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Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers of Austin

Stealing Mail

Mail theft is one of those crimes that most people do not worry about. In most people’s experiences, their mail has never been stolen. They send letters, checks, packages, private information, and other things in the mail and things usually never get stolen. In fact the United States Postal Service handles over 668 million pieces of mail every day.

Despite this high volume, though, only 6,600 arrests for mail theft were made, as the postal system is very reliable. Most areas of the United States face nominal mail theft problems; Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona, as well as some parts of Texas and California, though, face more serious mail theft problems.

Most people do not realize it, but mail theft is not a local or even a state crime. Mail theft is a federal crime. Mail is sent and delivered by the United States Postal Service. It is the U.S. federal government that provides funding to keep the USPS functioning. Additionally, much mail crosses state borders.

Finally, federal crimes are more serious than local and state crime, and the government wants and needs the public to trust the U.S. mail system. As a result of these three factors, mail theft is a federal crime. Making stealing mail a federal crime helps make it more serious and deter more people.

Contact the Lawyers of Ian Inglis

Mail theft charges and cases are relatively rare. If you have or someone you know has been accused of mail theft, contact the Austin criminal defense attorneys of Ian Inglis by calling (512) 472-1950.

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