White Collar Crimes

White Collar Crimes Attorney in White Plains

White collar crimes are a different branch of crimes that may not be the first things that many people think of when they consider charges, but they are actually very serious and can come with immense penalties. They are typically non-violent and for the purpose of financial gain. Often these crimes can be difficult to trace since those behind them can use intelligent means to hide their activity and remove any trail. These crimes serve as evidence that anyone can find themselves at odds with the law and many high powered business professionals have been accused. Speak with a White Plains criminal defense lawyer immediately if you are charged or you become a suspect in a case.

These crimes can include anywhere from a class B misdemeanor to a more serious felony. White collar is a term that was originally from 1939 when Edwin Sutherland stated the difference in these types of instances. Today, the FBI has stated that these crimes are defined by illegal activity through the use of cover-ups, violating trust, deception and do not require violence or the threat of it to take place. Some common types are as follows:

  • Tax evasion
  • Insurance fraud
  • Financial fraud
  • Internet fraud
  • Antitrust violations
  • Insider trading
  • Securities fraud
  • Money laundering
  • Stealing trade secrets
  • Forgery
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Legal Consequences for White Collar Crimes

White collar crime is a broad term that covers a number of different illegal activities. That being so, there is no blanket statement for the types penalties each person may face. There are countless factors that will go in to determining this, with some of the main ones being, the type of crime committed, the extent of it and if the accused has a criminal background. Since many of these crimes are business related or are committed via the internet, the evidence that is gathered can be through these venues. It may be through reviewing the financial records of a company or by tracking the computer activity of a suspect. Some accused individuals can deal with the loss of their job if they are found guilty. Even after a case has been resolved and the name of the accused has been cleared, the can face the tarnishing of their reputation.

Other penalties include jail time, expensive fines, probation, restitution payments, community service and other consequences that the court finds fitting. These crimes can vary in their degree of severity. Some people may not even be aware that they are committing a crime that can be penalized to such a degree. They may issue a bad check, and under N.Y. Penal Law §§ 190.05 they can deal with a Class B misdemeanor. They may commit forgery and are charged for a Class A misdemeanor for Forgery in the third degree or a Class C felony for forgery in the first degree. The FBI has put in a lot of effort to put an end to those that take place on a higher level. There are both state and federal regulations against any of these illegal activities and without forceful criminal defense, those accused can face any number of outcomes.

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