» White Collar Crime

When should I hire a criminal defense lawyer?

If you believe you under investigation for a crime, or if you have been charged with a crime, hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.  

If you believe you are under investigation, hire a criminal defense lawyer as early in the investigation as possible. 

If you are under investigation for a crime, there is a chance that law enforcement still hasn’t decided whether you are guilty and whether or not to bring charges. A skilled criminal defense lawyer may be able to convince the law enforcement agent not to bring charges, or may be able to negotiate a deal that would involve less serious charges in exchange for your cooperation. 

If you have been charged with a crime, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side as soon as possible. Early intervention by a criminal defense lawyer can be a critical factor in successfully resolving your case.

Do I need a lawyer if I am under investigation for a white collar crime?

Some people have the mistaken belief that if they talk to the police officer, the prosecutor, or the investigating agent that they can persuade them of their innocence. 

That’s simply not the case. 

If you are under investigation for a crime, tell the law enforcement officer that you are invoking your right to remain silent, and that you want to speak to an attorney. Then hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer as quickly as possible. 

Other times, people are worried that hiring a lawyer makes they “appear” guilty. 

Prosecutors and other law enforcement agents understand that someone accused of a crime wants to speak to a lawyer when they have been notified that they are under investigation. It is your right, and it cannot be held against you.  

Can a person go to jail for committing a white collar crime?

White collar crime is punished just like any other criminal offense and may include significant fines and jail time. Sentences for white collar criminal convictions often include restitution, or paying back the ill-gotten financial gains. They also carry significant collateral consequences, such as tax liability, suspension or loss of a professional license, and suspension or debarment from participating in federally funded programs. Health care providers or individuals employed in the health care industry can lose their ability to receive reimbursement from state and federal health care programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, a process known as “exclusion.”

What are examples of white collar crimes?

White collar crimes are typically financial crimes committed by someone who has authority over someone else’s finances. Examples include:

  • Bank fraud
  • Health care fraud
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Insurance fraud
  • Ponzi schemes
  • RICO crimes
  • Tax evasion
  • Bribery
  • Theft in office
  • Accounting fraud
  • Blackmail
  • Check fraud
  • Embezzlement
  • Forgery
  • Insider trading
  • Racketeering

What are “white collar crimes”?

The law does not technically recognize a category of crimes called “white collar crimes”; however, they are commonly understood to refer to crimes that involve the abuse of a position of trust for financial gain, and crimes that typically do not  involve physical violence in the commission of the crime.