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White collar crimes, sometimes referred to as "professional crimes", are illegal activities which typically involve the use of technology, actions to defraud organizations, institutions, or others for financial gain. Professional white collar crimes are illegal activities that typically do not include physical violence. When charged with a white collar crime you should take it very seriously, and consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately.
Being convicted of a professional white collar crime can be catastrophic to you personally, professionally, and financially. As new behaviors are identified, professional white collar crimes are an ever-changing field with new laws being written to include these new behaviors.
Depending on the circumstances, level of involvement, and type of White Collar Crime an individual is charged with they may be facing either misdemeanor or felony criminal charges. The type of White Collar Crime may also determine if the accused is to be tried in State or Federal Court.
It is important to be aware that in order to obtain a conviction, the burden of proof for Federal Prosecutors is less than that of State Prosecutors. In State Court the accused must be found to be guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. In Federal Court, a small amount of doubt may exist by the jury to achieve a conviction.
When charged with a White Collar Crime it is important to be made fully aware of your legal rights, defense strategies, and to have aggressive, detailed, and dedicated criminal defense legal representation in your corner. Hiring an experienced white collar crime defense attorney may provide you the best opportunity to achieve your desired outcome, or a fair and reasonable resolution.