Wire fraud is a felony in the state of Texas and involves the creation of a deceptive scheme that intends to deprive others of their money or property. In order to convict someone of wire fraud, the prosecution must prove to a judge or jury that the defendant:
- Devised a conspiracy with the clear intent to defraud assets by using wire, radio or television
- Fabricated false representations in order to deprive the victims of their money or property
- Knowingly transmitted funds by using a fraudulent scheme
In a case of wire fraud, the prosecution must be able to demonstrate beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused had intent to fool the victim.
Criminal Sentencing for Wire Fraud
Those who face a federal wire fraud accusation in Texas are generally punished with heavy fines and up to 20 years in federal prison. The specific and unique circumstances of a defendant’s case determine the conditions of a criminal sentence. If a defendant is convicted of taking money from a bank, post office or other federal institution, a judge may issue a sentence of 30 years in prison and up to $1,000,000 in fines.
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Defending Wire Fraud Cases
Wire fraud laws are very complex. It is imperative for a person who is charged with this crime to hire an aggressive criminal defense lawyer to represent him or her in court. A wire fraud lawyer can argue that a defendant did not mean to commit wire fraud. It is the prosecutors’ responsibility to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the crime was carried out intentionally. However, they do not have to prove that the offense succeeded in harming the victim.
Contact a Wire Fraud Attorney Today
It is very important to choose an attorney who has a track record of successfully defending fraud and other white-collar crimes. Mario Madrid and the skilled criminal defense lawyers at Madrid Law will explain your charges, as well as the future implications. They will do their best to protect your rights. Mr. Madrid is a board certified attorney who was voted one of Houston’s top lawyers for 2011.
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