When Is An Act Considered White Collar Crime?

White collar crime refers to any nonviolent act of illegally gaining money. However, you must have intent. In other words, you could still face criminal charges if you unknowingly mishandle money from your employer, for example, but it would not be considered a white collar crime. Lack of intent is a possible defense to lower the penalties you are facing.

Some common types of white collar crime include:

  • Fraud
  • Tax evasion
  • Embezzlement
  • Business scams
  • Insider trading

White collar crimes are a federal offense and are one of the most serious legal situations you can encounter. If you are being investigated or you are suspected of a white collar crime, finding a lawyer should be your first priority.

What Are Your Options?

Typically, a white collar charge will not be brought against you until the FBI already has sufficient evidence of your crime. This makes it all the more important to hire an attorney immediately. At the Law Office Of Scott G. Cerbin, Esq., PLLC, I have over a decade of experience achieving the best possible outcome for clients with white collar charges.

Because of the nature of the act and the information the opposing party will already have, it is very challenging to dissolve charges altogether. However, a cooperation agreement or plea bargain is often the best alternative for reducing the impact of the penalties. I fully explain my clients' options to them and work tirelessly to defend their rights and future.

Secure Your Rights Now

I am available for my clients at all times. Do not hesitate to call with questions or concerns about your situation. You can reach me at 718-509-6514 or via email. My office is in Brooklyn Heights but I work in the five boroughs of New York.