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Do you believe that you are being investigated for wire fraud? Have you been arrested or charged with a criminal offense related to wire fraud? The Law Office of Patrick J. McLain, PLLC can help. Our Dallas wire fraud defense attorneys have over 30 years of legal experience, including past experience in federal prosecution. We understand how to help you navigate these charges and develop a personalized legal strategy aimed at protecting your rights. In Texas and throughout the United States, wire fraud is a serious offense with serious criminal penalties; it is crucial that you reach out to our team as soon as possible so we can start building your defense.
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Elements of Wire Fraud
Generally speaking, wire fraud refers to any form of fraud that occurs via electronic means/communications, including regular and cellular phones, computers, email, the internet, radio, television, etc.
In order to prove wire fraud, the prosecution must show beyond a reasonable doubt that:
- The defendant either created or was a participant in a plan to defraud another person, company, or entity (typically, though not always, for monetary gain);
- The defendant intended to commit fraud;
- The use of “wire communications” (such as cellphones, email, etc.) to defraud was reasonably foreseeable; and
- Wire communications were used to carry out the fraud.
The prosecution must prove each of these elements in order to prove that a defendant is guilty of wire fraud. As such, possible defense to wire fraud charges include lack of knowledge, lack of intent to defraud (also known as “good faith”), constructive fraud (most common in allegations of healthcare fraud), lack of authority, and lack of purpose (i.e., wire communications were sent after the alleged fraud had taken place).
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Like other types of fraud charges, wire fraud carries harsh penalties that will likely have an immediate and long-lasting effect on your life. If convicted, you could face a lengthy prison sentence of up to 20 years, fines ranging from $250,000 (for individuals) to $500,000 (for organizations). It is important to note that the penalties for wire fraud are “per count,” meaning, if you are convicted of four counts of wire fraud after allegedly sending two emails and making two phone calls, you could face four times the penalties listed above.
It is absolutely imperative that you discuss your case with an experienced Dallas wire fraud attorney. At the Law Office of Patrick J. McLain, PLLC, we can help you fully understand your charges and take legal action aimed at protecting your future and your freedom. We have successfully handled thousands of cases and we are prepared to aggressively fight for you.
Contact the Law Office of Patrick J. McLain, PLLC today at (214) 238-9392 to find out how we can help you.
Over Two Decades in the U.S. Marine Corps
Attorney Patrick J. McLain tried his first jury trials during operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He handles all cases with integrity and an unparalleled work-ethic.
Former Federal Prosecutor & Military Judge
Attorney Patrick J. McLain's years of experience across the aisle provide him with a unique perspective.
Over 3500 Cases Successfully Handled
Throughout his career, Patrick J. McLain has helped thousands of clients secure a better future for themselves through tenacious and aggressive representation.