White-collar crime in the sense that term is used today usually refers to nonviolent crime largely financial in nature or used for financial gain. White-collar crimes are committed by people who are in white-collar positions, like powerful government employees, corporate executives, professionals, brokers, bankers, accountants, and even doctors.
White-collar crimes are very serious offenses prosecuted on both the state and federal levels and resulting in some very serious sentences. If you have been implicated in any sort of white-collar crime, you should make sure that you have an attorney with experience in white-collar criminal defense who has a proven track record of successful representation of clients against white-collar crime charges.
White-Collar Crime Prosecutions Are Long and Complicated
With the length and complexity of many white-collar crime prosecutions, it’s crucial to have a white-collar crime lawyer who’s able to expertly navigate the legal issues involved. Often, there will be an allegation that someone else was deceived and misled through fraud or corruption for financial gain. If you are found guilty and convicted, you will face fines and imprisonment and, often, criminal forfeiture. The likelihood of a prison sentence increases in relation to the amount of money involved under federal and state standardized sentencing guidelines.
What Is Criminal Forfeiture?
Criminal forfeiture is a method of punishment imposed on someone convicted of a crime. Criminal forfeiture not only allows but requires that the government seize the property used in the commission of a crime or obtained as a result of crime. Once the criminal trial has concluded, if the defendant has been found guilty, forfeiture proceedings are then conducted in court with the same judge. They may result in property, including vehicles, dwellings, and even entire businesses, being forfeited (that is, taken by the government). A highly competent Florida white-collar crime lawyer is vital to your future.
What Types of Crimes Are Considered White-Collar?
Here are some examples of white-collar crimes:
- Internet fraud
- Credit card fraud
- Healthcare fraud
- Government fraud
- Identity theft
- Insider trading
- Mail fraud
- Money laundering
- RICO violations
- Securities fraud
- Tax evasion
Why Choose LJ Law Group?
If you have been implicated in, indicted, or charged with any white-collar crime, it’s extremely important that you speak to a Florida criminal defense white-color crimes lawyer to protect your rights. At stake are your freedom for years to come, your financial future, and your business operations and holdings. If you’re charged and convicted, the business you spent your life building could end up being taken through criminal forfeiture, becoming the property of the government. Reach out to LJ Law Group today to get a free case evaluation and talk to one of our white-collar crime lawyers about your defense. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by calling.