White Collar Charges Require A Serious Defense
If you have discovered that state or federal agents are investigating you for a white collar crime, you probably have many concerns. Consequences for these crimes tend to be severe, and you need experienced legal guidance to help you develop a strong defense.
At Fessler, Schneider & Grimme LLP, our criminal attorney, Timothy Schneider, has over 30 years of legal experience. He will help you understand the details of any charges you may face, advise you of your options and act as your contact point between you and the investigating officers.
How Is A White Collar Charge Different From Other Charges?
White collar offenses nearly always involve some type of fraud or embezzlement for financial gain. They tend to rely on deceit or a violation of trust rather than physical force or violence. They can be either state or federal charges but tend to fall under the category of federal offenses. That is because of the subjects involved, such as taxes, securities and mail fraud. The federal government often regulates these areas.
These types of issues are uniquely complex and require experience and knowledge. Some defendants don’t even realize that their actions violated the law. Laws and regulations regarding finances tend to be very complicated. You need an attorney both familiar with these complex laws and the federal court system in which they are tried. Attorney Schneider can offer you both.
We Consider Every Possible Defense
One of the benefits of involving an attorney early in the process is that your attorney can help build your defense before the government even brings their charges. In some cases, this can either reduce the charges or prevent them, altogether.
Once you are facing formal charges, we work to develop a strong case based on the details particular to your case. Defenses may include:
- Entrapment – This is a common defense for white collar charges, especially if law enforcement targeted the defendant in a sting operation of some sort. If the defense can show that law enforcement enticed the defendant into the illegal activity, then the actions are the fault of law enforcement.
- Lack of intent – Most crimes require the prosecutor to show that the defendant actually intended to break the law. In some cases, such as tax fraud, the defendant can argue that they made a mistake and did not intend to break the law.
- Nonfraudulent statement – Some charges are based on an alleged statement made by the defendant. If the defendant can show that their statement was simply an opinion, they can show it was not meant as a fraudulent statement directed at the accuser.
These are only a few examples of possible defenses. In all cases, we will help you determine whether any plea agreements offered by prosecutors would be in your best interest. If not, attorney Schneider is not afraid to pursue your case at trial.
Discuss Your Case In A Free Consultation
Attorney Schneider offers free initial consultations. Please call our office in Fort Thomas today at 859-291-9075 or reach out to us online to schedule your risk-free conversation regarding the charges you face.