Savannah White Collar Crime Lawyers
Defending Clients Charged With Fraud & Financial Crimes in Georgia
White-collar crimes are non-violent offenses typically committed by individuals or organizations in a business or professional setting. These crimes are often motivated by financial gain and can involve complex schemes to defraud or deceive others.
If you or your business is under investigation for these allegations, it is essential to seek the help of an experienced Savannah white-collar crime lawyer who can defend your rights and help you navigate the complex legal process. Our team has the knowledge and skills to effectively handle your case and protect your interests. You may or may not be guilty or have had some level of involvement. What is important to us is that you are defended correctly, and your rights are protected.
Types of White-Collar Crimes
Some common types of white-collar crimes include:
This involves stealing money or property from an employer or organization. Embezzlement charges may be connected to money laundering, which involves disguising the proceeds of illegal activity as legitimate funds.
Fraud includes a wide range of activities, and it can happen through everything from banks to mortgages to credit cards, to securities, to insurance, to accounting, to healthcare—including both Medicare and Medicaid. Ponzi schemes are another well-known example of fraud.
This is the illegal buying or selling of securities based on nonpublic information.
This involves offering or accepting a payment or other benefit in exchange for a favor or advantage.
This includes crimes such as hacking and computer fraud. It may also involve identity theft, where someone steals another person's personal information, such as their name, Social Security number, or credit card information.
This involves intentionally failing to report or pay all the taxes owed. Facing charges from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can be scary, and our Savannah white-collar crime attorneys can provide the capable and vigorous defense our clients need.
The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) can be used by anyone charged with certain offenses, including white-collar crimes, acting on behalf of an organization.
This involves the use of threats or force to compel someone to do something. It usually involves obtaining money or property from the victim in exchange for not carrying out the threat.
This is the act of creating fake or imitation versions of something, usually with the intent to deceive or defraud someone. It can involve copying money, documents, products, or anything else where the original would have value.
White-collar crimes can be prosecuted at the state and federal levels, depending on the case's specifics. These crimes are often investigated at the federal level by agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). At the state level, white-collar crimes may be investigated and prosecuted by state law enforcement agencies and state attorneys general.
What Are the Penalties for White-Collar Crimes?
The penalties imposed upon conviction are based on the level of financial damage and the impact the crime had on a company, government agency, or another party.
If convicted, you may be forced to pay expensive fines, or in some cases, you could be forced to forfeit assets, in addition to the prospect of a long prison sentence. All you have worked for could be lost, including your cars, home, property, and anything of value. Even if you are found not guilty, these assets can be held until the case is resolved at trial.
Due to the severe nature of these offenses and the lasting impact a conviction can have on your life, you must hire a criminal defense attorney with the proper knowledge and experience to help you navigate the complexities of state and federal court.
All defendants have rights, but these rights can be violated in any part of the criminal justice process. You may be the victim of illegal search and seizure or another act that oversteps the bounds of the law. Do not submit to questioning by law enforcement, even if you are innocent. Once you have been targeted as a possible suspect, you could face charges whether you are guilty or innocent, and will be forced to defend yourself.
When you are charged with a white-collar crime, every decision you make can impact the outcome of your case. The first thing to do is secure accessible and responsive legal representation from an experienced attorney.
Seek help from Schneider Lerch, LLC at once if you are under investigation. Remember that your most important choice is who should represent you. Our firm offers high-quality defense counsel, and we are incredibly proud of our many favorable verdicts in cases that initially appeared to be unwinnable.
We know all the strategies to protect our clients, and you can be confident that we will engage in any defense action that could benefit you. These actions include calling upon our professional resources in forensic accountants, computer experts, and others who could provide expert testimony to support your defense. We work with you to build a strong case to protect your rights, freedom, and reputation.
Call us at (912) 417-5008 or contact us online today to set up a free consultation.
At Schneider Lerch, LLC, you have an entire legal team on your side when dealing with serious criminal matters. We are ready to help you obtain the best possible outcome in your case.