White Collar Crimes Attorney California
If you’ve been charged with a white-collar crime, you should immediately contact The H Law Group. We have the best white-collar crime attorneys in Los Angeles, CA. White-collar crimes are not simple. Usually, there are a lot of documents involved and a lot of electronic records. Our experienced white collar crimes attorneys have what it takes to sift through the documents to develop the best defense strategy possible for your case. Schedule your free consultation by calling us at 888.499.4948.
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WHAT IS A WHITE-COLLAR CRIME?
White-collar crimes are crimes that are nonviolent and are financially motivated. Typically, individuals who commit white-collar crimes have respectable and high social status. The most common types of white-collar crimes are fraud, embezzlement, bribery, insider trading, cybercrimes, money laundering, identity theft, and forgery. Regardless of which collar crimes you’re accused of committing, we’re here to defend you to the best of our abilities.
LIST OF WHITE COLLAR CRIMES WE DEFEND
- Bank Fraud
- Insurance Fraud
- Tax Fraud
- Insider Trading
- Money Laundering
- Credit Card Fraud
- Securities Fraud
- Computer Fraud
- Identity Theft
- Labor Racketeering
- Wage Theft
- Investment Fraud
- Corporate Fraud
- Ponzi schemes
- Bankruptcy Fraud
COMMON EXAMPLES OF WHITE COLLAR CRIMES
1) Bank Fraud
This is a form of fraud that involves an individual trying to defraud a bank or financial institution of money. The most common example of bank fraud involves using a fictitious identity to create an account or create a fake business and open an account under the business name in order to commit fraud and defraud the bank of its money.
The crime of embezzlement involves someone who is entrusted with money or property, converts the money or property for his benefit. For example, if an investor gives you $5,000 to invest for him, and you take that money and purchase a motorcycle, you may have committed embezzlement.
3) Credit Card Fraud
Credit Card Fraud involves the unauthorized use of credit cards to obtain money, property, or other goods. Credit card fraud comes in many different flavors. The most common form of credit card is using stolen credit card information to purchase goods. Another typical example is using another person’s information to establish a credit line in their name, without their permission, to buy products or services or withdraw money from the credit card.
4) Computer Fraud
Computers are becoming the most frequently used means for defrauding people and businesses out of their money. Hacking and more complex criminal offense are not usually prosecuted at the State Level, but rather at the Federal level.
5) Tax Fraud
Tax fraud, also known as tax evasion, is a common white-collar crime that involves an individual attempting to evade paying taxes. This crime usually takes place when an individual reduces the amount of income he makes in order to pay less taxes.
If you’ve been charged with any of the crimes that we just listed, please contact the best white-collar attorneys in Los Angeles at the H Law Group. Our attorneys are experienced and will fight for your legal rights.
ARE WHITE COLLAR CRIMES STATE OR FEDERAL CRIMES?
White collar crimes are prosecuted at both the state and federal levels. So, it’s not uncommon for state prosecutors to take on white-collar crime cases. That said, many white-collar crime cases are prosecuted on a federal level because the federal government has a lot more resources to investigate and prosecute the cases. Also, there’s tradition; some cases are traditionally handled on a federal level, and so they are brought in federal court.
Usually, when fraud cases involve a lot of money, or many people are affected by the defendant’s fraud, federal authorities get involved. Federal courts have broader power than state courts to pursue and bring whitecollar crimes charges against individuals only if the defendant has violated federal law. There are many federal laws that an individual can violate, so it’s very easy for federal authorities to pursue charges against an individual if they wish to do so.
Often there is an overlap in the federal and state law that an individual has violated. That said, some violations have been traditionally brought in federal courts, and so they’re brought in federal court even though they can also be brought in state court. Offenses that are typically brought in federal court include bank fraud, securities fraud, and credit card fraud.
PUNISHMENT FOR COMMITTING WHITE COLLAR CRIMES
White-collar crimes can be punished in a variety of ways:
- Imprisonment: A prison sentence can be imposed upon an individual for varying lengths of time. The term of a prison sentence depends on the dollar amount of the fraud, the severity of the financial injury to people, as well as the number of people affected by the defendant’s fraud.
- Fines: A monetary penalty can be assessed against an individual. This depends on the amount of money authorized by the statute that you’re charged with.
- Restitution: The court may order you to make the victim(s) whole by repaying them the money that you illegal took from them.
- Forfeiture: Forfeiture involves giving up the illegally obtained gains of your white-collar crime. For example, if you defrauded victims of $1 million, the court may order you to forfeit the money and repay it to the victims. Also, if you purchased an asset such as a home with the ill-gotten proceeds, the court may order you to forfeit that asset.
Los Angeles White Collar Crime Attorney
If you or a loved one has been charged with a white-collar crime, you should immediately contact an experienced attorney to defend you and protect your legal rights. The H Law Group has some of the best white-collar crime attorneys in Los Angeles, and they’re here to use their experience and resources to defend you at every stage of the criminal process vigorously. Our lawyers will develop a defense strategy that’s tailored to your situation.
Our attorneys are very diverse and have extensive knowledge of how to investigate white-collar crimes to achieve the best possible outcome for you or your company. Our law firm will enlist its best attorneys and investigators to ensure that you get the possible defense possible. So, if you’re looking for the best white-collar attorney in Southern California, look no further than The H Law Group.