In June of 2016, a 47-year-old New Hampshire man was sentenced to 72 months in prison for mail fraud that involved the theft of more than $650,000.
Yes, mail fraud.
It’s a serious crime and it carries harsh penalties. This is a federal charge that is tried in federal court by prosecutors from the U.S. State Attorney’s Office.
So, before you engage in any criminal activity that involves mail fraud, think again. This is serious stuff.
If you have already been arrested on federal mail fraud charges, the best thing you can do is contact criminal defense attorney Michael Anzalone. He is experienced in representing clients in federal court and those who are charged with mail fraud.
There is a difference between state and federal cases and at The Anzalone Law Firm, we are here to help you through the rough times that you may be experiencing after being accused of mail fraud.
This is a scary time for most _ especially if you have never been in trouble before.What Is Fraud?
Fraud occurs when someone engages in a scheme to take something from another person. In this case it would involve stealing mail from someone. That can come in the form of taking bills from a mailbox or grabbing packages that don’t belong to you.
Mail fraud is not a minor crime. It is a federal offense because the U.S. Postal Service is a federal agency. Touching mail that doesn’t belong to you, therefore, is a federal crime.
The best advice criminal defense attorney Michael Anzalone can offer you is to never get involved in criminal activity. But if you’ve been charged with a mail fraud charge, you need to have legal representation.
The next piece of advice for anyone charged with mail fraud or any other crime is not to talk to authorities before you have talked to your lawyer. When you do speak to police or investigators you should have your attorney by your side. This is because they can take anything that you say can be used against you as prosecutors start building their case against you.
Also remember that you are innocent until proven guilty. So you’ll need to be upfront with your lawyer in terms of talking about your case. Then, Michael Anzalone will make sure that all of the evidence prosecutors are using against you is admissible in court.
This is a charge that can carry great consequences for you and your family. It may mar your reputation. And if you spend any time in prison it could wreck your career, and your potential for obtaining future jobs or even getting financial aid for school.
There are a number of fines and fees associated with this crime as well. So, before you swipe a letter from a mailbox, make sure you think this process through.
Once you’ve been charged, you’ll need to hire a lawyer who can help you get the very best possible outcome when you case heads to court.
He may be able to get you a plea deal for a suspended sentence. So, please call The Anzalone Law Firm today for a free consultation.