Regulatory agencies seem to touch every aspect of a business. When regulators find troubling information concerning a business, they sometimes make criminal referrals to the U.S. Attorney’s Office (federal) or the Office of the Attorney General (state). And businesses and the individuals who operate within them can find themselves as the subject of a investigation for what are called “white-collar” crimes.
White-collar crimes are non-violent crimes, committed by professionals within business and government that typically have some sort of financial motivation. Some of the more common white-collar crimes can include:
- Tax fraud
- Fraudulent schemes
- Securities crimes
- Making false statements
- Ponzi schemes
- Identify theft
- Insider trading
- Money laundering
- RICO or illegally conducting an enterprise
In the defense of white-collar crimes, it is often essential for a defense attorney to intervene early on in the process. Intervention while the investigation is still ongoing, and before an indictment has been issued, can help avoid harm. If defense counsel, through strategic criminal defense tactics, can convince the prosecutors that they do not have a strong enough case to successfully prosecute a crime, an indictment might be avoided altogether, including the damage to the defendant’s career and reputation that would accompany such a charge.
If a criminal charge cannot be avoided, it is sometimes in the best interest of the client to negotiate a plea deal with the prosecution. Other times, however, taking the case to trial is the best course of action. There are many possible defense theories to the wide range of white-collar crimes that are charged. The experienced Arizona white-collar crimes attorneys at Giordano Spanier & Heckele, PLLC provide zealous criminal defense representation to businesses and the professionals within them who are charged with white-collar crimes. Call today for a consultation: (520) 495-0869. Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org