Mail fraud crimes are likely not the first thing to come to mind when you think of federal offenses. But due to the utilization of the United States postal system, a government entity, that is its exact classification.
This means that mail fraud crimes are often met with heavy sentencing. Many individuals who do not know what to expect end up flabbergasted by the sheer steep costs that come with the crime.
Facing felony charges
The Congressional Research Service discusses how the law treats crimes related to mail fraud. As mentioned, mail fraud is a federal crime due to the use of the postal system. This means you will face felony charges rather than misdemeanor charges.
A felony charge comes with more immediately severe repercussions. For example, you will likely face up to 20 years of jail time. For individuals, the fine is up to $250,000. For organizations, it caps out at $500,000. And this is not even counting crimes that involve financial institutions, or fraud schemes that take advantage of natural disasters. If your accused crime involves either, you can face up to 30 years of jail time and up to $1 million in fines.
Life in the aftermath
A conviction might also result in a term of supervised release or a probationary period. As a felony, you will likely also continue suffering repercussions even after the jail time and paying fines. After all, having a felony of any sort on record bars you from many job opportunities. It can even affect your ability to find housing. Needless to say, you may want to seek legal help to avoid this outcome.