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White Collar Criminal Defense

While many people can agree what does and what doesn’t classify as white collar crime, there isn’t one definition for what white collar crime is. Various organizations often have their own definition of what classifies as “white collar”. 

Understanding White Collar Crimes


According to the FBI, white collar crime must meet three criteria: 

  • If the illegal act is characterized by concealment, deceit, or the violation of trust. 

  • If the illegal act isn’t dependent upon the threat or use of violence or physical force.

  • If the illegal act occurred in order to avoid providing services or losing money, to gain a professional or personal advantage, or to obtain services, property, or money.


Though this definition covers a wide array of offenses, the majority of most prosecutions for white collar crime are for different types of business-related crimes that don’t often involve any physical force or violence. Most white collar crimes are motivated by a desire to increase one’s business assets and obtain financial gain. 

Most white collar criminal investigations are conducted by the FBI, the SEC, the U.S. Treasury, or the IRS. Sometimes, these cases involve multiple agencies. Even if there is an ongoing investigation, you may not be suspected of committing the crime. In some cases, your business could be investigated simply because it came up as part of an ongoing trial. 

You may also be under investigation for the following reasons: 

  • You were subpoenaed for your business records. 

  • You were presented with a warrant to obtain certain documents. 

  • A government agent contacted you in order to speak to an employee.

  • You received a target letter.


While all of the above don’t indicate that you are under investigation, it is important for you to hire a lawyer nonetheless. 

Defenses for White Collar Crime and Allegations of Fraud


If you’ve been accused of committing a white collar crime, it is important that you contact an attorney. While there are many ways to define white collar crime, there are only a few defenses that an attorney can use to ensure that you aren’t convicted, all of which include: 

  • Lack of Intent: In order for you to be convicted of a white collar crime for fraud, the prosecution must prove that you intentionally provided false information or deceived the victim on purpose. 

  • Non-Fraudulent Statements: This defense can be used in your case if you provided a statement that wasn’t demonstrably true and the victim acted unreasonably when they relied on your statement. 

  • Entrapment: The entrapment defense can be used in the event that you were persuaded to commit the crime by a government agent. If your attorney can prove that you wouldn’t have otherwise committed the crime, it is likely that you will not be prosecuted. 

  • Duress: This defense can be used if your attorney can prove that you were forced to commit the crime under threat of violence or bodily harm. 

  • Intoxication or Incapacity: These defenses can be used in the event that you were incapacitated or intoxicated when the white collar crime occurred. 

  • Insanity: This is a valid defense, but likely one that will require a guilty plea. Though you may get a more lenient sentence, there are negative consequences that come with using an insanity defense.


Depending on the type of white collar crime and any previous criminal history, your attorney may be able to negotiate for a lighter sentencing. 

If You’re Convicted of White Collar Crime


White collar crimes that are tried in Federal court carry with them serious consequences. If you’re convicted of a white collar crime, you may face the following penalties: 

  • Heavy fines 

  • Prison sentences 

  • Restitution 

  • Probation or supervised release

  • Home arrest 

  • Forfeiture of assets


As soon as you know that you are under investigation for white collar crime, you should retain a Federal criminal attorney. If you hope to protect yourself, as well as your assets, you need to get in touch with a lawyer as soon as possible.]]>

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