Challenges of Proving Mail Fraud
Mail fraud is the crime of fraudulently depriving another person of their property or services using the postal service. The law against mail fraud has existed since 1872 and is designed to protect people from being extorted or stolen from via the mail. Because the postal service is a government-owned entity, offenses committed through its use are tried in federal court, where prosecutors have essentially unlimited resources.
However, mail fraud is not an easy crime to prove. If you are being accused of mail fraud, the Milwaukee mail fraud lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. know the best defenses to use against these kinds of allegations. Contact us at (414) 271-9595 to discuss the details of your case and learn more about what we can do to protect your rights and interests under the law.
Elements of Mail Fraud
In order to prove a person has committed mail fraud, the prosecution needs to prove the accused did a handful of things:
- They have to show that there was correspondence through the postal system. This is not too difficult to show if there is any form of evidence.
- They must also prove there was a “scheme or artifice to defraud” or that the defendant acquired property or services by fraud.
- They must also show that the defendant did all of this intentionally.
These three elements are what the prosecution in a mail fraud trial will have to show. Having the knowledge of what the prosecution needs to do can help the defense better prepare itself for the trial. Proving mail fraud is difficult, so the incredibly harsh punishments can often be avoided if your attorney is well-prepared.
If you are being accused of mail fraud, the Milwaukee mail fraud defense attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. can help you clear your name. Contact us at (414) 271-9595 to speak with a qualified member of our legal team.
Written by Michael Hart & Craig PowellLast Updated : July 14, 2015