White collar crimes are typically considered financial crimes. These crimes often involve long-term investigations before charges are actually lodged by a prosecutor. Anyone who has discovered they are under investigation by state or federal agencies and potentially face charges should immediately contact an attorney who has successfully defended people against state and federal white collar crimes.
Understanding White Collar Crimes
Prosecutors view white collar crimes as crimes of deceit intended to provide financial gain to the person committing the crime. Some of the types of crimes prosecuted as white collar crimes on both a state and federal level include:
- Fraud crimes – financial fraud including mortgage fraud, securities fraud, insurance fraud are common types of fraud that are pursued aggressively.
- Identity theft – the illegal use of another’s personal information for financial gain can be prosecuted on a state level if it is a smaller amount but on a federal level if the theft occurred through the mail system.
- Embezzlement – funds embezzlement by employees or those who are entrusted with funds for any organization. This typically involves long investigations and charges are based on the amount of funds stolen.
There are other types of white collar crimes including Ponzi schemes, internet and mail fraud as well as several others. The penalties for these crimes is extremely serious; in addition to financial remuneration those who are found guilty will also suffer a loss of reputation, jail time and potentially be unable to earn a living.
The Importance of Immediate Counsel
In 30 years of fighting for the citizen accused in Texas state courts and Federal courts around the country of any type of white collar crime, one of the things we have learned is how important it is to get an early start on a defense. In many cases, investigations into white collar crimes involve talking with your employer and co-workers, friends and family and a deep dive into your personal assets. If you get a white collar criminal defense attorney on the case immediately after finding out you are under investigation, there is a good chance we can help you avoid being indicted for a crime.
You will need an attorney who will thoroughly investigate the charges against you and ensure that should the investigation proceed to a jury trial your attorney can explain the circumstances to them in easy to understand language. If we get started soon enough, we may even be able to prevent charges from being filed against you. Whether you have just learned you are under investigation or you have learned charges are being filed against you, contact Gaither Law Firm, PLLC at (713) 865-5600 immediately for help.