Phoenix White Collar Lawyer
Schill Law Group has a dedicated team of criminal defense attorneys that represent defendants in white collar crimes. We work with each client individually to ensure that the best possible result is achieved. Our white collar attorneys only handle criminal law cases, and use their decades of experience and expertise in these cases to uncover all of the facts in building the strongest possible defense in every case.
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What Is a White Collar Crime?
White collar crimes fall under a number of different categories on both the state and federal level. These crimes typically refer to a type of financial, corporate or economic crime that is committed by employees or professionals using deception.
The most common type of white collar crime we see in Arizona is forgery. There are various types of fraud cases like mortgage fraud, benefits fraud, healthcare and AHCCCS fraud, insurance fraud and securities fraud. Other types of white collar crimes include fraudulent schemes, theft, embezzlement, money laundering, and more.
If you are charged with any kind of white collar crime, call us today for a free, no risk consultation with an experienced attorney.
Types of White Collar Crimes
Per ARS § 13-2310 fraud schemes occurs when a person creates a scheme or artiface to defraud Learn More
There are various types of fraud including mortgage fraud, benefits fraud, insurance fraud, securities
Under ARS § 13-2317 money laundering is the transfer of illegally obtained money between multiple Learn More
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Following the financial crisis, prosecutors began a new push to crack down on white collar crimes. This included an increase in proactive investigations, decisions to prosecute cases that previously would not have been prosecuted, and a push for harsher penalties in the cases that are prosecuted. Prosecutors frequently look to use white collar cases to set an example that shows that they are tough on these types of crimes. With that in mind, it can be crucial to have an aggressive and experienced criminal defense attorney on your side.
What Exactly is a White Collar Crime?
“White collar crime” isn’t a specific legal charge but a common name for a broad class of crimes that are generally financial in nature. Common examples of white collar crimes include embezzlement, healthcare fraud, mortgage fraud, money laundering, and securities fraud. The term comes from the fact that these types of crimes are typically committed by individuals who are in an office setting where white-collared dress shirts are worn.
What Are the Penalties for White Collar Crimes?
White collar crimes are punishable according to the specific crime committed. Theft is one of the most common white collar charges, and if the amount stolen was over $25,000, the penalty is 3 to 12.5 years in prison, a fine of up to $150,000, court surcharges, and civil restitution. Nearly all white collar crimes cross the $1,000 threshold for a felony theft and may be subject to other felony charges such as forgery. White collar crimes may also fall under federal jurisdiction, and the federal sentencing guidelines often call for even harsher penalties than for similar conduct under Arizona law.
Defending a White Collar Charge
Unlike many criminal charges, white collar charges are often brought after a lengthy investigation, and the targets of the investigation frequently find out they are being investigated before any charges are filed. This presents an excellent opportunity to get out in front of the investigation and possibly prevent charges from being filed.
White collar cases typically involve complex facts and seemingly ambiguous circumstances. A complaint may have been filed by a person who suffered a financial loss in a complicated transaction, and the prosecutors may suspect fraud because they don’t fully understand the transaction.
The experienced criminal defense attorneys at The Schill Law Group are ready to show that no criminal conduct occurred. Our team of attorneys include former prosecutors and a judge who know what prosecutors look for when bringing charges and what evidence will sway a jury in court. Most importantly, you will remain in contact with a single attorney from the moment you come to our firm so you can be assured that your lawyer fully understands how to attack the charges against you no matter how complex your case is. Our firm serves clients Valley wide. Contact our office today at (480) 680-7432 to schedule a free consultation and discuss your case in confidence.
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