White-Collar Crimes Charges Must Be Taken Seriously
White-collar crimes are often thought of as not that serious, but in many cases, nothing could be further from the truth. Any conviction that can send you to jail, taking you away from your family and potentially destroying your
career, is serious. You need a qualified attorney on your side to help you get the best possible result.
White Collar Crimes are Prosecuted Vigorously
White-collar crimes are crimes in which no physical harm is done to anyone. These include fraud, bribery, Ponzi schemes, insider trading, embezzlement, cybercrime, copyright infringement, money laundering, identity theft and forgery, among others. Fraud, embezzlement and illegal schemes, though not violent, are still often considered abhorrent due to the perception that the perpetrator abused his or her position of trust, thereby causing harm to many people and in some cases destroying lives. These cases tend to have more than one victim, and the testimony of many witnesses can potentially seriously damage your case.
Money laundering, identity theft and forgery tend to have fewer victims, but penalties can still be stiff. Money laundering in particular requires time-consuming preparation, since the cases are usually built on documented evidence. The strength of the case lies in the strength of the documents, so it is critical to leave no stone unturned in these matters. The bulk of identity theft cases are those in which a person uses another person’s identification — social security number or otherwise — to obtain credit or anything else of value. The penalties for this vary, based on circumstances including whether the amount of money involved exceeds $5,000 or if any bodily injuries have been suffered. Forgery charges can sometimes be the result of something as innocuous as writing a bad check. Since this can often be an honest mistake, if you are charged with forgery, you will need a lawyer to prove your innocence.