Many people mistakenly believe that being convicted of what is traditionally known as a ‘white collar’ crime is not serious relative to the penalties faced for a conviction on a ‘violent crime’ charge. Nothing could be further from the truth, and operating under this assumption is a mistake that could cost a person his or her freedom for many years. If you are being investigated, or have been charged, with a white collar crime, you need a criminal attorney with experience in defending against these types of charges.
White Collar Crimes in Southern California
Unlike many criminal acts, in which an arrest may take place spur of the moment, when you are being investigated for a white collar crime, it is highly likely you will have advanced warning. The time of arrest is not the time to start looking for legal representation. The earlier you involve an attorney in the legal process, the less likely the case will go to trial and the better chance you will have of defending yourself against the charges.
There are a number of different crimes that are typically charged and prosecuted in federal court, and a few examples of these white collar crimes include:
- Internet and computer crimes
- Securities fraud
- Medicare/Medicaid fraud
- Money laundering
- Environmental crimes
- Obstructing justice
- RICO violations
- Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations
Southern California White Collar Defense Attorney
Stephanie Ames is a white collar defense attorney serving the Southern California counties of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange and Ventura. Her history of defending clients who have been charged with white collar crimes gives her an advantage in white collar cases. As in other criminal acts, even if a crime was committed, the solution is not always cut and dry. Circumstances surrounding the crime itself, the investigation, and the prosecution of the case all come into play in determining the fate of a white collar defendant. Attorney Ames handles every case personally, from grand jury investigation, through trial and appeal.
If you have been charged with a white collar crime in Southern California, not just any criminal attorney will do. By choosing a criminal attorney with white collar experience, you can be assured you will be properly represented in hearings, during meetings with prosecutors, and at trial, if it comes to that. White collar crime may be in a separate legal category from other criminal acts, but the necessity of mounting a proper defense against the charges remains the same.