What Is White Collar Crime?

White collar crime refers to crime that involves monetary gain through acts of deception. Some common examples of this include:

  • Tax evasion
  • Fraud such as investment fraud
  • Insider trading
  • Embezzlement

White collar crime is not the same as theft. Its penalties could potentially be even more serious, and you could face charges on the federal level. However, there are specific criteria that must be met for a crime to be considered white collar.

Lessening Or Dismissing Your Charges

The most important criterion is intent. You must be aware that you are committing an illegal action and intentionally carry through on it. You may be able to lessen your charges to simple theft if you can prove you were unaware your actions were illegal. For example, you may use company money in a way you believe is appropriate and within your power but is actually misuse of those funds.

In some cases, you may have also been coerced or threatened into committing fraud or other illegal actions. This can be a defense against the charges you are facing.

These are only a few possible defenses that could apply to your case. A criminal defense lawyer will have knowledge of a range of possible strategies to defend you.

Put A Skilled Attorney On Your Side

White collar crimes are incredibly serious so it is important to seek an attorney's advice as soon as you suspect you are being investigated. The law firm of Alfred Fargione works with Georgia clients throughout Athens and the metro area to find the best legal solutions for their unique cases.

To schedule a free consultation today, email us or call 706-510-2802.