Bucks County white-collar crimes can come in many forms. Typically, though, they involve two common factors: employment and alleged illegal financial gain.
Whether it’s a state case or a federal case, public prosecution will be highly aggressive. If you are found guilty, penalties can be severe–endangering your financial stability, child custody rights, and more.
Regardless of your situation, from investigation to conviction, a Bucks County white-collar crimes lawyer can help you understand your rights. McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. offers free case reviews where you can explore your options.
Am I Being Charged for Committing White-Collar Crimes?
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) defines white-collar crimes as those usually perpetrated by government or business officials. The crimes perpetrated are designed to prevent the loss of or aid in the acquisition of funds or property without the use of violence.
Commonly, these crimes rely upon violations of trust, deceit, or concealment.
Common Bucks County White-Collar Crimes
If your charge involves any of these listed crimes, your case may be considered white collar:
- Insider trading
- Wire fraud
- Falsifying financial information
- Healthcare fraud
- Bankruptcy fraud
- Money laundering
- Tax evasion
- Credit card fraud
This list does not cover every white-collar crime in existence. A Bucks County white-collar crimes lawyer can help you understand the specifics of your case and what defense could work for you.
Embezzling Laws in Bucks County
Embezzling is another white-collar crime. Under Pennsylvania state law, embezzling is referred to as “theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received.”
In laymen’s terms, this means that embezzling is the misuse or theft of funds entrusted upon oneself by another party. Embezzlement cases often involve treasurers or chief financial officers.
Penalties and Jailtime for Embezzling in Bucks County
Penalties and associated jail time for embezzling in Bucks County can be severe. Based on the severity of your charge, you could face:
- Fines. Your fine will depend on what you’re being charged with. You could be fined anywhere from $250 to $25,000.
- Jail time. For a third-degree misdemeanor, you could face a jail sentence of up to 90 days. A second-degree felony, on the other hand, could result in a 10-year prison sentence.
You could also face consequences outside of sentencing, including the inability to get hired in the future or secure housing.
Do I Need a Lawyer if I’ve Been Charged with a White-Collar Crime?
You shouldn’t ignore the potential benefits of hiring an attorney if you’ve been charged with a white-collar crime. McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. is prepared to help you by:
- Investigating the circumstances of your arrest
- Representing you at trial
- Defending your legal rights
- Evaluating whether your arrest was conducted in good faith
- Consulting with experts and witnesses on your case
These services are joined by several others. Our defense team in Bucks County is ready to start protecting your future today.
What Does it Cost to Hire a White-Collar Crimes Lawyer?
While the benefits of a white-collar crimes lawyer may sound enticing, you may be wondering what the price tag for legal representation is.
The truth is, it depends on your situation. Several factors are at play in the cost of a case, from the duration of legal support to the intensity of services required.
At McKenzie Law Firm, P.C., though, we make sorting out payment as simple as possible. We offer free case evaluations and won’t shock you with any hidden fees. Our team recognizes that the last thing you need during this stressful time is a surprise invoice.
We’re Ready To Secure the Best Possible Outcome for Your Case
Here are some defenses we may employ on your behalf:
- A crime wasn’t actually committed. After evaluating your case, we may find that a miscalculation, oversight, or error suggested that a white-collar crime was committed when in reality, one was not. We may consult with experts to corroborate this defense.
- You were forced to act illegally. You might have been threatened by violence or termination if you didn’t do something your superior wanted–even if it was illegal. If so, we can change the focus of your case to the party that threatened you and not the alleged crime itself.
- You didn’t know you committed a crime. To secure a “guilty” verdict for a white-collar crime, the prosecution must prove that a crime was committed and you knew what you were doing. If you didn’t know you had committed a crime, this could lessen the charges against you.
- The prosecution doesn’t have enough evidence. The prosecution can’t just charge you with a crime and go from there. It must have evidence showing that you knowingly broke the law for personal gain. If it doesn’t have enough evidence, we can move to have your charges reduced or your case dismissed.
We may employ other defenses than those listed here.
Attorney David McKenzie’s Expertise and Legal History
Attorney David McKenzie, the founder and lead partner behind McKenzie Law Firm, P.C., has years of legal experience. A graduate of Penn State University Dickinson School of Law, he’s worked as both a private and public prosecutor. His experience offers him considerable insight into both sides of the courtroom.
Here’s what some of his previous clients have to share about his courtroom advocacy:
- “David is an outstanding lawyer. From beginning to end David addressed all of my issues and concerns. I was impressed with how rapid I received answers to all of my questions via email. Not only was he available via email but also always able to speak with me via phone with an open ear, calmly discussing my options and answering all questions that arised.” – Ruben G.
- “If you are seeking someone that is extremely knowledgeable of the law and willing to go to any length to assist you with your matter, McKenzie Law Firm is the only place to turn. David has been an amazing asset and I’d say, friend, each and every time I’ve reached out for his guidance. His representation has helped so many people, including me, right their lives and move on to a better path.” – Scott K.
Don’t Wait to Contact a Bucks County White-Collar Crimes Lawyer
If you are facing white-collar crime charges and want legal assistance, don’t hesitate to contact McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. We offer free case reviews and are available 24/7 to support our clients.