The laws governing white-collar crimes at the federal level are complex and encompass such a wide variety of situations and activities, you could end up facing charges for a federal white-collar offense without even realizing that you committed a crime. Facing allegations of financial crime is not something that should be taken lightly, and we recommend that any individual or business accused of a white-collar crime like money laundering or fraud carefully consider their criminal defense options, to ensure that their case is as strong as possible. Regardless of what type of white-collar crime you have been accused of, our knowledgeable criminal defense lawyers at Federal Criminal Defense Pro understand how damaging a conviction would be for you and your loved ones. We represent individuals and businesses in cases involving white-collar crimes like fraud, embezzlement and money laundering in federal courts across the country and we can help you in your case, too. Our aggressive tactics and effective defense strategies have earned us a reputation as a top federal criminal defense firm, and we are prepared to represent you in your case. Contact our white-collar crime defense lawyers at Federal Criminal Defense Pro today to find out what we can do for you.
Aggressive White-Collar Crimes Defense Attorney
White-collar crimes are treated extremely seriously under federal law and if you are facing charges for money laundering, misappropriation, embezzlement or another white-collar crime, you need to put yourself in the best possible position to beat the charges and avoid a conviction, and that means retaining a knowledgeable, trial-tested white-collar criminal defense attorney. White-collar criminal defense is a highly specialized area of criminal defense practice and successfully defending against white-collar crimes like money laundering and misappropriation requires the expertise of a skilled criminal defense attorney with experience handling white-collar cases in federal court. At Federal Criminal Defense Pro, our lawyers have a history of success representing defendants in a wide variety of criminal cases, including high-profile cases like those involving white-collar crimes, and we know how important it is to present a credible and compelling defense in these types of criminal cases. We are a top-rated federal criminal defense firm and we offer prospective clients a free initial consultation and case evaluation, so you can have an experienced white-collar crime defense lawyer review your case at no cost to you. We can help you restore your reputation and your freedom after being accused of a financial crime, so don’t wait.
White-collar crime, also known as corporate crime, is a general legal term used to describe federal criminal offenses that are committed using some form of deception and are designed to result in unlawful financial gain. This type of crime is typically committed by business executives, government professionals and other professionals who, because of their jobs, have access to other people’s money. White-collar crimes are non-violent, financially motivated offenses carried out by those in a position of power, usually involving some type of fraud scheme, misappropriation or violation of trust. There are many different types of fraud and other financial crimes that fall under the umbrella of white-collar criminal offenses and the majority of these crimes can lead to charges being filed in federal court.
Punishments for White-Collar Criminal Offenses
White-collar crimes are typically non-violent offenses that are carried out through the use of some sort of deception, trickery or misrepresentation, which sets them apart from “street” crimes, like murder, drug smuggling and weapons offenses, but it is this element of deception that makes these offenses so appalling in the eyes of the law. Although white-collar crime is commonly referred to as corporate crime, these crimes and the federal government’s prosecution of them are not limited to multimillion-dollar corporations and finance executives on Wall Street. Individuals and small businesses may also find themselves the target or subject of a federal investigation into white-collar crime, and these offenses are prosecuted just as aggressively as any other federal offense. The government sees white-collar crimes like embezzlement and fraud as a threat to the economy and that is the reason they are typically charged at the federal level and punished so severely.
Even though white-collar crimes are non-violent, these crimes carry some of the harshest criminal penalties under federal law, thanks to the establishment of the federal sentencing guidelines, which is a set of rules federal judges are required to consider when sentencing an offender in the federal criminal justice system. The truth is that the federal government takes a special interest in white-collar crimes because of the significant losses that typically occur as a result of the illegal activity. Depending on the amount of loss involved, if you are convicted of a white-collar crime in federal court, you could find yourself in the same position as a convicted murderer – serving a life sentence in federal prison. And once you discover that Congress has eliminated parole for convicted offenders in the federal criminal justice system, the severity of the penalties for white-collar crimes becomes even more apparent and alarming.
As you can see, the criminal punishment for white-collar offenses like fraud and money laundering is extraordinarily harsh, and you need to take these charges extremely seriously. If you are convicted of such a crime, you face not only significant prison time and costly fines but a criminal record that will follow you for the rest of your life, possibly affecting your ability to secure a job or do business in the future. If you are a professional, you could be suspended, disbarred or lose your license, and that is what our attorneys are committed to keep from happening. If you want to keep your record clean, protect your career and avoid spending time in prison, your best course of action is to find a reputable federal crimes attorney who can protect your rights and represent your best interests throughout the duration of your case.
Presenting a Strong Defense in a White-Collar Case
Because white-collar crimes generally don’t result in any physical injury, many people think of these types of offenses as “victimless” crimes. However, federal prosecutors take white-collar crimes extremely seriously, and if you are facing charges for money laundering, fraud or another financial crime in federal court, the prosecution won’t hesitate to seek the maximum penalty, which could land you in prison, serving a life sentence. We can’t stress enough how important it is to retain the services of a skilled, respected federal criminal defense attorney when facing charges for a white-collar crime, and how much better your outcome will likely be with such an attorney on your side. Being charged with a federal crime like money laundering is serious and it can be stressful and frightening to have to prove your innocence, but that is where an experienced criminal defense attorney comes in.
The federal government has considerable power and authority when it comes to criminal justice and it also has a great deal of time, money and resources to devote to the investigation and prosecution of white-collar crimes that threaten financial institutions and other government entities. In fact, depending on the nature and scope of the case, criminal investigations by federal authorities can take place over the course of months or even years. We have found that federal prosecutors generally only pursue cases they are confident they can win, and these two elements combined make it particularly intimidating to face criminal charges in federal court. That being said, you should always keep in mind that just because you have been accused of committing a crime doesn’t mean the prosecution can prove that you are guilty of the crime and get a conviction. In criminal law, a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty, and that means you can only be convicted of a white-collar crime if the prosecution can prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. For the crime of money laundering, for example, that generally means proving the following elements of the offense:
- You knowingly conducted or attempted to conduct a financial transaction with the proceeds of a specified unlawful activity;
- With the intention to promote the carrying on of the specified unlawful activity, with knowledge that the transaction was intended to conceal or disguise the nature, source, control or ownership of the proceeds of the specified unlawful activity, or with knowledge that the transaction was intended to avoid a transaction reporting requirement under federal law; and
- The financial transaction affected interstate or foreign commerce.
When it comes to prosecuting white-collar crimes in federal court, the key to most criminal cases is proving that the defendant acted knowingly. Generally speaking, you cannot be convicted of a crime you had no idea you were committing, and if your defense team can show that you did not act knowingly and with intent, you might be able to secure an acquittal at trial.
How Our Defense Attorneys Can Help
Criminal allegations can have a devastating impact on every aspect of your life, and you can trust our firm to give you the best chance at avoiding a conviction and safeguarding your future. Most white-collar offenses are investigated and prosecuted by federal authorities, so you’ll need an attorney on your side with experience handling these cases in federal court, one who isn’t afraid to go up against a federal prosecutor and the power of the federal government. As a former prosecutor, attorney Daniel R. Perlman knows what the government looks for in criminal cases and he can use the extensive resources at his disposal to put forth the strongest possible defense in your case, no matter how serious the charges are against you. We know how shocking and frightening it can be to face federal criminal charges and the prospect of a lengthy prison sentence, and our legal team will go the extra mile to ensure that you get the quality legal representation you deserve.
When you hire Federal Criminal Defense Pro, our defense attorneys will stand by your side through every stage of your case, from the criminal investigation through the trial, if your case goes to trial. We will negotiate with the prosecution on your behalf, challenge the evidence against you and do everything in our power to get the charges against you dismissed or get the charges or penalties reduced as part of a plea agreement. We believe that every defendant in a federal criminal case has the right to an aggressive and effective defense, and we strive to provide our clients with the personalized attention and superior service they deserve. We are confident in our abilities and defense strategies and we aren’t afraid to go up against the government in federal court. We have the knowledge and experience necessary to vigorously advise and represent individuals and businesses in even the most complex white-collar criminal cases and our results speak for themselves.
Consult Our Lawyers at Federal Criminal Defense Pro Today
Facing federal charges for a white-collar crime can have devastating consequences for your career, your finances, your reputation, and your future. If you are convicted of such a crime, you could spend decades in prison and pay millions of dollars in fines, and even after you serve your sentence, you will still carry the stigma of a white-collar criminal. Unfortunately, just being accused of a white-collar crime like money laundering or misappropriation could cost you your job and ruin your reputation, even if you are never convicted of the crime. Our attorneys at Federal Criminal Defense Pro understand that being charged with a federal criminal offense is a threat to your livelihood and your personal and professional well-being, and we want to help. If you or someone you love has been accused of a financial crime by the federal government, don’t wait to seek qualified legal counsel. Contact Federal Criminal Defense Pro today, so our white-collar crime defense attorneys can review your case and begin building a strong defense on your behalf.