Do You Need A Rhode Island Criminal Attorney for Wire and Mail Fraud?
With the rise of the internet comes even more deceptive schemes that many users fall victim to. Despite the label of this offense being a white collar crime, the penalties are great. In fact, it’s a Federal crime.
Definition of Wire and Mail Fraud
Rhode Island Code Chapter 6-49-1 outlines the varied forms of electronic mail fraud and its penalties. The Rhode Island legal code was established in 2006, in an attempt to protect citizens from emails or ads that are deceptive solicitations for readers’ identifying information or money.
It’s also a violation to disguise oneself under the pretence of a business, in order to persuade someone to disclose his/her information.
Wire and Mail Fraud Also Constitutes:
- Blatant omission of relevant information or facts
- Misrepresenting marketing materials
- Any type of swindling of someone else’s money (an action that is quite common on the internet and other electronic devices)
- Using other electronic devices such as the telephone, fax, radio, or TV, to bribe people for information or money
However, it’s imperative that the prosecution prove that the defendant had the intention to commit this fraud.
It’s also important to note that even with little or no success for such schemes, it’s still a crime, so long as there was an intent.
Legal Defenses for Rhode Island Wire and Mail Fraud
There are several viable defenses for wire and mail fraud, which include no intent to deceive the public, or there was an innocent error in the message.
The Island Law Offices is able to sit and talk with you one-on-one about the best defense options. Contact John R. Grasso now.
What Are the Consequences of Rhode Island Wire and Mail Fraud?
Wire and Mail Fraud within Rhode Island is punishable by:
- Up to $500 in fines, or the cost of damages, whichever is greater.
As an additional note, if the offender utilized a business name or trademark in the process of wire and mail fraud, this is penalized by:
- Up to $5,000 in fines, or the cost of damages, whichever is greater.
Contact an Aggressive Wire and Mail Fraud Defense Attorney in Rhode Island
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