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Important facts about white collar crimes

A charge for a white collar crime is not something to take lightly. Though these types of crimes are usually non-violent, they still carry heavy penalties and may have a significant impact on an individual's life.

If you or a loved one face such charges, you will need to understand them to be able to address the situation properly. There are a few important facts to know about white collar crimes.

Definition

In short, white collar crimes are acts that result in the unlawful collection of money using deceptive practices. This may occur a few different ways and in several different industries. For example, a contracted accountant could be guilty of fraud just as much as a teller at a grocery store.

Types

There are a few different types of white collar crime, though many fit under the umbrella of fraud. Some of the most common types of white collar crime include:

  • Insurance fraud
  • Identity theft
  • Embezzlement
  • Money laundering
  • Insider trading
  • Tax evasion
  • Bribery

These are just a few of the possible vehicles for white collar crime. Depending upon the classification, the penalty may be somewhat light or quite harsh. However, this type of crime does result in a federal case, so convictions may result in serious jail time.

Burden of proof

It is up to the government to prove that the individual did commit the crime. This is not always an easy task, but the federal government has access to resources that allow them to collect the evidence they need and usually result in convictions. However, if there is any questionable evidence, or if the defendant can disprove any aspect that the prosecution presents, the judge may dismiss the case.

It is important for you to fully understand these and other related concepts concerning white collar crime charges that you may face. If you have any questions, it may be beneficial to speak with a knowledgeable attorney and discuss your possible options.

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