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White Collar Crimes
By definition, white collar crimes are usually free of violence and are for financial gain alone. Most of these types of crimes gain coverage in the media because they usually involve professionals and corporate officers of companies. White collar crime is normally a crime of opportunity where a trusted individual has control of finances in a business entity. These activities are serious and just the accusation alone can tarnish the reputation of an individual. It may be difficult to prove the crimes because they often take place over an extended time and involve intricate details.
Different Types of White Collar Crimes
Those who specialize in financial forensics are necessary to unravel the complexities in order to reveal a white collar crime in some cases. For this reason, it is best to contact a criminal attorney before an arrest in order to seek honest legal advice. Takakjian & Sitkoff defends clients against criminal charges and successfully represents white collar defense cases. Our attorneys have vast experience inside and outside the courtroom and have knowledge of all aspects of criminal law.
Some types of white collar crimes we can represent you against include the following:
The legal term for fraud is an umbrella term that refers to any kind of misrepresentation or use of misleading information for personal gain. This could be giving a false identity, using false financial information or even using a fake passport. All of the above could be deemed as a fraudulent action.
The crime of embezzlement is seen as a financial crime, one that usually occurs over a longer period of time. To be committed of embezzling, the defendant must have been put in a position of trust over an account or money and must have been using the account for their personal gain, such as skimming profit.
If you have been criminally charged with extortion, you could be facing penalties that include up to four years of incarceration, as well as a $10,000 monetary fine. This crime involves the use of threats to gain either property or money from an individual. This is typically seen in settings of organized crime.
Somehow altering a document or creating a fake one to pass off as the original is deemed as forgery under the law. This could be anything from adjusting a will for your own personal benefit, signing with the wrong signature or even creating counterfeit money to pass off as authentic.
A serious criminal offense is that of money laundering, which is taking money that was gained through illegal gains (such as selling illegal drugs) and attempting to make it appear as if it came from legitimate sources. This is seen as attempting to "launder" or "clean up" the money.
The criminal act of identity theft has been thrown into the media spotlight for some time and is seen as the act of using someone else's personal information for some sort of personal gain. This could be attempting to get a loan under another person's name or even receiving a credit card.
The act of bribing a public official or someone else who is supposed to be impartial is a serious criminal offense that can have severe penalties. In the state of California, bribery could be regarding a police officer, councilman or even a member of a jury. Penalties will vary depending on the scope of the crime.
Trying to evade taxes, regardless of whether they are state or federal, is a serious criminal offense and is viewed harshly by the government. While there are some legitimate ways to lower taxes, any attempt to fraudulently avoid paying could be a criminal offense with fines up to $100,000.
Any form of fraudulently reporting taxes is a serious criminal offense. This could include underreporting your income, failing to file a tax return altogether, hiding assets or claiming incorrect deductibles. This is seen as fraudulent and can be prosecuted on the state and federal level.
Regardless of the exact criminal charge, the severity of the crime would determine the punishment by a court of law. The individuals convicted of white collar crimes usually face a jail sentence as well as significant fines, community service, and court ordered counseling programs. When a person is facing accusations and looking at a loss of freedom, it is important to have an aggressive defense team experienced in defending clients against criminal charges. Our goal when defending clients is a reduced sentence or dismissed charges and the best possible outcome. Make an appointment today for a consultation with a Certified Specialist in Criminal Law.