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What Is White Collar Crime?

The term “white collar crime” was first used in 1939 by a sociologist who wanted to show that well-educated and well-respected people of a high social status committed crimes in the course of their occupation. Today, examples of white collar crimes include:

  • Insider trading
  • Securities fraud
  • Money laundering
  • Antitrust violations
  • Embezzlement
  • Health care fraud
  • Ponzi schemes
  • Violation of environmental law
  • Insurance fraud
  • Intellectual property theft
  • Kickbacks
  • Bribery
  • Counterfeiting
  • Financial institution fraud
  • Mail fraud
  • Phone and telemarketing fraud

This is not an exhaustive list. If you have been charged with a white collar crime or know you are under investigation for such a crime, you need the services of an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney.

Why You Need Expert White Collar Criminal Defense

White collar crimes are generally, but not always, charged in federal court. The resources of the U.S. government necessary to prosecute you are almost unlimited. The risk of conviction is great. If convicted, you may face many years in prison or a hefty fine. Additionally, the government may seize some or all of your assets, claiming you purchased them with gains from your white collar crime.

If convicted, you will likely lose any professional license you have, making it impossible for you to continue your career when you are released from prison. Even if you avoid prison and receive a sentence of probation or community service, your ability to earn a living is compromised since you can no longer work in your chosen career.

With so much at stake – the risk of going to prison, the risk of losing your assets and the risk of losing your license to work in your profession – you owe it to yourself and your family to contact a criminal defense attorney experienced in defending those charged with white collar crimes.

A Proven White Collar Criminal Defense Attorney

Michael J. Wynne is an experienced white collar criminal defense attorney who spent 15 years as a federal prosecutor, so he knows first-hand how the other side works. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School who has more than 25 years of experience practicing law.

Mr. Wynne is passionately dedicated to protecting the rights of corporations and businesspeople under investigation for, or charged with, white collar crimes. He is detail-oriented, an important trait since a close examination of many records and documents is required in white collar criminal defense.

How to Defend Yourself

There are defenses that your attorney can and must raise. For example, almost every offense requires that the defendant acted with knowledge that the conduct was illegal. However, a corporate officer may be found guilty of actions of his corporation even if he or she was unaware of the illegal conduct. This is why a zealous attorney must thoroughly review all aspects of the case to present a viable defense.

There are no guarantees in the law, but your chances of positively resolving your case increase when you have the services of an experienced, knowledgeable, aggressive advocate like Mr. Wynne standing by your side. He has a track record of success. Contact him as soon as possible to start preparing your white collar criminal defense.

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