What are White Collar Crimes?
December 18th, 2020 by Tad Nelson in White Collar Crime
When many people think of criminal activity, they imagine violent offenses that result in physical injuries. While these kinds of crimes do occur, they are by no means the only type of criminal offense with which a person can be charged. Fraud-based financial offenses, for instance, such as white collar crimes, are non-violent in nature. This does not mean, however, that a person should take these kinds of charges lightly, as white collar crimes still come with serious penalties, including jail time and hefty fines, so if you or a loved one have been accused of committing a white collar crime in Texas, it is important to speak with an experienced Houston white collar crime lawyer who can help you formulate a defense strategy.
What Qualifies as a White Collar Crime?
White collar crimes typically involve the use of deception to deprive someone else of something valuable. There are a wide range of crimes that fall under this umbrella, including everything from complex financial schemes like insider trading to attempts by policyholders to collect insurance after filing false claims. Some of the most commonly charged white collar crimes include:
- Identity theft;
- Mail fraud;
- Securities fraud;
- Money laundering;
- Tax evasion; and
- Credit card fraud.
These types of financially motivated offenses are prohibited under both state and federal law. For this reason, it is not uncommon for someone suspected of involvement in a white collar crime to be under investigation by multiple agencies. However, defendants who are accused of offenses that are specific to Texas will likely face state charges, while those whose crimes involve the federal government or a multi-state scheme, will likely come up against federal prosecutors.
Defending Yourself Against White Collar Crime Charges
Although non-violent in nature, white collar crimes still come with severe penalties, including prison time and thousands of dollars in fines and restitution. It is important, with so much at stake, for defendants to raise a strong defense when accused of these kinds of offenses, which could involve:
- Demonstrating a lack of intent to commit the crime, as defendants can only be convicted of committing a white collar crime if they knowingly and intentionally violated the law;
- Providing evidence of entrapment, which occurs when a person is pushed into engaging in criminal activity by undercover officers;
- Demonstrating coercion, or that the defendant was forced into committing the crime in question;
- Proving lack of knowledge, or that the defendant didn’t know that a crime was being committed; or
- Demonstrating that the evidence being used by the prosecution was obtained as a result of an unlawful search or seizure.
For help determining whether these defenses could help you avoid conviction, please call our legal team today.
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A white collar crime charge can come with severe consequences, including fines, possible jail time, and irreparable harm to a person’s reputation. To learn more about what will be required to build a strong defense in your own case, please call one of the experienced white collar crime lawyers at The Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates today. A member of our legal team can be reached at 281-962-7626 or via online message.