A white-collar crime is a non-violent offense that typically involves committing deceit or fraud to achieve financial gain. These crimes may include embezzlement, healthcare fraud, securities and investment fraud, money laundering, mail/wire fraud, insider trading, copyright infringement, forgery, cyber crimes, tax evasion and more. Typically individuals charged with these types of crimes are skilled professionals; executives, accountants, doctors, fund managers, and government officials.
Federal and State White Collar Defense
The landscape has changed regarding how fraud and financial crimes are handled. Law enforcement agencies devote greater resources to combating these types of cases. White-collar crimes may be prosecuted under federal or state law or both. These cases usually involve in-depth investigations performed by a federal regulatory agency such as the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, Securities and Exchange Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, or the IRS. The penalties for these crimes have become increasingly harsh and can include prison time, house arrest, monetary restitution for victims, substantial fines, community service, and forfeiture of property.
It is not uncommon for a federal agent to come to a person’s home or place of business for questioning. Additionally, grand jury subpoenas and search warrants are issued for specific documents even before an arrest is made. If the government has contacted you, it’s critical that you contact our firm as soon as possible. We can help you protect your accounts and assets and fight any subsequent charges. In these types of cases, important decisions are made prior to an arrest.
If you are being investigated for a white collar crime, it is imperative not to speak with investigators before you speak to an experienced attorney. Doing so good could severely limit your options later. Often times individuals are convicted for lying to investigators, rather than the underlying crime.
In many of these cases, investigations are conducted over the course of months or years before an arrest is made or charges filed. Early intervention in these cases could mean that charges never get filed.
Our firm has years of year of experience with these types of complex cases and spend substantial time with a client in order to analyze the specific circumstances of the person in order to determine how to proceed. Depending on the specifics of a case, our attorneys may recommend that he or she testify before a grand jury in order to try to avoid an indictment or we may choose to litigate and take the case to trial. Whether litigating in court or negotiating with prosecutors, our goal is to avoid incarceration and a felony conviction if possible. Early and aggressive defense could allow for a resolution of your case with fines and restitution, or perhaps no criminal record at all.