White collar crime is serious business. White collar crime is loosely defined as non-violent crimes committed for financial gain, or to prevent financial loss. Another component of white collar crime is that no violence occurred, and no threat of violence occurred. You should know that white collar crime is handled in both state and federal court, depending on the crime, and the specific circumstances regarding how the crime was committed, where it was committed, and if a federal agency was involved.
Several federal agencies — the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), coordinate to enforce federal white collar crime laws. In addition, the state of California has several agencies that enforce white collar crime laws at the state level. These government agencies do a lot of research and spend a lot of time investigating before ever bringing charges against you. That doesn’t mean you can’t fight the charges. It just means you need a really good lawyer.
Anyone with these types of charges should consult with an experienced Los Angeles white collar crime lawyer. At the Simmrin Law Group, we have lawyers who specialize in defending clients charged with white collar crimes, in both state and federal court. In many cases, we can get the charges reduced, or help negotiate a better plea deal than the one you were offered originally. We also defend our clients in court, if your case goes to trial. Don’t talk to law enforcement or the prosecutor until you’ve spoken to a lawyer. It’s your right.
Federal White Collar Crimes
A white collar crime is nearly always a federal crime if it involves a federal agency, the crime crossed state lines, or involved the banking system in any way. Specifically, these federal white collar crimes can include:
- Antitrust Violations
- Bank Fraud
- Bankruptcy Fraud
- Environmental Crime
- Identity Theft
- Internet Crimes
- Immigration Law Violations
- Mail Fraud
- Money Laundering
- Wire Fraud
State Level White Collar Crimes
A white collar crime is generally charged at the state level if the fraud involved a state agency or only involved fraud within state lines. But it’s possible to be charged with a white collar crime at both the state and federal levels, depending on your individual circumstances. Common white collar crimes at the state level include:
- Auto Insurance Fraud
- Health Care Fraud
- Medi-Cal Fraud
- Mortgage Fraud
- Probation Violations
- Unemployment Insurance Fraud
- Workers Compensation Fraud
Possible Penalties If You’re Convicted of a White Collar Crime
Penalties for committing a white collar crime can be harsh, especially if you’ve been convicted of a white collar crime before, or if you defrauded an individual, company, or government agency out of an extraordinarily high amount of money.
Penalties vary depending on whether you were convicted in state or federal court, with federal penalties generally being more severe. If you’re convicted, you may face:
- Jail or prison time anywhere from six months to 30 years
- Fines anywhere from $1000 to $1 million
- Both a jail or prison sentence and the fine
Of course your best chance for avoiding jail time or hefty fines is to never get convicted in the first place. Our criminal defense team has a history of winning. When you hire our firm, we go to work for you right away, conducting our own investigation, examining the arrest records, search warrants and other paperwork involved with your case. Armed with this information, we can many times challenge the evidence being used against you. Many times, we can get certain evidence blocked. That puts us in a position to negotiate a better plea deal, or even get the case dismissed. ,
We can’t promise you that we will win your case, but we can promise that we will:
- Pay greatest attention to detail during every step of your case
- Provide dedicated legal representation backed by decades of experience
- Make your defense as solid as possible, using lessons learned from past cases
- Fight aggressively on your behalf
- Refuse to accept anything less than the absolute best possible outcome for your case
Contact a Los Angeles White Collar Crime Lawyer for a FREE Consultation
If you or a loved one has been charged with a white collar crime, you need an experienced Los Angeles white collar crime lawyer working with you to help make sure you get the best possible outcome for you and your family. Call the Simmrin Law Group at 310-997-4688 or use our contact form for a free case evaluation. We’re available to help you 24/7.