White Collar Crimes Lawyers: The Basics

If you have been accused of certain types of crimes you should be seeking a white collar crimes lawyer who works in this unique category of criminal defense. Certain types of crimes, particularly those that involve business or banking operation, are known in the criminal justice world as white collar crimes. These charges, ranging from embezzlement to fraud and tax evasion, require a particular skill set in a lawyer. White collar crimes almost always have a financial aspect to them, and as such it is important that any lawyer working in white collar crimes have a good understanding of finance and economics.

A good white collar crimes lawyer will be one part accountant, and many white collar crimes attorneys keep accountants on their payrolls. If you are considering hiring an attorney to defend you when you have been charged with a white collar crime, you should attempt to learn as much as possible about that attorney’s background in finance. Ideally, a white collar crimes lawyer will have strong business experience, such as attending a business school, focusing on business-related law in law school, and possibly taking part in the management of their own business.

Findley & Rogers, PLLC is a general practice law firm with experience in criminal defense and business organization and management. We do not, however, normally work as white collar crimes lawyers. Our policy regarding white collar crimes that we do not feel we have adequate experience to handle is to make a referral to one of the many white collar criminal defense lawyers we are familiar with. We do this in order to ensure that you receive the best possible representation in your case. You would be well-advised to take advantage of this policy. By calling our office first, you will receive a free, honest appraisal of your case. If we determine that we are not the attorneys for you, we will put you in touch with a white collar crime lawyer that we fully endorse, helping you to feel secure in your choice of attorney.

The most common sorts of crimes that are often labeled ‘white collar crimes’ include antitrust violations, such as price fixing agreements, and fraud that is committed by computer or telephone, especially credit card fraud. Bankruptcy fraud is also an area that requires the attention of a white collar crimes lawyer. People are sometimes surprised to learn that environmental law violations are often white collar crimes. This is a result of the fact that most pollution laws focus on businesses and their ecological practices. It may be obvious, but all manner of business crimes may require a white collar crime lawyer if they are to be adequately defended, including economic espionage, trade secret theft, insider trading, and securities fraud.

Certain political crimes are also in the realm of the white collar crimes lawyer. Bribery and kickbacks are probably the two most common political offenses with white collar roots, but almost any form of public corruption falls under the purview of the white collar crimes lawyer.

White collar crimes are a particularly complicated type of crime due to the involved financial aspects of these offenses, and as a result prosecutors often spend more than a year building a case against people they are considering charging before they actually file charges. Complicating these crimes even further is the fact that people are often aware that they are being investigated for these crimes, and the actions they take while they are under investigation may have an important influence on their case. For this reason, it is a good idea to contact a white collar crimes lawyer as soon as you become aware of the fact that you are being investigated. A good white collar crimes lawyer will be able to instruct you on the actions you should be taking to protect yourself and your rights while you are in this difficult situation. White collar crimes often have aspects that can and regularly do relate to civil lawsuits which may be filed if you are found guilty of certain white collar crimes. This increases the potential penalties you may face as a result of being convicted of a white collar crime. Any jail time and fines imposed by the government may seem small next to the potential civil liability you may face if found guilty.

Call Findley & Rogers, PLLC today. We will examine your case and give you an honest initial analysis for free, and if we determine that we cannot help you, we will make sure you are put in touch with the white collar crimes lawyer who can.

-Every case is different, Findley & Rogers, PLLC can make no guarantees about the outcome of a case, and nothing in this article is intended to be a comment on the abilities of any particular attorney.

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