Gainesville White Collar Crime Lawyer
Are you being investigated for or have you been charged with a business or white collar crime?
It is in your best interest to launch an effective defense immediately. Prosecutors are often more interested in obtaining restitution for victims rather than convictions, and our legal defense team will focus on encouraging the prosecution to avoid the courtroom in exchange for a reduction in charges or a case dismissal. White collar crimes can lead to serious state or federal charges with long-lasting consequences. A conviction can prevent you from ever qualifying for similar employment. It is imperative to prepare an aggressive defense early on before more serious charges are filed.
Penalties for White Collar Crimes
The State of Florida’s White Collar Victim Protection Act enhances the sanctions for nonviolent frauds and swindles. A white collar crime is aggravated when it victimizes 20 or more persons, 10 or more elderly persons, or victimizes the State of Florida. A person convicted of aggravated white collar crime may be liable for a $500,000 fine or double the value of their monetary gain, whichever is greater, in addition to restitution and court costs. 775.0844 Fla. Stat. (2018). If a white collar crime offender commits two or more related offenses that produced a gain of $50,000 or more, they can be faced with a first degree felony. A first degree felony has extended penalties of $30,000 and is punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
Cases We Handle
One of the most common white collar crimes is fraud. Any individual who gains control over an object or service by intentionally misleading another party is guilty of fraud, and this charge can include forgery, embezzlement, money laundering, and insurance fraud. At the Law Offices of Edwards and Jones, our trial attorneys are experienced in defending clients for business-related violations such as:
- Insurance, Mail or Tax Fraud
- Bribery, Extortion, or Blackmail
- Price Fixing
- Obstruction of Justice
- Misuse of Public Office
- Securities & Commodities Violations
- Computer Theft or Fraud
- Defrauding or Conspiring to Defraud
- Money Laundering
- Misconduct or Malfeasance
- Issuance of Worthless Checks
Defenses for White Collar Crimes
If you have been charged with a white collar crime, the prosecution has a head-start against you and often has extensive documentation of the offense. Our defense team can assist you in sourcing money and proving that it was obtained by legal means. We will examine what evidence the prosecution has and work diligently to build a defense strategy. Whether you are currently under investigation or have already been charged with a white collar or business crime, call us at (352) 329-3632.
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