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White collar crimes are non-violent types of theft, but they carry serious penalties depending and a number of factors. Usually, white collar crimes are called so because they’re traditionally limited to business and government officials. In reality, anyone can be charged with a white collar crime. There are dozens of offenses which can be defined as white collar crimes, but most involve a corporation, government entity, or a person’s identity.
Some of the most common white collar crime charges include the following:
Many types of white collar crimes can be charged at either the state or federal level. For example, mail fraud will always be a federal offense. Check fraud can be either a federal or state offense, depending on the value of the check and the victim. A felony white collar crime can result in more than 10 years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines. In most cases, you’ll also be required to pay restitution to the victim. In some cases, you may be offered probation instead of jail time. This is widely dependent on the nature of the situation, your previous criminal history, and ultimately, the judge’s decision.
During trial, the judge will examine evidence brought forth by your attorney and the prosecuting attorney. The judge will determine the appropriate sentencing based on several factors surrounding your case. The amount of the alleged theft, the identity of the victim (a person or corporation can lead to different outcomes), how long the criminal activity went on, and other factors will all contribute to the sentencing. Obviously, forgetting to file your taxes one year is a lot less severe than intentionally not paying taxes for several years.
During the course of your prosecution, your attorney will gather evidence that will mitigate your charges. In some cases, he or she may be able to reduce your charges from a felony to a misdemeanor, get additional charges dropped, or have the whole case dismissed. Additionally, your attorney’s job is to work with you and the judge to determine appropriate sentencing that’s beneficial to you in the event of a guilty verdict.
For example, he or she may suggest you’re given probation and fines instead of jail time so you can keep your job. Of course, this will depend on how effective and diligent your attorney is with your defense.
The Knutson+Casey Law Firm works with clients in Mankato, Austin, Owatonna, and surrounding areas. We’re exceptionally skilled in several areas of criminal defense, including white-collar crimes and other non-violent theft. We have a meticulous and skilled approach, and we fight for our clients’ rights vehemently. This is because we believe every person, no matter the charges, has the right to adept legal defense and a fair outcome. Our main goal is to get your charges either reduced or dropped altogether, and we’re committed to getting the best possible results for your case. Contact us today to learn what we can do for you.