If you’re being charged with a white collar crime, we know how to help you.
What Constitutes A White Collar Crime?
White collar crimes are typically crimes that involve large sums of money or deception to obtain or hide money. Tax evasion, money laundering, embezzlement, and fraud are considered white collar crimes. The same umbrella also covers charges like forgery or identity theft, especially as they pertain to financial matters.
In modern times, a lot of white collar crimes involve the use of technology. The internet and smartphones make white collar crimes a lot easier to commit, since virtual impersonation, hacking, and breeching security measures are easier in the digital age. Though technology has increased their prevalence, some white collar crimes still take place strictly in person and on paper.
How White Collar Crime Investigations Are Different
White collar crimes are often handled on both a state and federal level. Local agencies will get involved, but the individual in question is less likely to deal with the average police officer. Special officials are often used in white collar crime investigations. In some cases, the FBI or the IRS will be involved. It all depends on the type of crime.
The people who investigate these crimes are very thorough. Since there isn’t always a clear victim, witnesses who can be interviewed, or people who can give testimony, these individuals dig deep into the evidence to provide a solid case. These investigations can take a very long time, and the information they find can be seemingly insurmountable.
It takes more than the average criminal defense attorney to handle the volume and intricacy of evidence that is bound to surface during a white collar crime investigation. These are not everyday situations, and many lawyers are wildly unfamiliar with how to handle them. Finding the right kind of lawyer is of the utmost importance – you need competent defense to get you through this situation.
How Prosecution Handles White Collar Crimes
Some white collar crimes are prosecuted at a state level, while others are prosecuted at a federal level. Depending on the circumstances of the crime, the prosecution will use one of many specific strategies. One thing will always be the same: the sheer amount of evidence they’ll compile is almost shocking. These people can look very far back into your past into things that you may even have forgotten that they happened.
Oftentimes, they’re looking to uproot a larger circle of people or co-conspirators. It’s definitely not out of the ordinary for the prosecution to have their sights set on multiple people. They’re looking to get to the root of the problem, and if they only view you as a symptom, they’re going to try to scare you. If they’re able to indict you, you’ll most certainly be terrified by the highest potential penalties. The prosecution is likely to threaten you with the maximum of what they can legally give you in terms of jail time, restitution, and other repercussions.
They do this because they want you to make a deal. They’ll offer you something more reasonable if you’re willing to assist them in their investigation. This typically means informing them of others who were involved in the crime with you. This is a tricky situation, because a lot of people are willing to say nearly anything when they feel like they’re in trouble.
You still have the same rights with white collar crimes as with other crimes. If you don’t want to speak without an attorney present, you don’t need to. You are not required to incriminate yourself in any way. Before you attempt to navigate a complicated cooperation deal, get a skilled, experienced lawyer involved. The prosecution may not be offering you something as great as it seems, and you need to know what you’re getting yourself into before you make any decisions.
How The Defense Approaches White Collar Crimes
Since white collar crimes are rarely ever cookie-cutter situations, the defense is going to significantly vary from case to case. The prosecution is usually ready to make some kind of deal, and you need an attorney who can plainly tell the difference between a good deal and a bad deal. You might not even need to make a deal at all, depending on the strength of the evidence they’ve compiled against you.
Whether or not to make a deal is a crucial decision. It’s important to talk to a lawyer before you make any decisions or say anything that could incriminate yourself or others to the prosecution. To do so may be entirely unnecessary, leading you down a road of further complications when things could have been wrapped up.
With white collar crimes, it’s exceptionally difficult to know what the best defense will be until the details are meticulously reviewed. You need a lawyer who is twice as thorough as the individuals who conducted the investigation, and those kinds of lawyers are in short supply. On top of that, your lawyer also needs to be aggressive enough to fight for you and your rights. You’ll only be indicted if they have enough information, and your attorney needs to be able to ruthlessly counter that information if they do.
Getting Legal Representation
We have experience defending people for a wide variety of white collar crimes. We’re ready to take out a magnifying glass and a fine-toothed comb to painstakingly scrutinize your case. We’re prepared to give you a consultation, and we’re available 24/7. All you need to do is give us a call. Utilize your right to remain silent and consult with an attorney before you provide any unnecessary information to the prosecution. We’ll be able to tell you what your next move should be.