White Collar Crime Attorneys
A white collar crime investigation may go on for several months or years without an arrest. The first sign that you are a suspect could be a call from your local police precinct asking you to come in for questioning. We urge you to seek immediate legal counsel before you answer questions.
The Law Offices of David Guy Stevens, LLC has experience with forensic accountants and private investigators which will benefit your case, along with its legal knowledge and trial savvy.
The Law Offices of David Guy Stevens, LLC represents clients in all types of white collar crime cases, including:
- Real estate fraud and mortgage fraud
- State tax fraud
- Securities fraud
- Medicare fraud, health care fraud and insurance fraud
- Credit card fraud
- Internet crimes
White Collar Crime Information Center
Have you been told you are under investigation for a white collar crime? Have you been arrested? Whatever it may be, it can be a frightening, confusing experience. You need an experienced criminal law attorney who can immediately begin to protect your rights. Suburban white collar crime lawyer David G. Stevens has the experience, knowledge and skills to represent you.
If you are facing fraud, embezzlement, theft or conspiracy charges, you need an attorney who will research your case, protect your rights, and follow your best interests whether that means a trial or a negotiated plea. Choose experience. Call attorney David Guy Stevens. The following information provides a general background on white collar crimes, and may answer some of your questions before you consult an attorney.
White Collar Crime – An Overview
Non-violent crimes that are primarily related to financial issues are sometimes referred to as white collar crimes. The same legal principles involved in other crimes are also involved in white collar crimes and white collar defendants are entitled to the same rights and protections as defendants charged with other crimes. White collar crimes often involve complex financial matters and sentences can include long prison sentences as well as significant fines, court costs, restitution to the victim(s), and/or forfeiture of assets. It is important to engage the services of an experienced attorney familiar with the issues involved in white collar crimes as soon as possible in order to protect your rights.
What is White Collar Crime?
The title “White Collar Crime” has long been associated with crimes committed by professionals, those that have traditionally worn shirts with white collars, in the course of their employment. Most white collar crimes are committed in a business setting and usually involve people looking to obtain financial gains. White collar crimes are usually accomplished using some sort of deceit to obtain control over the money or property of the victims and result in a financial gain to the perpetrator. Some examples of white collar crime include embezzlement, mail fraud, tax evasion, conspiracy, securities fraud, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) violations, bribery, public corruption, and other financial crimes.
White Collar Criminal Investigation
Generally white collar investigations are long, complex, involved investigations that can take many months or years to complete. A person may be the subject of a white collar investigation without knowing it. It is important to involve an experienced white collar criminal defense attorney as early in the process as possible. Many white collar defendants start out as witnesses who unknowingly implicate themselves during the investigation process. An experienced white collar defense attorney can help guide you and help prevent you from implicating yourself if you are a witness in a white collar investigation. The complex nature of white collar crime investigations means that the focus of the investigation can change as the investigation progresses. Often unsuspecting witnesses make damaging statements in the investigation process and end up becoming defendants. Do not speak with investigators or law enforcement without first consulting an experienced white collar criminal defense attorney.
Criminal Defense Attorneys Can Negotiate Plea Agreements
In some circumstances an experienced criminal defense attorney can convince the prosecutor to dismiss the charges against a white collar defendant. Other times the defense attorney can negotiate with the prosecutor to reduce or amend the charges so the defendant faces less serious sentencing requirements than he or she did when initially charged. Sometimes the prosecutor will amend or reduce the charges in exchange for the defendant cooperating with the prosecution of other defendants. In any of these circumstances it is important to engage the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney to maximize your chances of a favorable outcome.
If the defendant is convicted of the crimes he or she could be sentenced to probation, jail or prison depending on the crime. In addition, a judge can order a defendant to pay fines, costs, fees or restitution. An experienced criminal defense attorney will work on behalf of the defendant to achieve the most favorable result possible either through a plea bargain or a sentencing hearing.
It is stressful and frightening to be accused of a crime. White collar crimes also implicate a person’s professional integrity. If you are a witness or a suspect in a white collar crime it is important to secure the representation of an experience white collar criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to help reduce the chances that you are charged or convicted of a serious white collar crime.
Recent Case Law and News:
U.S. v. Sklena, No. 11-2589 (August 23, 2012) N.D. Ill., E. Div. Reversed and Remanded
In prosecution on wire and commodity fraud charges stemming from scheme in which defendant and another trader purchased and sold customers’ futures’ contracts non-competitively so as to produce monetary gains for defendant once defendant sold said contracts at prevailing market price, Dist. Ct. erred in denying defendant’s request to admit deposition transcript of other trader involved in disputed transactions where said trade had died prior to trial. Defendant was entitled to new trial since said transcript was admissible under Rule 804(b)(1) where: (1) CFTC, which ran subject deposition, was essentially same party as Justice Dept., which represented U.S. in instant case; and (2) CFTC had opportunity and similar motive in deposition to develop trader’s testimony regarding actions taken by defendant and trader regarding customers’ futures contracts. Moreover, error was prejudicial since testimony in transcript corroborated defendant’s account of timing of trades that formed essential portion of defendant’s defense.