What Should I do if I am Charged with a White Collar Crime?
If you are facing a charge of fraud, embezzlement, identity theft or any other white collar crime, your first order of business is to find a criminal defense attorney with the experience, knowledge and dedication to provide you with the vigorous defense to which you are entitled. The days of receiving a slap on the wrist for these offenses is long gone, and you are facing serious penalties if you are convicted. But just what do we mean when we talk about white collar crime?
What Is a White Collar Crime?
Unlike street crimes and other offenses which center on violence, drugs, robbery, assault, and the like, white collar crimes are usually economic in nature, that is, they involve a motive for economic gain through a scheme that runs afoul of one of many Arizona and/or federal laws. The range of white collar crimes is substantial. The following is a list of just some of them:
- Bank Fraud
- Identity Theft
- False Advertising
- Internet Crimes
- Securities Fraud
- Anti-Trust Violations
- Environmental Crimes
- Tax Fraud
- Money Laundering
Because of the nature of many of these offenses, the government’s proofs often consist of a “paper trail” – documents, notes, computer files, accounting records, tax returns and similar evidence, in addition to witness testimony. Indeed, you may need to retain an accountant as an expert witness in order to establish a defense or as rebuttal to government witnesses. Given the specialized nature of the various areas of white collar crime, the financial proofs often involved, and the harshness of the potential penalties, retaining an attorney experienced in these matters is crucial for your defense.
What Penalties Do I Face?
While white collar crimes are generally non-violent, the penalties can be staggering. Many of these offenses are felonies; as a result, heavy fines, and years of jail time, are often at stake. By way of example, counterfeiting may lead to a sentence of 15 years. So be aware that even though these are not generally violent crimes, the penalties can be remarkably harsh, in many cases harsher than street crimes. Our attorneys understand this, and will work hard to make sure that your rights are protected.
David A. Black, Esq. – Defending White Collar Crimes
At our firm, we also understand that in addition to the threat of jail time, fines and job loss, our clients have reputations that need to be upheld. Our goal is to help you avoid the irreparable damage to your reputation and your life that many people face when charged with a crime. Call the Law Office of David A. Black today at (480) 280-8028 for a free consultation. You will have the opportunity to explain the situation in a confidential setting, and obtain a reasoned strategy of how best to proceed with a vigorous and intelligent defense.