Fresno White Collar Crime Attorneys
Understanding White Collar Crimes in California
As an upstanding businessperson, the future of your career depends heavily on your reputation. By maintaining your position and making valuable connections with other businessmen and women, you hope to further your career. This means that any criminal charges or convictions could cause permanent damage to any plans you had for the future, especially if they are for a white collar crime.
If you are facing charges of a white collar crime, our legal team at Sawl Law Group can immediately provide skilled and aggressive defense. With more than 30 years of combined experience, including time spent as prosecutors, we have handled hundreds of trial cases and understand what it takes to obtain the most favorable outcome in white collar crime cases.
Types of White Collar Crimes
Most white collar crimes are committed with the intent of personal gain on the part of the offender.
- Embezzlement is when a businessperson who has been given responsibility of another person’s assets – such as a banker – moves or uses those assets for their own benefit and is punishable according to state law depending on the type of property stolen.
- Fraud comes in many forms, such as mail fraud, internet fraud and identity fraud. Creating a false document or identification of any kind is forgery and is punishable by up to one year in jail.
- Money laundering is committed when a person, organization or company transfers illegally obtained assets in such a way that the assets appear legal.
What are the Penalties for White Collar Crimes?
The following are the penalties for several white collar crimes in California:
Embezzlement - If this crime involves money or property worth up to $950, then it is a misdemeanor offense, punishable by a maximum jail term of six month. If embezzlement involves more than $950, a vehicle, or a firearm, it is a felony offense that carries a maximum jail term of three years.
Fraud - From credit card fraud and identity theft to healthcare fraud and insurance fraud, there are a wide range of fraud-related crimes. Fraud can either be charged a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the amount involved and the circumstances of the crime.
Forgery - This crime is a wobbler offense, which means it can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony. Misdemeanor forgery carries a jail sentence for up to one year and a maximum fine of $1,000. Felony forgery is punishable by maximum jail term of three years and a fine of up to $10,000.
Money Laundering - This crime is also a wobbler offense. A misdemeanor conviction results in a maximum jail sentence of one year and a fine not exceeding $1,000, while a felony conviction leads to a jail term of up to three years and a maximum fine of $250,000 or twice the amount of money involved in the crime.
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Our Visalia white collar crime lawyers can investigate your case, gather evidence, and develop an aggressive and effective defense strategy to either reduce the charges/penalties you face, secure a not-guilty verdict, or get your case dismissed altogether. We are ready to fight for you immediately.
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