About White Collar Crime
White collar crimes are those criminal and civil offenses involving dishonest
business schemes and transactions. They can be sentenced differently depending
on the circumstances and many are charged as a felony, meaning those found
guilty will face even higher penalties.
Several of the most common white collar crimes include:
- False advertising
- Fraud (bankruptcy, insurance, mortgage or other)
- Tax evasion
White collar crimes can be very hard to convict due to the burden of the
prosecution to prove knowledge and intent of the accused. In addition,
a consumer has the responsibility of thoroughly investigating a product
before investing or purchasing. High-tech business transactions and well-hidden
paper trails make the job of the prosecution even more difficult.
A skilled attorney who understands white collar law in particular will
prove invaluable to your defense. By proving, through investigation, evidence
and witnesses that the accused had no knowledge or intent to defraud or
that they were in fact entirely innocent.
A white collar crime conviction can lead to heavy fines and more, depending
upon the severity of the crime and damages sustained. Not only that, a
conviction can lead to the loss of professional licenses, jail time and
a ruined business reputation. The experienced criminal defense lawyers
at LeavenLaw are dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals who
have been accused of white collar crimes. Our knowledge and experience
in this area are key.