties increase in cases where the fraud was committed against a financial institution, with fines that can reach north of $1 million or more and prison terms of up to 30 years or more.
Beyond fines, fees and incarceration, there are further consequences that could be administered by the court. Those convicted may be forced to pay restitution to their victims, serve a period of probation, fulfill community service requirements and more. Further consequences could include:
Permanent Criminal Record: As a felon, those convicted will find it more difficult to secure employment, housing, or financial aid.
Loss of Immigration Status: Non-citizens could face deportation or denial of entry at worst, with the possibility of greater difficulty in securing citizenship or a visa at best. An immigration attorney can assist in determining specifics.
Loss of Child Custody: When determining the best interest of the child, the family court will take a parent’s criminal history into account in determining visitation and custody.
Loss of Civil Rights: In some cases, felons can expect to lose or face restrictions on certain fundamental rights. These include the right to vote, the right to possess a firearm, the right to hold public office or the right to serve on a jury.
No matter how airtight the case against an individual is, there are numerous ways to introduce a reasonable doubt. Some common examples include:
Lack of Intent: One of the largest factors in determining if wire fraud occurred was if the act was done to intentionally deceive someone. A valid defense could be demonstrating that there was a misunderstanding or that the fraud was unintended.
Lack of Knowledge: It is possible to show that the defendant didn’t realize that the wire communications in question carried fraudulent information or that they didn’t understand the legality of it.
Entrapment: In certain cases, a defendant can show that they were coerced or otherwise induced to commit the act against their will.
These are just a few of the strategies that Tracey Wood and Associates have at their disposal to protect you, help you understand the options before you, and achieve the best possible outcome for your case. On wire fraud cases big and small, it all comes down to knowing more about your case than the prosecution. Our proven method for digging deep into each case, gaining a deeper understanding of the facts, and presenting that expertise in court has helped countless clients regain their freedom and dignity.
With our help, you can see charges reduced or dismissed altogether. If you are being investigated or if you were charged with wire fraud, the first step you should take is to discuss the circumstances of the case with an attorney that is proficient in this area of law. Please submit your contact information below to schedule a free, confidential case evaluation with Tracey Wood and Associates today. There are many options available to you that you may have not considered that will help you sleep better tonight.
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