Texas White Collar Crime Lawyer
Providing You With Aggressive Legal Representation When You’re Facing White Collar Criminal Charges
The legal team at the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates defends those charged with a variety of white collar crimes. We have experience representing clients in both federal and state courts, and are not intimidated by trial.
When you are charged with a white collar crime, the penalties could be very severe even though white collar crimes are not violent crimes. To be sure, you may face years in prison, or fines totaling thousands or tens of thousands of dollars, if you are convicted of a white collar crime.
The best way to protect your future, your reputation, and your opportunities is to contact our experienced Houston, Texas white collar crime lawyer at the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates today. You can reach us by phone, or send us an email through our website.
Three Things to Know About White Collar Crimes in Texas
If you are facing criminal charges in Texas, you could be facing charges for a type of crime that falls into the broader category of white collar crime. To be clear, there is no single specific charge or offense called “white collar crime,” but rather this is an umbrella term that includes various types of criminal offenses that often involve economic harm to victims and tend to be perpetrated by people who are in a different socioeconomic class than other types of “blue collar crimes” that may include violent offenses. While white collar crimes may often have different types of perpetrators than other criminal offenses in Texas and can result in distinct kinds of harm, it is critical to understand that these are extremely serious offenses that can result in extremely long prison sentences upon conviction.
Our Texas white collar defense lawyers want to provide you with more information about this kinds of charges. The following are three things you should know about white collar crimes in Texas.
1. White Collar Crimes Often Involve Fraud and Finances
While there is no single definition of white collar crime, there are general ways of defining the crimes that fit into this category of offenses.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), white collar crime has become “synonymous with a full range of frauds committed by business and government professionals,” and they tend to be “characterized by deceit, concealment, or violation of trust and are not dependent on the application or threat of physical force or violence.” Most often, the FBI explains, “the motivation behind these crimes is financial—to obtain or avoid losing money, property, or services or to secure a personal or business advantage.”
2. You Can Face State or Federal Charges for White Collar Crimes
Depending upon the type of crime and the circumstances surrounding it, a person can face either state charges under the Texas Penal Code or federal charges. For example, embezzlement is a common type of white collar crime that involves the theft of funds from a person’s employer or in situations where the person has a fiduciary duty. Embezzlement charges can be brought as misdemeanor or felony theft charges under Texas law. At the same time, a person can face federal embezzlement charges if they work for a federal employer, for example, or if the alleged criminal act involved the use of federal institutions (like a bank) or involved the crossing of state lines either physically or by electronic means.
3. White Collar Crimes Come with Significant Sentences
Just because you are facing charges for a white collar crime does not mean that you can handle your defense on your own. To be sure, if you are charged with embezzlement or another white collar theft offense in Texas that involves allegedly stealing $30,000 or more, you will be facing third-degree felony charges that can result in up to 10 years in prison. Federal law has even steeper penalties. You can face up to 10 years in a federal prison if you are convicted of embezzling more than $1,000.
Our White Collar Crime Practice Areas
There is a long list of white collar crimes in the state of Texas, many of which our law firm is very familiar with. If you have been charged with any of the following, please do not hesitate to contact us today for a consultation:
- Bank fraud;
- Medicaid fraud;
- Social Security Disability fraud;
- False statements to a financial institution;
- Identity theft;
- Tax crimes;
- Mortgage fraud;
- Internet crimes and other computer crimes;
- Theft of services;
- Credit card fraud;
- Insurance fraud;
- Money laundering;
- Counterfeiting money;
- Subornation of perjury;
- Counterfeiting; or
While the offenses above refer to specific crime types, white collar crimes are very similar in nature – they all involve a crime that is nonviolent, is committed by a person or a business, and are financially motivated. For example, manipulating employer accounts, padding an expense account, taking someone else’s identity, and more are all examples of white collar crimes.
Defending You Against Fraud Charges
One of the most common white collar crimes for which clients seek our services is fraud. Some types of fraud, such as Medicare fraud, are also federal crimes. In fact, any time that there is an obstruction of justice on the federal level, such as making false claims in order to obtain federal benefits, like workers’ compensation benefits, veterans’ benefits, or Medicare, a federal crime has been committed. If you are facing federal criminal charges, it is important that you work with an attorney who has trial experience at the federal level.
Contact The Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates Today
When you contact our law firm, you are making the choice to work with one of the most experienced white collar crimes and fraud attorneys in Texas. Tad Nelson has been admitted into the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, as well as all states courts throughout Texas.
Don’t let criminal charges be the beginning of a bad thing; when you contact our law firm, you’re taking control of your future. You can contact us by phone or online, and we can travel to your location when need be.