Colorado White Collar Crime Lawyer
White collar crimes are committed by a person who illegally obtains money or property from someone else. These individuals are generally involved in a business or corporate setting and are typically non-violent crimes. At Hebets & McCallin, we focus in protecting individuals charged with state and federal white collar offenses.
Numerous crimes fall under the umbrella of white collar crime. Examples include embezzlement, laundering, tax evasion, and fraud. Embezzlement is taking personal property (usually money) without the consent of the owner and for the benefit of the offender. Laundering is taking money that was obtained through illegal means and putting it back into the financial system to cover up its origin. Tax evasion is purposeful misrepresentation of income to avoid paying the full amount of taxes to the state or federal government. Fraud occurs when an individual or organization intentionally makes an untrue representation about an important fact or event, the untrue representation is believed by the victim, the victim relies upon and acts upon the untrue representation, and the victim suffers loss of money or property as a result of relying and acting upon the untrue representation. Bribery, corruption, and forgery are also classified as white collar crimes.
Below is a list of crimes that are considered white collar crimes:
- Unlawful use of a credit card
- Insider trading
- Public corruption
- Identity theft
- Insurance fraud
- Consumer fraud
- Financial fraud
- Mail Fraud
There are many penalties for white collar crimes, including jail time, fines, probation, and community service. Often, the defendant will have to pay back the full amount of money stolen from the victim. The consequences of a conviction can extend beyond court ordered penalties. You may also face a ruined business reputation and have difficulty finding future employment opportunities with a white collar conviction on your record.
People are typically unaware of charges against them until those charges are formally filed. White collar crimes are difficult to track and often go unnoticed, and investigations can take months or years to uncover evidence of wrongdoing. If you are charged with a white collar crime, you need an experienced Denver criminal attorney to assist in your defense and ensure a favorable outcome.
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