Federal White-Collar Crimes
If you or members of your organization are under suspicion of federal white-collar crimes, you need a financial crime lawyer on your case as soon as possible. If you have received a federal grand jury subpoena, a letter, or even just a phone call from a federal agency that leads you to believe you are under investigation, do not respond before calling a federal lawyer who can advise you moving forward.
Federal white-collar cases are complex and high-stakes. They involve federal agencies, complex financial circumstances, and long prison sentences for the convicted. Don’t gamble with the outcome. Call the white-collar crime lawyers at Flanary Law Firm at (210) 738-8383 for aggressive, expert federal defense.
What are white-collar crimes?
White-collar crimes are non-violent, financially motivated crimes. The FBI defines them as “illegal acts which are characterized by deceit, concealment, or violation of trust and which are not dependent upon the application or threat of physical force or violence.” Usually, white-collar crimes are carried out by business professionals or a network of business professionals looking to gain material wealth.
Are white-collar crimes federal or state crimes?
Is white-collar crime a federal crime? Not always. Historically, white-collar crimes have been investigated and prosecuted solely by the federal government, but the Texas Attorney General and District Attorney now actively prosecute white-collar cases that take place in Texas alongside the FBI and SEC (Securities & Exchange Commission).
Now, it is much more common for someone accused of serious white-collar crime in Texas to be tried in both state and federal courts.
Types of white-collar crime
Federal financial crimes run the gamut, but some white-collar offenses that are often charged in the federal system include:
- Mail fraud
- Bank fraud
- Wire fraud
- Healthcare fraud
- Anti-kickback allegations
- RICO violations
- Money laundering
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These white-collar crime examples are not exhaustive but you can bet that your charge will be charged as a federal crime if it crossed state lines or involved defrauding another institution. If you are arrested for credit card fraud or money laundering in Texas, for instance, and the money allegedly defrauded or laundered never crossed state lines, you will likely be charged within the state system.
Those accused of federal white-collar crimes often find themselves dealing with the SEC and the FBI, both of which commit large task forces to the monitoring and investigation of federal financial crimes. How does the FBI combat white-collar crime? The FBI works with government resources and private organizations to investigate and build cases against those who commit various financial crimes.
White-collar crime punishment
The charge incurred by a white-collar crime often scales with the amount of money the victim(s) allegedly lost, the way that the money was defrauded, the criminal history of the accused, and the court that the crime is being charged in. Federal white-collar crimes incur felony charges, and convictions often result in prison time, fines, and other secondary charges which are detailed below.
- Home detention
- Community confinement
- Prosecution costs
- Supervised release
Prison sentences for federal charges will be longer if multiple people suffered substantial financial harm. Suspects charged for federal white-collar crimes are often also being charged for crimes at the state level. It is imperative that you get an attorney who not only wins cases but knows how to do so at both the state and federal levels. If you need a federal criminal attorney in San Antonio, you need to call Flanary Law Firm for an experienced and aggressive defense.
Under suspicion of federal white-collar crimes? Call the financial crime lawyers at Flanary Law Firm.
Call an attorney the moment that you are contacted about a federal white-collar crime by the FBI, SEC, or any other federal agency. These investigations often last a long time, and the accused would benefit from having an attorney that they trust as early as possible. If the government is building its case against you, who is building your case against them?
Call Flanary Law Firm at (210) 738-8383 or contact us online for a free consultation. Don Flanary represents clients in complex, high-stakes financial cases across Texas. Your actions now can have an immense impact on the outcome of your case, so protect yourself by calling Flanary Law Firm.
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