White collar crimes are non-violent crimes; they don’t involve physical harm, but are usually economic crimes, involving money. The term was coined in 1939 by sociologist Edwin Sutherland who defined white collar crime as a “crime committed by a person of respectability and high social status in the course of his occupation.”
In Phoenix, Arizona, and elsewhere, white collar crimes are often prosecuted in the federal court system. If you are convicted of a white collar crime, depending on the specific type of crime and the amount of money involved, you may be facing extremely large fines, restitution, forfeiture of assets, loss of license, and years in state or federal prison. Being charged with a white collar crime can destroy your reputation, your career, and your prospects for the future, so it pays to fight aggressively to defend yourself against the allegations.
Types of White Collar Crime
The list of white collar crimes is extensive, with new schemes being invented all the time. This is a partial list of some of the more common types of white collar crime:
- Corporate fraud
- Securities fraud
- Commodities fraud
- Currency fraud
- Healthcare fraud
- Insurance fraud
- Mail fraud
- Wire fraud
- Mortgage fraud
- Internet fraud
- Mass marketing fraud
- Bank fraud
- Credit card fraud
- Tax evasion
- Identity theft
- Theft of intellectual property
- Consumer fraud
- Money laundering
- Breach of fiduciary duty
- Telemarketing fraud
- Welfare fraud
- Computer hacking
Notice that You’re Being Investigated for a White-Collar Crime
If you are being investigated for a white collar crime, you will usually know well before an arrest is made. You may receive a target letter informing you that you are under investigation, or you may be contacted directly by an agent of a state or federal agency. You may have business records seized pursuant to a warrant or you might be served with a subpoena duces tecum to appear before a grand jury with certain specified records.
If any of these things occurs, you will do well to protect yourself by hiring a very experienced Phoenix area white collar criminal attorney, preferably one who is board certified in criminal law and who has a team of investigators and forensic accountants available to assist in your defense.
Board Certified White Collar Crime Attorney for Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona
In the Phoenix area, white collar criminal defense lawyer Howard A. Snader is certified by the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization as Criminal Law Specialist and has received the highest AVVO rating possible. He has an investigative team of respected forensic accountants on call to delve into the facts of the case to identify any evidence tending to disprove or cast doubt upon the allegations against you.
Every case is different, and no one can legally promise you a specific outcome. The defense strategy will depend on the specific circumstances of your case, but you can be assured that regardless of the situation, Howard will work tirelessly and aggressively to achieve the best resolution for you. His aim will be to preserve your reputation and your options for the future and to avoid time in prison.
Call the law offices of Howard A. Snader, LLC, in Phoenix immediately if you receive a target letter or are served with a warrant or subpoena for your records. These cases are highly detailed and labor-intensive, so put Howard and his investigatory team to work for you at the earliest indication that you are the target of an investigation.