White Collar Crimes Defense
While the definition of a “white collar crime” still has to find its precise meaning, the term is generally thought to refer to a variety of non-violent crimes mostly committed in commercial situations for financial gain. Some of the most common white collar crimes include: antitrust violations, bankruptcy fraud, bribery, computer and internet fraud, counterfeiting, credit card fraud, economic espionage and trade secret theft, embezzlement, environmental law violations, financial institution fraud, government fraud, healthcare fraud, insider trading, insurance fraud, intellectual property theft/piracy, kickbacks, mail fraud, money laundering, securities fraud, tax evasion, phone and telemarketing fraud, and public corruption.
Although white collar offenses are nonviolent offenses, that fact does not in any way reflect the severity of sentences available. That is, the amount of financial harm at issue will dictate whether the offense in question is a misdemeanor or a felony, and determine the applicable penalties. While some white collar crimes can lead to sentences that can potentially be suspended or probated (such as when the amount is minimal and/or the offender makes full restitution to the victim), others lead to much more serious consequences such as jail time, business forfeiture, a permanent criminal record, deportation, loss or suspension of a professional license, deportation for non-US citizens, and even a personal or business bankruptcy.
Given the serious nature of what many mistakenly perceive as a minor offense, white collar criminal activity can bring an end to one’s reputation, career, and even freedom. Therefore, if you or someone you know is charged with theft, embezzlement, insurance fraud, counterfeiting, or any other white collar offense, contact our law office to schedule a consultation. Call (504) 302-2462. We can help!