A white collar crime differs dramatically from most other types of criminal offenses. Typically, the charges arise because of your access to property or funds, as a result of your position in a corporation or business. You may find yourself under investigation for fraud, or for other white collar crimes, such as embezzlement or misappropriation of funds or misuse of property, based on the allegations of others who disagree with your policies or positions, or who have something to gain from your downfall. The allegations may stem from highly subjective interpretations of complex financial transactions or from assumptions based on access to limited information. In these situations, it becomes critical to have an experienced lawyer to defend you.
Types of White Collar Crimes
White collar crimes include:
• Most types of fraud, such as bank or insurance fraud, wire or mail fraud, health care or bankruptcy fraud.
• Embezzlement, or the taking of company funds or property for personal use without permission
• Money laundering, or taking money obtained from illegal acts and making it appear to be legally obtained
• Forgery, involving the falsification of documents or the falsification of a signature to obtain goods, services or cash
• Identity theft, including taking the name, credit or other personal information of another person for private gain
Protecting Your Rights
Your first inclination when you find yourself under investigation for a white collar crime may be to try to “clear things up” with law enforcement officers or prosecutors. You may erroneously believe that all everyone needs is a clear explanation of how things work, and the problem will be resolved. The best thing you can do, however, is to immediately contact an attorney, who will then become your liaison with the outside world. Unfortunately, police and prosecutors view their role as the protectors of society. Though you are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, police and prosecutors tend to look only for evidence of guilt, not for evidence of innocence.
The most important rule to remember when you have been charged with a white collar crime is that you have the right to remain silent. You don’t have to speak with police or prosecutors without having your attorney present, and even when you do, you can refuse to answer their questions.
Contact Our Office
At Laguna Reyes Maloney, LLP, we provide a free initial consultation to every client. To arrange a private meeting with an experienced Pennsylvania white collar crime attorney, contact us online or call our office at 717-773-4822 (toll free at 1-866-619-3079). Se habla Espãnol.