Most white-collar charges are filed in federal courts. If you have a white-collar charge, you will likely face a determined and resourceful prosecution. Our criminal attorney has years of experience in successfully defending clients facing white-collar crimes. We aggressively defend those charged with white-collar crimes.
If you are charged with a white-collar crime or are under investigation for a white-collar crime, contact an experienced white-collar criminal defense lawyer in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. A consultation with our firm is completely free.
What Does White-Collar Crime Mean?
The term “white-collar crime” describes a financially motivated and nonviolent crime committed by a businessperson, business, or government professional. A white-collar crime can be charged as a state offense, a federal offense, or even both, and the crime can lead to serious consequences, like fines or jail/prison time.
In Pennsylvania, some of the common white-collar crimes are:
- Embezzlement: This is the theft or misappropriation of assets that were placed in a person’s trust or that belonged to a person’s employer.
- Tax evasion: Tax evasion is the nonpayment or underpayment of taxes with the intent to deceive.
- Forgery: The act of forging/producing a copy of something, like a signature or a financial file.
- Extortion: The act of acquiring something, like money, through force of threat.
- Fraud: Criminal deception for personal gains, like financial gain. There are many different kinds of fraud, such as mail fraud, bank fraud, identity theft crimes, and insurance fraud.
What Should I Do if I’m Being Charged With a White-Collar Crime?
Often, people involved in white-collar crimes aren’t even aware of it. Other times, people are involved even though they didn’t organize any crimes. If you’re being charged with a white-collar crime, regardless of the reason, you should hire a crime defense lawyer to help you develop a strong defense.
What Is a Federal White-Collar Crime?
In many cases, white-collar crimes are charged and prosecuted as federal crimes. A federal white-collar crime is a white-collar crime that crosses state lines and violates federal law. These crimes can have much more serious consequences, like large fines and long prison sentences.
Mail fraud can be a federal crime since it can involve the United States Postal Service. Likewise, tax evasion can be a federal crime since it can involve the federal government. For instance, if a person places some of their taxable employment earnings into an offshore bank account, this involves the federal government and could be considered tax evasion. Insider trading can also be considered a federal crime.
If you’re being charged with a federal white-collar crime, don’t hesitate to hire a federal crime defense lawyer from our firm. A federal crime charge is especially serious. The federal government has many resources and agencies to prosecute you, and the penalties of a federal crime conviction can be very severe. You should have a federal lawyer backing you.
What Happens When Someone Is Convicted of a White-Collar Crime?
If convicted, you could face criminal penalties, including a fine, a prison term, or a combination of both. Criminal penalties for a federal crime can be especially severe, like a prison term. Conviction can also result in:
- Numerous civil suits for disgorgement
- Having to turn over money you obtained to the government
- Having to return property to or repay the victims of the offense
- Other damages that may be provided by law
You will also find it difficult to get employment and may have to face the social stigma around having been convicted of a white-collar crime. You may not have to suffer such consequences and federal prison if you have a strong legal defense.
Contact Us for a Montgomery County White-Collar Crime Defense Lawyer
If you’ve been charged with a state-level or federal-level white-collar crime, contact McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. Our capable attorney, David McKenzie, is a former prosecutor who takes on both state and federal-level crimes.
Our attorney may be able to convince the federal authorities that your case should be dealt with on the state level. We can discuss this with you during a free consultation. If you decide to hire our attorney, as your case proceeds, he will be accessible via email, text, phone, and social media. Call us now at(610) 991-7219. From our offices in Montgomery County, PA, we represent clients all over Pennsylvania.