The term “white collar crime” was coined around 1939 and alludes to the white collars worn by business executives accused of nonviolent, financially motivated crimes. Today, the definition of white collar crime has been expanded to include cybercrimes and ongoing criminal enterprises. At James Law Firm, we begin working on your case the moment you retain us. We investigate the facts, research the law and go to court prepared with powerful arguments and evidence.
White collar crimes are nonviolent, economic crimes accomplished through the application of specific skills rather than brute force. Often, these crimes involve fraud, which is theft by deception. When a federal agency is the victim, the criminal activity crosses state lines or the offense violates a federal law, it is a federal crime. Specific types of white collar crime include:
Often with a white collar crime, federal prosecutors will charge a violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).
The penalties depend greatly on how much money is involved in the alleged crime. Did the offender pocket a few transactions or funnel millions to a dummy corporation? Since these are often federal crimes, extensive prison time is usually incurred, along with fines and restitution.
It’s important to understand that many of these charges are very difficult to prove. Often, the authorities cannot prove the underlying crime, so they charge process crimes, like perjury or obstruction of justice. This makes it very important to have reliable legal advice as soon as you learn you are under investigation. There are also consequences beyond jail time and fines — the damage to your family and to your professional reputation. Our experienced Arkansas criminal defense lawyers will work hard to resolve your case on the best possible terms.
For more than 25 years, James Law Firm in Little Rock has fought tirelessly for the rights of accused clients, and we are ready to help you get through your current crisis. We are available 24/7 to help you or a loved one in a time of need. Contact us online or at (501) 375-0900 to schedule your free consultation. Hablamos español.