White collar crimes are no less serious because they don’t involve deadly weapons or physical harm. Law enforcement prosecutes these crimes just as vigilantly and determinedly as violent offenses. They include racketeering (RICO), extortion, embezzlement, credit card fraud, bribery, forgery, fraud, bank fraud, money laundering, counterfeiting, insurance fraud, mail fraud, false advertising, tax fraud, insider trading, identity theft, pyramid schemes, public corruption and antitrust violations. You’ll notice the common denominator: all these are crimes designed to bring in money by illegal means. Some are tried in state courts, but many are federal crimes, punishable in federal court. If you’re charged with one, you need experienced and committed legal representation as soon as possible.
White collar crimes are not easy for the prosecution to prove. They can require years of investigation, often begun before you even know you’re being watched. Prosecutors take their time with these sorts of cases, until the evidence against you is airtight. After putting in all this effort, they often go for stiff sentences. If convicted, you could spend considerable time in prison. This is not something you can risk. You certainly can’t attempt to handle charges like this on your own, or with an attorney who does not have extensive experienced with these crimes. If you opt for a public defender, his caseload may not allow him to devote the time and diligent effort required to make a difference against the charges you’re facing.
The attorneys at Katz & Phillips have successfully defended clients against white collar crime charges many times before. We know the factors that might make a difference when your case is presented to a judge and jury. We think outside the box, and we’ll work hard to come up with strategies and a defense that can exonerate you. At the very least, we’ll try to have the charges against you reduced. Call Katz & Phillips today for a consultation with one of our attorneys if you even think the state of Florida might be looking your way or investigating you for one of these serious crimes. The sooner we begin working on your case, the greater our odds of a successful outcome.