White-collar crimes are generally nonviolent offenses that are committed through deception, fraud, or misrepresentation for the purpose of financial gain. These can be committed against private citizens as well as against businesses or against governmental agencies. Many of these crimes are prosecuted in federal courts, which pits the accused against the full resources of the federal government. As such, these cases can be very complex and, where multiple people or the government has been defrauded, very serious.
If you are facing white-collar crime charges or believe you are the target of a criminal investigation into such charges, you will need the services of a knowledgeable and dedicated criminal defense lawyer. At Bernard J. Brown, Attorney at Law, Attorney Bernie Brown can put his 15 years as a proven trial lawyer to work for you. He attacks each case with tenacity and skill, along with the expectation that it will go to trial. Thus, intensive trial preparation means that every aspect of your arrest and charges will be meticulously investigated, researched, and analyzed to develop a strategy that will put you in the strongest position in criminal court. This is key to pursuing your best interests and minimizing or avoiding potential penalties.
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Types Of White Collar Crimes
In Pennsylvania, white-collar crimes encompass a wide range of offenses committed by private individuals, such as accountants, bookkeepers, investment counselors, corporate executives, financial advisors, and more, as well as public officials.
Examples of white-collar crimes can include but are not limited to:
- Bribery: Offering something of value in exchange for a benefit or gain is classified as bribery.
- Money laundering: Using illegal proceeds through legitimate financial channels is prohibited under state law.
- Tax evasion: Intentionally misrepresenting facts or omitting information while filing taxes can result in penalties, including fines, asset seizure, and incarceration.
- Embezzlement: Theft of funds by an employee placed in a position of trust.
- Counterfeiting: Manufacturing or distributing fake goods or money.
- Insider trading: Trading on the stock exchanges after getting access to related confidential financial information.
- Racketeering: Acquiring or operating a business based on illegal activity.
- Identity theft: The theft of another’s personal information that is used to steal cash, open credit card accounts, and more.
- Forgery: Making counterfeit copies of documents, such as banknotes, works of art, and more.
- Ponzi schemes: Paying quick returns to original investors by newer investors in an investment scam; this is a form of fraud.
- Internet fraud: This can include schemes such as phishing, identity theft, and more.
- Fraud: This occurs through intentional deceit against others for one’s own personal gain. It can include governmental fraud, such as food stamp fraud, welfare fraud, Social Security fraud, and Medicare/Medicaid fraud, as well as fraud against institutions and individuals, such as check fraud, credit card fraud, securities fraud, mortgage fraud, wire fraud, and more.
What are the Penalties for White Collar Crimes?
The nature of the offense, whether you have previous convictions, and the extent of its impact on alleged victims will all determine the penalties of a white-collar crime conviction. Charges related to criminal activity that cross state lines can be filed in federal court; penalties at the federal level are often harsher than those at the state level.
Defending Your White Collar Crime Case in State or Federal Court
White-collar crime charges can be extremely complex. At the federal level, law enforcement agencies may spend months or even years gathering evidence to create an aggressive case for prosecution. However, in all cases involving financial crimes, you will need a defender as tough and formidable as any state or federal prosecutor. Attorney Bernie Brown has been proven to have the resources, legal insight, and professional skills critical to the task of defending you in search of optimum results.
Contact Bernard J. Brown, Attorney at Law, today to get started on your defense with our Lackawanna white collar crimes attorney.
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