Milwaukee Internet Fraud Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been charged with internet fraud, it is important to speak to a Milwaukee internet fraud defense attorney from Hart Powell, S.C. as soon as possible. Our experienced attorneys can provide the legal help you need. Call us today at (414) 271-9595 to discuss the facts of your case with a legal professional.
Internet fraud is a common crime in places all over the world. With all the data that people so trustingly enter into websites regarding financial and personal information, there now exists a plethora of resources for computer-versed criminals to use in their acts of theft.
Internet fraud is a versatile act. There are many ways that thieves can approach individuals over the World Wide Web in attempt to cheat them out of their money or identities. One of the most popular scams in 2007 was that of false auctioning. In these cases, individuals would bid on a product or service, and after they had rightfully paid, nothing in return was delivered. These cases accounted for 44.9% of all internet crimes that occurred in 2007.
Other than fraudulent auctions, people are the target of a selection of other internet offenses. These include fake check scams, phishing (deceptive emails sent out in search of personal information), false advance fee loans, and fake friendship/lover swindles. All of these acts can be extremely persuasive. It is easy for one to spin false tales over the internet because there is no face-to-face interaction.
People who have been victims of internet fraud are asked to report the incidents to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). This keeps the government notified of the number of these incidents that occur annually. The IC3 is also able to help those who have suffered from a significant crime.
Why You Need a Milwaukee Internet Fraud Defense Attorney
Conviction of any criminal charge carries potential penalties of fines and prison time. In addition, a criminal conviction will damage your reputation and possibly your life and goals. Your good name can be damaged just by being charged with internet fraud.
An experienced criminal defense attorney knows the laws involving internet fraud, and they know all types of internet fraud schemes and scams. They know what the prosecution must prove to successfully convict a person who has been charged, and they know what evidence will be required to prevent such a conviction. The United States Constitution guarantees you valuable rights. Hiring a skilled attorney to represent you ensures the preservation of these rights and that you get a strong, well-strategized defense.
You may be stressed and scared because you have been charged with a serious crime. You probably don’t know the law or legal process, and you may be intimated and confused by the criminal justice system. Having seasoned and knowledgeable representation can not only protect your rights but can make things easier for you. If you hire a criminal defense lawyer to represent you, they will speak to the police, the prosecution, and even the court, for you. An experienced attorney knows what to say and, more importantly, what not to say.
You don’t want to accidentally incriminate yourself. Also, you do not want to agree to something, such as a plea bargain, that is not in your best interest. Do not speak to anyone until you have a chance to go over the details of your case with a lawyer. Don’t rely on the prosecuting attorney to protect your rights; that’s not their job. You need your own attorney to protect your rights and to advise and guide you through the criminal justice system.
A skilled criminal attorney may be able to get the charges dropped in their entirety or get the charges reduced, or they may be able to work with the prosecution to craft a plea bargain that reduces or even eliminates jail time. An experienced internet fraud defense attorney can greatly improve the outcome of your case because they know the intricacies of this type of proceeding.
Why Should I Choose Hart Powell, S.C. to Represent Me?
The knowledgeable and seasoned Wisconsin defense lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. are here to represent you. We will guide you through the legal system and make sure that your rights are not compromised. We will use our extensive knowledge and experience of federal and state criminal law in our representation of you. For over 30 years, we have been providing criminal defense representation to the people of Wisconsin.
We firmly believe in the presumption of innocence. Each and every person is innocent until they are proven guilty. Whether they are guilty of internet fraud or not, we believe that everyone is entitled to a superior defense. Because we value each of our clients, we pledge to treat each client with the respect and dignity they deserve.
We have successfully represented thousands of people accused of crimes. Many satisfied clients have had all charges dismissed or have entered into plea bargains that reduce the charges and the penalties they originally faced. These plea bargains often include alternative penalties, such as probation or community service, rather than jail time.
Even though Hart Powell, S.C. is based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, we have represented clients throughout the United States. We pride ourselves on providing exceptional legal representation. Many of our attorneys have been ranked as SuperLawyers and have a 10.0 AVVO Superb Rating. We represent clients from all walks of life, including celebrities, wealthy individuals, and everyday people. Hart Powell, S.C. gives all our clients the best possible defense.
Cases We Handle
Fraud takes place when someone uses lies, falsehood, deception or dishonesty in an attempt to gain a benefit. Internet fraud is a type of cybercrime fraud that uses the internet and can involve hiding information or providing false information to gain a benefit.
Types of internet fraud crimes we handle include:
- Phishing schemes
- Nigerian Prince scam
- Greeting Card scam
- Lottery Fee scam
- Credit Card or Bank Card scam
- Identity theft
- Charitable contribution fraud
- Employment fraud
- Investment fraud
There are just a sampling of the kinds of internet fraud cases we handle. There are many other types of internet fraud. New ones are created every day. Individuals often use malicious software to exploit the vulnerabilities in computer systems or use legitimate software to induce victims to voluntarily provide information.
Federal and state laws exist to protect people who fall victim to internet fraud. The penalties that you may face vary considerably, depending on the particular crime or crimes you’ve been charged with. For the most serious charges under federal law, you may face up to thirty years in prison and a fine of up to one million dollars. Under state law, you may be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony.
Many internet fraud schemes are complex and can be difficult to untangle. We will use our extensive resources, including computer experts, to investigate the charges and the crime. We will aggressively defend you.