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Is Mail Fraud a Real Thing?
With the upcoming election and the push for more mail-in votes, the debate on how to vote has become a hot issue across the country. One of the most common questions regarding mail-in votes is if this method of voting can be trusted. Allegations and stories of mail fraud across the country are making some think that it is worth the risk to vote in person. However, with many states adjusting their systems to accommodate those who prefer to do mail-in voting, it is expected that this election cycle will be one with a large portion of the votes coming in through the mail.
What is Mail Fraud?
Essentially any type of fraudulent activity related to the mail is mail fraud. There are many activities that can be given the charge of mail fraud. Mail fraud can be only one person or multiple people. Many times, mail fraud is highly elaborate. When there are many people involved, the charge of conspiracy may also be applied to those caught in connection with a mail fraud crime. Simply having the intent to commit a fraudulent act where you use the mail to accomplish your scheme can be considered mail fraud. Mail fraud can include:
- Sweepstakes and lottery deception
- Telemarketing deception
- Financial deception
- Employment deception
Because of all of the complexities that often go into mail fraud cases, these charges require an experienced and resourceful Chicago mail fraud attorney who has a thorough understanding of the law. Considering mail fraud is both a state and a federal crime, the penalties associated with this act are extensive and severe. Thomas C. Hallock is an Illinois federal criminal defense attorney who will support you and be by your side throughout the entire process of fighting your federal charges. Thomas C. Hallock has extensive experience with federal investigations, federal laws, and federal procedures.
The sooner you call Thomas C. Hallock when you have been arrested on an Illinois mail fraud charge, the better. When your lawyer can get to work quickly on your case, you may be able to find a favorable solution to help you overcome the charges and not have to go to trial. If you do go to trial though, you will still have a lawyer with the skill set necessary to effectively argue your case.
Mail fraud is a white-collar crime with penalties based on the value of property loss that resulted from the criminal act. When the costs of the losses are high, so are the penalties. Mail fraud is subject to mandatory minimum sentencing which means that if you are charged with mail fraud, you will spend time in federal prison. This is why you need the help of a knowledgeable Chicago federal criminal defense attorney when you are facing mail fraud charges.
Call a Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney Today
Thomas C. Hallock has the background and experience you want representing you when you are fighting Illinois mail fraud charges. Call Thomas C. Hallock to get the best Illinois criminal defense representation possible. To schedule your completely free consultation call (312) 487-2441 for local residents or toll-free at (888) 412-3741.
What You Should Do
- Be respectful.
- Calmly record the interaction.
- Ask if you are free to leave. If you do not ask, the officer may think - and the judge may agree - that the interaction is consensual.
- If you are free to leave, go! If you are not free to leave, do not answer and questions before speaking with your attorney.
What You Should Not Do
- Do not physically resist arrest.
- Do not become aggressive or confrontational.
- Do not consent to a search. The Constitution does not apply if you consent.
- Do not answer questions without first speaking with your attorney. Police are allowed to hold you for 48 hours and they may lie to you the entire time.