As opposed to crimes that involve violence or direct physical confrontations with others, white-collar crime is typically committed through complicated financial schemes, faulty accounting practices or solicitation of information that is used for financial gain.
Being accused of a white-collar crime can have significant consequences, including heavy fines and several years in prison. The Kentucky white-collar crime lawyers with Dan Carman and Attorneys have years of experience in handling all types of criminal defense cases, including those considered white-collar crimes. Contact us today for immediate legal assistance.
Examples of White-Collar Crime
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, one of the primary agencies that investigates these crimes, lists several areas that are categorized as white-collar crimes. They include:
- Public corruption
- Money laundering
- Corporate fraud
- Securities and commodities fraud
- Mortgage fraud
- Financial institution fraud
- Bank fraud and embezzlement
- Fraud against the government
- Election law violations
- Mass marketing fraud
- Health care fraud.
Several other types of crime might also be considered white-collar, including tax evasion, bribery, counterfeiting, credit card fraud or mail-related fraud. White-collar crimes are sometimes considered federal crimes, and they may be investigated by the FBI, along with agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.
Consequences of a White-Collar Crime
Because no physical violence was involved, white collar crimes are sometimes treated differently by our criminal justice system. For example, fines may be steeper and prison sentences may be less severe than they would for someone convicted of violent crimes. However, every case is different, and there is no guarantee that a white-collar criminal charge won’t result in long sentences in very unpleasant prisons.
In addition to imprisonment and financial penalties, the accused can face other challenges, including difficulty finding employment, seizure of assets and loss of a professional license. A person’s professional and personal life can be upended by allegations of white collar crimes.
Understanding the Challenges of White Collar Crime Charges
Anyone charged with criminal offenses has a lot at stake when building their defense. They require an attorney who is not only familiar with this area of the law, but who also understands the potential consequences for his client. A skilled criminal defense attorney will look at their client’s case through every possible lens to build a defense that best serves the needs of the accused.
In some cases, providing important information to the authorities might be a way to lessen charges. In other cases, attorneys might find that the investigation or arrest was unwarranted or unfair. There are many possible angles that an experienced criminal defense attorney may choose to explore, but it is only after a thorough investigation and consultation with a client that they can make an informed decision about how to build the most effective defense.
Building a Defense Should Start Immediately
If you or a loved one has been charged with a white-collar crime, contact Dan Carman and Attorneys immediately. The sooner you can enlist the services of a criminal defense attorney, the better it is for your case. We represent clients across Kentucky, and we will respond quickly to your call, regardless of where you are in the state.
Dan Carman has years of experience in criminal defense, including his time in the Marine Corps, where here served as in-house counsel for the 1st Battalion, 2D Marines, with whom he deployed to the Anbar and Ninevah Provinces, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Mr. Carman has over a decade of experience practicing criminal law in Kentucky. He is also a member of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100. Contact Dan Carman and Attorneys today to begin your defense.