As the world becomes a more complex place to do business, more and more people turn to technology and increasingly complicated financial transactions to conduct normal business activities.
Many safeguards have been set in place, but because white collar crimes can involve a large number of victims, law enforcement officials zealously pursue all kinds of alleged crimes. This means that people who are innocent may, in fact, become victims of these overly aggressive tactics.
White collar crimes can encompass a variety of activities. These can include:
- Securities violations
- Money laundering
- Insurance fraud
- Welfare fraud
- Healthcare fraud
- Loan fraud
- Identity theft
- Computer related crimes
- And more…
Because of the nature of these crimes, white collar crime cases often include extensive efforts to gather evidence, complex forensic accounting activities, and the investigation of multiple possible criminal co-conspirators.
Cases can involve state-level crimes, but just as often, they involve federal charges as well, such as the possible violation of the Federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). In federal cases, judges are often bound to render penalties following the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
Possible white collar crime defenses
One of the most important keys to mounting an effective defense is attempting to challenge the intent of a defendant’s actions. If it can be shown that a defendant was not intentionally attempting to commit a crime by lying or deceiving another person (or business), then this can cast reasonable doubt by reframing any questionable activities as honest mistakes.
In other instances, a defendant may be able to show that they were under duress – perhaps threatened with bodily harm or death – if they did not participate in the crime at hand.
Other possible defenses may include entrapment, incapacity, or even if a few cases, insanity.
Regardless of the crime or the circumstances of the case, it is critical to consult with an attorney as soon as possible once you are aware that you’re under investigation or if you have actually been charged with a crime.
The Law Office of Maverick Ray serves clients in Houston, Pasadena and other nearby Texas communities.