Westchester County White Collar Crime Lawyer
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As defined by the FBI, white-collar crimes involve “lying, cheating, or stealing.” White collar crime can include blackmail, fraud, bribery, embezzlement, racketeering, forgery, and more. White collar crimes can cause victims to lose their savings, can keep families from being able to pay for college, and can even make it tough for victims to pay medical bills. If you’re convicted of a white collar crime, the conviction may not only lead to jail time, but you may also have your property seized by the government to pay back your victims. If you’re under investigation by law enforcement or the district attorney’s office or have been accused of a white collar corruption in New York, get legal help immediately by speaking with an experienced Westchester County criminal defense attorney at the law offices of Kimberly Pelesz New York Law, LLC.
WHITE COLLAR CRIMES IN NEW YORK
White collar corruption is found in the corporate realm and it is usually committed for financial gain. There are a number of illegal acts and schemes that are non-violent but all use deceit for monetary gain. The most common offenses committed by a white collar criminal are:
- Tax evasion;
- Identity Theft;
- Money laundering; and
- Insurance fraud.
Securities fraud is common in the corporate world. This is the fraudulent trading of securities, such as stocks. Insider trading is fairly common in corporate America and can be described as someone has inside information about a company or investment trades on that information in violation of a duty or obligation.
Securities fraud could also include luring someone into investing in a company by knowingly misstating the company’s prospects, health or finances. Ponzi schemes are very common white collar crimes. There are many different types but the bottom line is that this type of scheme involves fraudulently taking money from investors.
Embezzlement is the theft/larceny of assets (money or property) by a person in a position of trust or responsibility over those assets. This is common amongst investment advisors-turned-white collar criminals who improperly use client funds they have been entrusted to protect.
For prosecutors, embezzlement cases are almost never easy convictions. Sometimes a suspect has been framed by a co-worker. In other cases, someone took money without anyone’s knowledge, and the most convenient person available was accused. Still, with the many complications that can come up in embezzlement cases, it’s imperative to have knowledgeable, aggressive defense representation. In many embezzlement trials, a good defense lawyer can offer sufficient reasons for a judge and jury to “reasonably doubt” the charge against you.
If you steal someone else’s personal I.D. information and use it to commit forgery, fraud, or some similar crime, it’s identity theft, and it’s a serious charge. Identity thieves steal Social Security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, passwords, birth and death certificates, and anything else that can help them commit a crime. Identity theft is usually linked to – and paves the way for – a theft or fraud crime like insurance fraud, healthcare fraud, forgery, or embezzlement. To convict you – as you know – a prosecutor must prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, and that’s not always easy in identity theft prosecutions.
Criminal tax evasion is when a person or business tries to not pay taxes they owe. Tax evasion can range from simply filing tax forms with false information to illegally transferring property so as to avoid tax obligations.
If you have been charged with any white collar crimes you need to contact an experienced white collar corruption lawyer in the Westchester area. Know your rights and get the best representation available.
WHITE COLLAR CRIME PENALTIES
White collar crime punishments, if convicted, are extremely harsh. Most people convicted of white collar crimes have never been in trouble with the law before and suddenly, their entire life is in jeopardy. In addition to prison time, many convicted of white collar crimes also find themselves being sued by the victims or even the federal government. Contact an experienced Westchester County white collar corruption attorney if you have been charged with a white collar crime.
The penalties for white collar crimes do vary but usually include monetary fines and prison time. The courts follow the guidelines for sentencing, which is imposed by the state or jurisdiction. The guidelines do examine the crime itself and any prior criminal record. On rare occasion, a judge will sentence a defendant to probation or a shortened jail sentence, if there was no prior criminal history.
Even if you’re eventually vindicated, white collar criminal investigations can drag out for months and eat away at your time and resources. A good criminal defense lawyer can save you a great deal of time and aggravation during a criminal investigation or any other legal procedure. Allow the Law Offices of Kimberly A. Pelesz devise a strategy for your defense if you have been accused of a white collar corruption near Westchester County. The prosecutor must prove that you intentionally defrauded victims so let this very experienced law firm fight for you.
DON’T WAIT TO CALL
Perhaps you worked for a company that used you to take money unknowingly out of a client’s account, and you had no idea that the company was performing illegal activities. Perhaps the entire incident is one huge misunderstanding. If you’re charged with a white collar crime, a prosecutor must prove that you intentionally defrauded victims. An experienced Peekskill criminal defense attorney can help, but the longer you wait to call, the less time your attorney will have to examine your case and prepare the best possible defense on your behalf. If you’re charged with any white collar crime, immediately call Kimberly Pelesz New York Law, LLC for help from an experienced Westchester County white collar crime lawyer.
WE NEVER BACK DOWN
We are familiar with the local courts, we’re aggressive, and we don’t back down. With offices in Peekskill and Poughkeepsie, Kimberly Pelesz New York Law, LLC serves New York clients in Beacon, Fishkill, Wappingers Falls, Newburgh, Tarrytown, Greenburgh, Westchester County, Dutchess County, Putnam County, Orange County, and Rockland County. To learn more about how a white collar corruption attorney can help if you’re accused of this type of violation, email or call our law firm at (914) 402-4541.