White collar crimes are those that are not violent committed by businesses and individuals who are motivated by financial gain. Typically, this will include crimes such as bribery, fraud, insider trading, embezzlement, forgery, money laundering, identity theft and other related infractions.
In most cases, these offenses are highly complex and can generate substantial evidence gathering and forensic investigation. This means that a charge and the subsequent case can drag on for months or even years before going to trial. Retaining an experienced white collar crimes lawyer is a necessity. That attorney will often need to work with related financial professionals on your behalf, because white collar cases are often laced with complex financial information and scores upon scores of documents and data.
Many white collar crimes fall under the jurisdiction of federal laws, so a person charged with this type of crime may be going up against the resources of a variety of federal agencies such as the FBI, the Department of Labor, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Internal Revenue Service, among many others. That means an attorney defending a white collar crimes defendant must have experience not only at the state level, but at the federal level as well.
It also makes sense to retain a lawyer even if you have not yet been charged with a white collar crime. Because white collar crimes are complex, you will need someone familiar with the mechanisms of how an investigation will play out. An attorney will be able to guide you and shield you from saying or doing things that could self incriminate you or lead to additional charges over and above what you may already be facing. Preserving your rights as early as possible can set the stage for a solid defense and one that may ultimately lead to the charges being dropped or resulting in an acquittal.
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