White collar crime refers to non-violent crimes in the commercial or business realm, typically committed for unlawful financial gain using some form of deception. These crimes are characterized by deceit, pursuit of monetary gain and violation of trust. The motivation behind most white collar crimes is to obtain or avoid losing money, property, or to secure a personal or business advantage. While anyone can commit these crimes, they’re often committed by professionals or employees in commercial and government settings who by virtue of their position can gain access to large amounts of other people’s money. Criminal statutes that regulate white collar crimes are found at both the state and federal level.
There are different types of white collar crimes, including (but not limited to):
- Tax evasion
- Insider trading
- Money laundering
- Identity theft
There are certain offenses that are considered white collar crimes though they do not involve monetary gain. These include witness tampering, perjury, false witness, and any other forms of obstruction of justice.
White collar crimes also encompass international business transactions subject to the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). According to the act, it is illegal for American businesses to bribe foreign government officials in the bid to obtain or retain business or contracts. The act also prohibits third party payments that involve bribery of foreign business entities or government officials.
While white collar crimes may not seem as serious as violent or sex crimes, the reality is that federal authorities take white collar crimes seriously. Defendants who are indicted by the grand jury or those prosecuted by expert prosecutors are more likely to be convicted. As a result, expert prosecution in white collar cases demands astute defense by an experienced attorney.
Knowledgeable and experienced
While each state has different laws governing while collar crimes; these crimes are usually tried at the federal level. This means that the consequences could be life-altering if you’re convicted. If you’re facing white collar criminal charges, hiring a competent criminal defense attorney is crucial. The white collar attorneys at Burgos & Associates Group are knowledgeable and have an in-depth understanding of the laws governing white collar crime. Our attorney will move quickly to investigate the circumstances surrounding your case, assess your exposure, and advise you on the available options. At Burgos & Associates Group, we have a proven record in litigation, and can tactfully negotiate with the prosecution during the pretrial process on such alternatives as non-trial mitigation, plea bargains and dismissal of the charges. If your case does go to trial, our attorney will help you comply with your obligations, while ensuring your rights are protected. In case of conviction, they will explore all post-trial options, including appeals and sentence reduction.
A conviction for a white collar crime can be devastating to your career, reputation and finances. Besides, you could face lengthy incarceration and hefty fines.
Consult with a federal & white-collar criminal defense attorney
Individuals, business entities, and corporations may find themselves on the wrong side of the law regarding allegations of fraud. In some cases, an individual may not be aware that their actions are criminal. Moreover, a person can run afoul with the law when they were acting under the direction of their superiors. Regardless of the facts of your case, a qualified and experienced attorney can carefully evaluate your case and build a strategic defense that will minimize any negative consequences.
Burgos & Associates Group
Burgos & Associates Group is a reputable law firm that specializes in a diverse range of litigation. We’ve built our solid reputation by defending individuals, financial institutions, and corporate entities in high-profile criminal prosecutions and investigations. Our defense attorneys can be trusted to find creative solutions to even the most complicated legal cases