White-collar crimes are a broad category of criminal offenses involving exchanging money and information in business and government. These offenses often go unnoticed, and some people may be unaware they’re engaging in them until it is too late. But when government regulators and law enforcement agencies pursue charges, the consequences can be devastating.
A conviction for a white-collar crime can drain your finances, ruin your career, and even put you behind bars. If you have been accused of one of these offenses, even if you have not yet been charged with a crime, it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible. The Columbia white collar crimes attorneys of Truslow & Truslow can begin building your case right away, increasing your chances of success in or out of court.
White-collar crimes are serious offenses and are taken seriously by law enforcement and prosecutors. If you’ve been accused of a white-collar crime in Columbia, it is crucial to hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer to protect your rights and your livelihood. When you turn to Truslow & Truslow for help, you’ll benefit from more than 50 years of experience defending people just like you. Our attorneys are committed to protecting you against the harsh punishment the prosecution will seek, and it will be our goal to get the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether.
If you’ve been charged with a crime like bribery, embezzlement, fraud, or another white-collar crime, don’t despair. We will be ready to stand up and fight for you. Call us to schedule a confidential consultation right away.
White-collar crimes include a diverse range of offenses regulated by different government agencies at the state and federal level. Sometimes the first public accusation of such a crime comes from one of these government agencies, and sometimes it comes from a person claiming to be the victim. At Truslow & Truslow, we handle several white-collar crimes cases, including:
Bribery is where something valuable is given to another person to change a viewpoint or influence a behavior change. It can happen in many different ways. There is bribery of a public official, bribery of a witness, bank bribery, and sporting event bribery. For example, a referee in a sporting event receives something of value with the promise he calls the game to favor a certain team, ensuring that team is victorious. The referee would then be subject to fines and/or jail time.
Extortion is using threats or violence towards someone to obtain property or money. Mostly extortion is defined by threatening harm to an individual’s physical self, property, or reputation. Blackmail is a form of extortion. An example is someone threatening to share with the public sexually explicit pictures if a demand is not met. Extortion is a felony and can come with jail time and/or fines.
Embezzlement is when an individual steals money or property from a business. There is a difference between theft and embezzlement. Theft is taking an item from someone without the intention of returning it. Embezzlement typically happens in the workplace. Examples include someone stealing a computer from their work or a business trusting someone with their money, and it is transferred into a personal bank account to be used for personal gain.
In simple terms, forgery is taking something of value as a check and signing your own name to it to deceive someone. This also involves creating a fake document, like a contract or driver’s license. The intent to deceive will need to be proven in a forgery case. Forgery is a felony in each of the 50 states and comes with jail time, fines, and/or probation, to name a few.
Counterfeiting is creating a fake version of some document that closely resembles the original, with the thought that it replaces the original document. There are a few types of counterfeiting. Counterfeiting money, documents, or goods, are the most common. Creating a fake 20 dollar bill then using it to make a purchase is an example. Punishment for counterfeiting carries a fine and potential jail time.
Fraud occurs when someone deceives another for personal gain. There are several forms of fraud. A few most common types of fraud include healthcare or insurance fraud, voter fraud, credit fraud, and mail fraud. An example of fraud is when someone steals a credit card then uses it to make purchases. Fraud punishments can result in jail time.
Identity theft is the intentional act of using someone’s personal information to get personal gain. An example is getting a social security number, which can lead to getting other important information, such as name, birth date, and address. They then apply for a credit card or take out a loan in that person’s name. Identity theft convictions come with jail time.
A conviction for any of these crimes can carry steep penalties. Regardless of which offense you have been accused of, you must begin building your defense as soon as possible. Because of how government agencies operate in investigating white-collar crimes, it may be possible to clear your name before charges are even filed in some cases, and an experienced attorney can help you do so. In any case, an attorney can decrease your chances of conviction and help you avoid some of the more serious penalties, which can include huge fines and jail time.
Serious allegations demand a serious defense. A conviction for a white-collar crime can ruin your life and career, and even mere accusations can hurt your professional reputation. Truslow & Truslow’s experienced Columbia white collar crimes attorneys can build you a strong defense to help you through allegations of white-collar crimes. We will fight tirelessly to defend you against these allegations before or after charges are filed. If you have been accused of white-collar crime, call the Columbia white collar crimes attorneys of Truslow & Truslow today at (803) 256-6276.
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