White Collar Crimes
White collar crimes are committed for some sort of financial gain and are on the rise in poor economic times. Individuals with fiduciary responsibilities and control over money can commit sophisticated embezzlement, fraud or other crimes that are difficult to unravel. In the year 2011, the FBI reported that one of their highest priorities was to put an end to the numerous instances of corporate fraud. This resulted in 242 indictments and 241 convictions for that year alone.
There are other white collar crimes that can include small or large-scale cases of bribery, forgery, mortgage fraud, insurance fraud, bankruptcy fraud, money laundering, and identity theft. Identity theft has increased nationally over the past few years and the state of Georgia ranks second in the U.S. Anyone who is facing charges for a white collar crime following an arrest or anyone under investigation for suspected criminal activities should seek legal advice from a criminal defense attorney.
Growing Concern over White Collar Crimes
Law enforcement has a challenge of staying ahead of the rapid growth of the areas of electronic technology that allows criminals to commit identify theft on the internet and steal personal information from unsuspecting victims. Offenders can use fraudulently obtained information to obtain fake driver’s licenses or take government benefits or tax refunds that belong to others. The possibilities are endless for those who wish to engage in criminal activities. There are harsh consequences for anyone arrested and convicted of a crime. For instance, a conviction for identity theft can mean 3-5 years imprisonment and/or up to $250,000 in fines. The offender may have to make restitution to the victims as well. Certainly, anyone facing serious charges of committing a white collar crime needs a strong defense.
Know Your Rights
You may be facing criminal charges but it does not mean you will automatically go to jail. Perhaps you are the victim of false accusations and are completely innocent of the crime. Regardless of your circumstances, you have the right to a defense and fair and just treatment by the courts. Your defense attorney can protect your rights and present your side of the case. Having a lawyer by your side at each step of the criminal process can make a difference in the outcome of your case. It is desirable to obtain the help of a firm that works hard for their clients with the goal of achieving the best possible case result. The firm of Henrickson & Sereebutra has over 40 years of combined experience defending clients against allegations for drug crimes, sex crimes, weapons charges, assault, battery, and other violent and non-violent crimes. Thorough case preparation and working closely with clients is just part of the high quality legal defense services they provide to their clients.