White Collar Crimes
White collar crimes usually refer to illegal actions committed by business people, entrepreneurs, public officials and other professionals through deception or fraud for the purpose of financial gain. White collar crimes cover a wide range of criminal violations that could come under the purview of the state or federal government. If you are facing white collar crime charges, please contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer for further counsel and guidance.
Here are some of the most common white collar crimes:
- Embezzlement: This is defined under law as "the fraudulent conversion of property of another by a person in lawful possession of that property."
- Forgery: This is defined as "the making or altering of a false writing with the intent to defraud." Common examples of forgery include forging someone else's signature on a check or a legal document.
- Bribery: This is the payment or receipt of money or items of value in exchange for an official action.
- Fraud: This is a term use to define an act of deception that is committed for financial or other gain. There are many different types of fraud such as Internet or computer fraud; wire or mail fraud; healthcare fraud; bank fraud; and securities exchange fraud, to name a few.
- Extortion: This is defined under the law as forcing or coercing an individual "to give up property through the use of violence, fear or under pretense of authority." Blackmailing is also considered extortion.
- Perjury: Also known as lying under oath, perjury is defined as the "willful and corrupt taking of a false oath" in a court or judicial proceeding.
It is naïve to assume that white collar crimes will not be vigorously prosecuted. Regardless of whether you are facing state or federal charges, it is important that you take them seriously. A conviction can have grave consequences including the possibility of losing a business or a career. A conviction can stain your reputation and cast a shadow of doubt on your integrity.
If you or a loved one is facing white collar crime charges, experienced defense lawyer Daniel E. Kann can help. Mr. Kann is experienced handling white collar crime cases both in the state and federal court systems. Call our law offices today to protect your rights, your freedom and your precious reputation.