White-collar crimes are a term used to describe a group of non-violent, financially motivated crimes. These offenses received their name because they are commonly associated with business professionals and corporations and typically involve large scale operations and large amounts of money.
Are White Collar Crimes Federal Offenses?
As large scale white collar crimes have the potential to affect many victims and can occur across state lines, they are often prosecuted as federal offenses. As such, white-collar crimes pose severe criminal and civil penalties, debilitating financial consequences and nearly irreversible damage to your personal and professional reputation.
Contact an Olathe white collar crime attorney from our firm for a consultation.
If you face any of the following white collar crimes in Olathe, our Johnson County white collar crime defense lawyer from Garretson & Toth, LLC can provide you with the resourceful and experienced criminal defense you need.
Types of White Collar Crime
- Embezzlement - the act of an employee stealing funds from their employer
- Money Laundering - to conceal the illegal obtaining of money, usually by way of passing through a large number of bank transactions or business transactions
- Tax Fraud - to misrepresent your personal information in order to report dishonestly on taxes
- Tax Evasion - to choose not to pay or to underpay taxes
- Wire Fraud - electronically transmitting fraudulent information
- Bank Fraud - to use illegal methods of obtaining money, assets or other property in the ownership of a financial institution
- Credit Card Fraud - the act of committing fraud by the use of a credit card or credit card number for financial gain
- Securities Fraud (also called stock fraud or investment fraud) - to deceive investors into dead-end or unprofitable investments, causing them to lose money
- Ponzi Schemes - fraud involving the persuasion of investment of funds into an account which is not yielding true profit
- Insider Trading - to illegally trade a company’s stock based on information that is not public
- Identity Theft - to knowingly use a person's identity to benefit from them, usually financially
Penalties for White Collar Crimes
If you have been formally charged with a white-collar crime or if you believe criminal allegations are impending, you have little time to delay in consulting qualified legal counsel. There are numerous government agencies that work diligently and use their seemingly endless resources to gain convictions and the stiffest penalties. Punishments can vary depending on the nature of your charge, but you can generally expect very lengthy prison sentences in a federal penitentiary that extend upwards of 30 years, extremely large fines, or both.
Federal prosecutors also have the ability to prosecute additional crimes in conjunction to a white-collar offense. This includes harsh sentencing enhancements under the RICO act, or the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, which can be filed when any two of 35 crimes are committed. When it comes to defending against additional charges and enhancements, there is little room for error.
Johnson County White Collar Crime Defense
As federal offenses, white-collar crimes are some of the most harshly punished crimes in the American judicial system. A successful defense and case outcome depends heavily on meticulous preparations and sharp insight into economic crimes. At Garretson & Toth, LLC our Olate white collar crime attorney has 60 years of combined practice, with legal experience spanning the spectrum of white-collar crimes in both defense and prosecution. As a result, our firm is thoroughly prepared to take on these challenging cases and work tirelessly on fighting for your freedom.
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