If you are accused of a white collar crime, the penalties can be severe. In order to protect yourself, you need an attorney who understands financial crimes, and who has the experience to spot and exploit weaknesses in the government’s case.
While most of the news centers on street crime, prosecutors are focusing more and more on targeting economic crimes. Individuals and corporations are under increased scrutiny concerning their financial dealings, and the spotlight is on internet crimes, various forms of fraud, and other non-violent offenses. Austin criminal attorney Matthew Shrum understands the nature of economic crimes, and he has the experience to help. Call for a free consultation.
While there is no precise definition of “white collar crime,” the term is generally reserved for non-violent crimes, and crimes that are not drug-related, where the goal is financial gain. In some cases, the classification and the penalty in some cases will be determined by the value of the property involved. In others, the particular conduct alleged may determine the potential penalty. The following are some of the more commonly charged white collar crimes:
The above list is just a sampling of the many white collar crimes under Texas law. Commercial bribery, bad checks, Ponzi schemes, bid rigging, deceptive business practices, Medicaid fraud, money laundering and insurance fraud are additional examples.
Financial crimes do not fit into a neat category, in the sense that there is one scenario that fits all. The range of the offenses, the subject matter, and the methods of accomplishing the offenses, are wide-ranging. Nevertheless, they do tend to have certain things in common, including a paper trail consisting, at least in part, of financial records. Successful defense of economic crimes requires the ability to understand and analyze those financial documents. And while many criminal defense lawyers may do a creditable job cross-examining a witness to an assault, it is quite another thing to be able to elicit testimony from an accountant, a bank officer or a financial consultant.
Austin criminal defense attorney Matthew Shrum is dedicated to providing outstanding legal representation to those who have been charged with criminal offenses. When it comes to white collar crimes, Mr. Shrum will provide you with a realistic evaluation of your case. He will also review the information from law enforcement, determine whether additional investigation or expert testimony is necessary, and take any and all action necessary for your defense.
If you are facing a white collar criminal charge, call us today for a free consultation.