White collar crime is a category of the law that focuses on financial-related transgressions made by corporate and government officials. While white collar crime is not violent, it is a gross assumption that it is a “victimless crime”. Quite the contrary; people who commit these crimes can destroy companies and financially devastate families. It’s important to understand what it means to be a white collar criminal and know that the implications of such crimes can be long-lasting.
Like any other area of the law, white collar crimes can include a number of transgressions. Many of the offenses focus on greed, lying, cheating, and stealing. Generally, the accused is in a position of trust where they are charged with managing money or allocating funds. While there are certainly a variety of white collar crimes, some of the most common ones include:
White collar crimes can range from misdemeanors to felonies. Generally, the amount of money or potential impact that the crime has a person or business will define how the crime is classified. Other things that are considered is the amount of power that the accused had and whether or not they were abusing a position of trust or if they planned the crime. Likewise, punishments can range from probation to lengthy prison terms. However, it is possible that some white collar crimes are unknowingly committed. In some instances, people are simply unaware that what they are doing is wrong. While ignorance is not a defense, it is much different than meticulously planning a crime.
Each criminal case requires the proper attention and defense. If you or someone you know needs representation in a white collar case, contact the professionals of Nickola law firm. Located in Flint, Michigan, we are well-versed in white collar law and what it means to provide quality defense. These type of cases can be complicated and require a professional eye to help you through the process. Know that you are not alone. There are people who can help you. Contact our offices today for a consultation.
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