Defense Against White Collar Crime Charges In All Five Boroughs Of New York City
Retaining an experienced Manhattan white collar crime lawyer is critical at any time a person is accused of violating New York’s numerous white collar crime laws. White collar crime is a general term often used to define nonviolent crimes that are financial in motivation. What makes white collar crime accusations challenging is that mere suspicion of impropriety is often enough to ruin a career or land someone in jail. This is because people simply do not like the idea of white collar crimes and white collar workers, in general, are typically vilified in today’s political climate.
Whether you have been accused or charged with one of these types of financial crimes, contact Konta, Georges & Buza, P.C., today. Our team of criminal defense attorneys has the insight and experience you need to handle intricate criminal matters. We are intimately familiar with the criminal process on state and federal levels, which can make a difference in how your case proceeds and is resolved. Call 212-710-5166 for a free consultation.
The Difference Between White Collar Crimes And Other Offenses
Accusations of white collar crimes are complicated and the evidence in question is always voluminous. This is true because white collar crime, when it happens, takes place over a long period of time. As a result, it takes a long time for the authorities to find out about it and it takes even longer for them to prove it.
With white collar offenses; however, it can take years to find out that a crime even occurred. Also, it could take even longer to prove it or disprove it. For example, suppose an employee trusted with managing a company’s finances takes a small portion of the company’s money, turns it into cash, and pockets it. Suppose further that this person does this at such a minuscule level, compared to the overall amount of money the company earns, that no one even realized the money is gone.
However, that minuscule amount of money the money manager took in each increment adds up over time. Now, the company realizes that it lost millions of dollars over a long period of time, but where did it go? After all, the manager was in charge of the money so how can you prove that they stole it? It’s not necessarily an easy task. Doing so would require a careful examination of a lot of documents, figuring out patterns of behavior and potentially even forcing co-conspirators to cooperate.
Examples Of White Collar Crimes
White collar crimes tend to exist when people use deception or fraud to steal property, rather than force, or when government officials use their positions for financial gain. White collar crimes can include:
- Paying bribes
- Larceny and possession of stolen property
- Money laundering
- Falsifying business records
- Fraud, including health care fraud or welfare fraud
- Identity theft
- Lying under oath
Defense Against All Charges
Those feelings, mixed with any accusations of impropriety, are enough to allow people to jump to the wrong conclusions. Reason two is the voluminous amounts of documents associated with typical white collar cases are enough to make the head of a layperson spin. It’s just easier to assume the person is guilty than to really look at the evidence. This causes an inherent lowering of the burden of proof.
If you or a loved one is the target of an investigation in which the government thinks you committed a white collar crime or if you’ve already been arrested or indicted, do not hesitate to contact our firm today for a free consultation.