New York Wire Fraud Lawyer

The realm of “white-collar crime” typically revolves around crimes of deception performed for personal gain, most notably fraud. It is possible to commit many different types of fraud, and some of these distinctions are widely misunderstood. When it comes to charges of wire fraud, it’s vital to know the actual legal definition of this term, potential examples of wire fraud, and what to do if you are charged with committing wire fraud.

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Robert Tsigler, PLLC have extensive experience handling all types of fraud cases, including wire fraud. If you need a New York City criminal defense attorney to represent you in a wire fraud case, our firm can provide an unmatched level of individual attention and professional attention to detail. The Law Offices of Robert Tsigler, PLLC, have a stellar track record of past wire fraud defense cases. We know how New York City prosecutors pursue these cases and what our clients can expect from their proceedings.

Why Do I Need an Attorney for Wire Fraud Charges?

Just because wire fraud is a nonviolent offense does not mean it cannot lead to substantial criminal penalties. Depending on the nature and severity of the charges against you, your case could lead to thousands of dollars or tens of thousands of dollars in fines, restitution to anyone who sustained losses due to your activities, and incarceration. You may also be barred from participating in or operating certain types of businesses or face other professional restrictions.

An experienced NYC wire fraud attorney will examine the charges against you and thoroughly review all of the evidence in play. Your lawyer’s job also includes examining the nature of your arrest and how charges were filed against you. We help ensure all evidence in play is admissible and due process was properly followed during your arrest, booking, and during the investigation behind the case against you from the state.

Attempting to represent your own interests in court may not go over as well as you think. Even if you have been wrongfully accused and simply want to clear your name, the prosecution may have a seemingly strong case against you with their available evidence. In this case, you might not know how to challenge it in a compelling way. An NYC wire fraud lawyer will represent your interests during criminal proceedings for wire fraud and help you determine the best way to respond to new information as your criminal case unfolds.

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What Is Wire Fraud?

Fraud is possible in many different ways — from insurance to Medicaid fraud — and wire fraud specifically defines fraudulent actions and operations conducted via communication “wires,” including television, radio, internet, or other data transmissions.

A New York City prosecutor must build a wire fraud case against a charged suspect by establishing three main components of wire fraud:

1. The prosecutor must first show that there was intent to commit fraud. The prosecutor might prove this using subpoenaed communication records involving the defendant or other physical evidence.

2. The prosecutor must then show the defendant had a scheme or plan in place to commit fraud. The prosecutor generally uncovers the scheme through analysis of available evidence and assumptions about various aspects of the case.

3. Once the prosecutor has established the defendant’s scheme and intention, the prosecutor must then prove the defendant used some sort of transmission to commit the fraudulent scheme. This may include a television or radio transmission, a broadcasted advertisement, or claim streamed over the internet.

If the prosecution is able to prove these three elements of wire fraud, a conviction is likely for the defendant. Some of the most common forms of wire fraud seen in New York City and throughout the United States today include “phishing” scams sent via email, telemarketing scams, spoofed and automated calling scams, and internet marketing scams. The people behind these schemes face significant criminal penalties in New York. If you have been accused of participating in, creating, or attempting any form of wire fraud, you could face civil liability from any victims as well as criminal prosecution from the state.

Call the Law Offices of Robert Tsigler, PLLC 24 hours a day, 7 days a week after a federal arrest. Call (718) 878-3781 to schedule your consultation.

Defending Against a Wire Fraud Charge

If the state is making a case against you for wire fraud, an NYC criminal defense lawyer is the best asset to have on your side as you prepare for your initial criminal proceedings. Your attorney can help you develop an appropriate defense for your situation. Some of the possible defenses to wire fraud charges include:

  • Lack of knowledge or intent to defraud. You might face wire fraud charges after unknowingly starting employment with a company engaged in widespread wire fraud schemes. Your NYC wire fraud lawyer will work to prove that you thought you were performing your job duties and had no knowledge of the fraudulent activity in play.
  • Mistaken facts can also lead to dropped charges in some wire fraud cases. It’s possible you made a simple mistake of fact when you made the supposedly fraudulent transmission, such as claiming your product could perform in a certain manner based on a misreading of the actual facts.
  • Commercial puffery may also be a valid excuse for a supposed act of wire fraud in some situations. For example, if you have been accused of falsely advertising your product, but the advertisement in question is an obvious exaggeration, hyperbole, or otherwise qualifies as puffery, you will likely not face a conviction for wire fraud.

Many businesses in the United States have been accused of wire fraud due to aggressive marketing campaigns, misleading or vaguely worded advertisements, and many other scenarios. Wire fraud is a very specific type of fraudulent activity committed knowingly with the intent to deceive for personal gain. When you are accused of engaging in this type of activity as either an individual or as a member of a business entity, it is vital to seek representation from an experienced NYC wire fraud attorney as soon as possible to start building your defense.

Do not make the mistake of assuming that hiring an NYC criminal defense lawyer will make you appear guilty when accused of a crime. You do not have the luxury of time when New York state prosecutors are actively building a wire fraud case against you. To start building your wire fraud defense and clarify the charges against you, contact the Law Offices of Robert Tsigler, PLLC as soon as possible and schedule a case review with a reliable NYC wire fraud lawyer.

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