If you have been charged with a white-collar crime, you will want to build the best defense that you possibly can muster. The most sensible thing that you can do for yourself in such a situation is to work with a knowledgeable Idaho attorney who has the skills and experience to build an effective defense that can hopefully either help you to minimize or eliminate the charges that you are facing.
Which types of crimes are considered white-collar?
“White-collar crime” is a loose category that covers a variety of nonviolent financial crimes, often in a setting related to business Many are related to fraud. Some of the most common include:
- Internet and computer fraud
- Phone and telemarketing fraud
- Credit card fraud
- Fraud involving bankruptcy
- Health care fraud
- Insurance fraud
- Environmental law fraud
- Mail fraud
- Tax evasion
- Government fraud
- Financial fraud
- Securities fraud
- Insider trading
- Public corruption
- Money laundering
- Trade secret theft
- Economic espionage
White-collar crimes cost the United States billions of dollars on an annual basis. It is important to understand that although it’s most common for indivduals to be charged with white-collar crimes, corporations can also be charged with this type of crime.
What are the consequences of a white-collar crime?
If a person is convicted of a white-collar crime, they may have to pay a fine, be confined to their home, be confined to their community, pay the bill for the prosecution, be forced to forfeit certain property, pay restitution, have supervised release, and/or spend time in prison. If the defendant takes responsibility for their actions and helps authorities in their investigation, the consequences may be lessened.
It can difficult to prosecute white-collar crimes because the evidence in these case can be hard to detect. However, prosecutors are well-trained and well-funded. They are highly skilled in preparing evidence for these cases.
Those who are defending against these charges must be just as prepared, if not more so.
Building your defense
Because of the complexity of the nature of white-collar crimes, it is important to have the most effective defense possible if you are facing charges of this nature. An attorney who is well versed in white-collar crime defenses may be particularly helpful to your case and hopefully, your charges will be lessened or possibly even eliminated. The truth is that people make mistakes; however, what is most important is that you are accountable and want to get back on the path to a good life.