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White Collar Crime FAQ

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What is “White Collar” crime?

Fraud. While the term “white collar” has been around since the great depression, it is a catchall for any financially motivated action designed to make or preserve money through deception or fraud, rather than violence.

What does the Prosecutor have to prove in a Fraud case?

Depending on the type of charge there can be many elements that a Prosecutor must prove; however, the most difficult in a White Collar/ Fraud case is almost always INTENT TO DEFRAUD OR HARM. This will likely be the battle ground where your case is won or lost. This is where your attorney’s ability to persuade the jury that the Government’s case lacks sufficient evidence can be the difference between walking away unscathed or something much worse.

What are the possible punishments in a White Collar case?

The ranges are great. If it is a State case, you can expect a minimum range of probation to 10 years, up to a range of 5 – life. If it is a Federal case, the lowest range you can hope for is 5 – 10 years, up to a top end range of 15 to life.

How would I defend a white collar case?

Undermine and attack the case at its most vulnerable point. This is typically the element of INTENT TO FRAUD OR HARM; however, a thorough review of the facts may show another weakness that should be exploited exclusively, or in addition to, intent. These strategy decisions are very much on a case by case basis and can change just before, or even during, trial.

How do I decide if I want to fight my white collar case?

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