More than a decade of experience in state and federal cases
Mail fraud is a federal offense, and federal offenses generally carry substantially harsher penalties than state crimes. At the Law Offices of Arash Hashemi in Los Angeles, we have been defending clients facing federal charges since 2003. We understand that your freedom is at stake, and we use every resource at our disposal to defend you.
What is mail fraud?
Mail fraud is any type of unlawful activity that involves the post office, postal service, a postal worker or postal carrier. For you to be charged with mail fraud, the post office does not need to play a key role in your case. Regardless of how or why the mail system is involved in your fraud case, the prosecution can still charge you with the federal crime of mail fraud.
To convict you of mail fraud, the government must prove:
- You intended to commit fraud
- You used the mail system in some way to further the fraud
Proving intent is the biggest hurdle for the prosecution. If the government has no evidence that you intended to defraud, your charges should be dismissed.
Penalties for mail fraud
If you are arrested for mail fraud, your case is handled by federal authorities and you are tried in federal court. Here are the penalties you face if convicted of mail fraud:
- Prison: For one count of mail fraud, you could face up to 20 years in federal prison.
- Fines: A single count of mail fraud is penalized by up to $250,000 in fines.
- Probation: You may be sentenced to probation.
- Restitution: The court may require that you pay restitution to victims.
A strong defense when you face mail fraud charges
The attorney at the Law Offices of Arash Hashemi is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Central District of California, so we are fully prepared to defend you against federal mail fraud charges. You can schedule an initial consultation by calling us at (310) 448-1529, or contacting us online. Our office is conveniently located in the Westside Towers in Los Angeles, within minutes of Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Westwood, and steps away from the Expo/Bundy Station. We have flexible hours and weekend appointments, and we will visit you in jail to discuss your case.