Because they don’t typically involve violence, white collar crimes are different from most other crimes. However, they still carry significant penalties that can change your life dramatically. If you have been charged with fraud or white collar crime in North Carolina, you need to consult a defense attorney as soon as possible.
About White Collar Crime
White collar crimes are financially-motivated, nonviolent crimes usually committed by government officials or professionals in the business world. Some of the most common examples of white collar crimes are bank fraud, wire fraud, mortgage fraud, bribery, embezzlement, securities fraud, and insider trading. These crimes are almost always charged as felonies, not misdemeanors, and are often prosecuted by federal rather than state authorities.
White collar criminal cases often begin when a client receives a “target” letter from the federal government, advising him that the federal government intends to prosecute him and that he has the opportunity to hire an attorney and discuss the possible disposition of the case with the government. Or, a client may receive a federal grand jury subpoena requiring production of documents and be notified that he is a “subject”, meaning that his conduct is the subject of the grand jury’s investigation and he could face prosecution. If either of these events happens to you, you should immediately contact an experienced federal criminal defense attorney.
Federal authorities prepare white collar criminal cases very thoroughly and fully expect each charged defendant to plead guilty. Few defense attorneys have the experience, skill, and courage to fight the federal government at trial. If you are innocent, you need an attorney who has those attributes and who is willing to fight for you.
If you are convicted of a white collar crime, the exact consequences you will face depend on several different factors, including your criminal history, the amount of the actual or intended loss, application of the sentencing guidelines to your case, and the discretion of the court. Your attorney’s preparation, skill, and experience will also have an impact on your sentence.
Do I Need a Criminal Defense Attorney?
White collar convictions lead to serious consequences. For this reason, it is important to hire a qualified criminal defense attorney who understands these cases and has experience defending clients accused of these crimes. Because white collar criminal proceedings can move quickly, you should contact an attorney as soon as you become aware of an impending investigation. A skilled attorney will be able to help protect your rights, collect evidence, and build the strongest possible defense so that you can minimize your chances of conviction. Your attorney will also be able to help you evaluate and respond to any plea bargains the prosecution may offer. If your case goes to trial, your attorney will be by your side throughout the proceedings.
Contact Foster Law Offices, PLLC
If you have been charged with fraud or other white collar crime, or if you are being investigated for this type of crime, you need to act quickly. Please contact Foster Law Offices, PLLC, today to learn more about your options or to schedule a consultation.