Criminal activity of all forms is severely punished by the state of Arkansas, as well as the federal government. When a person is charged with a crime, they can expect to have to fight to protect their innocence and to retain their rights and freedoms. If they do not, they may see themselves punished with incarceration and the course of their life changed forever.
For some, engaging in alleged criminal activity is a means of supporting themselves and their families. It is a path to financial gain or to status within their community. In some cases, young people may get pulled into criminal organizations from the youth and may stay involved through their entire lives.
However, when it comes to the motivations and characteristics of alleged white collar criminals, things look a little different. White collar criminals tend to be middle-aged men that are employed by apparently legitimate organizations. They are often married with kids, and they may not have any criminal history before they commit their first alleged white collar infraction. Since white collar crimes are often committed as crimes of convenience, they may not have any true need for an allegedly illegal financial windfall: they must just see an opportunity and commit an alleged crime.
Alleged white collar criminals generally do not fit the image that Little Rock residents have of wrongdoers. That does not mean, however, that if they are charged with crimes that they will receive different considerations under the law. Individuals who are charged with white collar crimes can face significant periods of incarceration and can be subject to significant fines and costs for their alleged conduct.