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The United States Postal Service delivers millions of letters to people every day, and those letters are of the utmost level of importance. People receive important documents such as checks, credit cards, bank statements and identifying documents in the mail, which makes mail a sensitive issue. If you have received a charge for mail theft, then you should schedule a consultation with a reputable attorney immediately. You will need to speak with the attorney about your case to see if he or she can get you released from the burden.
What Is Mail Theft?
The crime of mail theft is known by the legal system as 530.5(e) PC. The regulation covers a wide range of occurrences that involve the misplacement and misuse of someone else’s mail or a unit that the USPS uses to deliver mail. One example of a crime that constitutes mail theft is a situation in which a person purposely takes mail that does not belong to him or her out of a mailbox. Destroying or altering someone else’s mail counts as mail theft, as well. furthermore, using someone else’s mail for personal gain can count as mail theft, but it may also delve into the area of identity theft.
Penalties for Mail Theft
The penalties for a case of mail theft depend on the way the accuser sees the offense. You can receive a misdemeanor charge for the offense or a felony charge if the authorities feel as though the crime was excessive. A misdemeanor conviction will land you up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Felony mail theft is punishable by as many as five years in jail and a fine of several thousand dollars.
Mail Theft Defenses
You can use quite a few defenses to try to beat your charge of mail theft. One defense you can use is that you forgot to take the other person’s mail to the post office. You may not be guilty of a crime if you simply have a former tenant’s mail in your possession, but you never opened it or tried to do anything malicious with it. You also may not be guilty of a crime if you did not intend to do anything malicious with the other person’s mail. The prosecution has to prove otherwise for you to receive a conviction for mail theft.
How an Attorney Can Help
An attorney can bring you in for a case evaluation. You can explain the intricate details of your case to the attorney during your evaluation. The attorney will then explain the fees for representation, and you can decide if you want to pay such fees to have the attorney cover you. Our attorneys are aggressive when it comes to fighting for our client’s freedom. We strive for dismissals and acquittals over everything else. If all else fails, we negotiate for lighter sentences. However, we anticipate an acquittal or dismissal.
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You do not have to stress yourself with worry about whether or not you are going to jail. You can call us today and schedule a consultation with one of our amazing lawyers. Unlike other firms, our firm is always ready and available to help you with your issue. All you have to do is ask for our assistance. Do not try to face the judge on a mail theft charge alone. Let us be a part of setting you free from this burden. Contact us by phone call or short form.