Colorado Springs White Collar Crime Attorney
What is a "white collar crime"?
Broadly speaking, a white collar crime is a non-violent crime, normally of an economic nature, and committed by a person in a position of trust or authority. White collar crimes normally take place in a commercial context, whether they are perpetrated by an employee, a manager, a business owner or an independent agent. The Federal Bureau of Investigation summarizes the field of white collar crimes as "Lying, cheating, and stealing." There has been an increasing level of attention paid to this type of crime in recent years, with high-profile cases such as the Enron case and the Bernie Madoff scandal.
White Collar Crime Penalties
Don't make the mistake of thinking that because a white collar crime is non-violent it is not a serious offense. In many cases, a white collar crime is punished as a felony, with sentences including decades in prison, thousands of dollars in fines and a lengthy period of probation. To make matters worse, a conviction for a white collar crime can have a devastating effect on your career; for example, if you are convicted of embezzlement, you may find that it is difficult or even impossible to find a suitable employment position. Many white collar crimes such as identity theft, credit card fraud and certain internet crimes, are investigated and prosecuted by federal law enforcement agencies such as the FBI.
After You Are Arrested
The key to success in defending against a white collar crime charge is to take immediate action as soon as you learn that you are under investigation. Fortunately, the suspect in this type of case will frequently learn of the investigation before an arrest is made, and if this is true in your situation an attorney from Clawson & Clawson, LLP may be able to intervene on your behalf to prevent an arrest from occurring. Even if you have already been taken into custody and released on bail, we can still take action to minimize the damage to your reputation and career and to help you avoid a conviction. Contact us now for a free confidential consultation and to get started on your defense.