White collar crimes are so called because the accused are often businessmen and women; damage done is typically financial, involving paperwork or computerized financial accounts; and there is normally no physical harm done to anyone. Suspicions of white collar crime often lead to investigations, followed by criminal charges and arrests.
Many white collar offenses, particularly in federal court, are managed before any criminal charges are filed. Frequently, white collar investigations are commenced with a prosecutor sending what is termed a "target letter" to the person being investigated. If you receive a target letter, it is imperative that you take it immediately to a criminal law specialist. People being investigated should be aware that the government will also use its resources to seize assets, freeze accounts and take other actions that can damage their financial lives.
The following white collar criminal matters may be tried in state or federal court depending on the severity of the charges:
- Money laundering
- Computer crimes
- ID theft
- Tax offenses, including stolen identity refund fraud
Early Representation Often Brings The Best Results
If you have been charged with a white collar crime, the sooner you have an attorney on your side, the more options you may have for a favorable outcome. When we, the lawyers at Ball & Hase in Arlington, represent people in the early stages of a white collar crime case, we are often able to prevent criminal charges from ever being filed. This is an ideal outcome from a long-range perspective.
In any white collar crime case, we carefully monitor the potential impact of any action such as a plea on corollary matters such as professional licenses and immigration statuses when these are areas of concern.
Tarrant County White Collar Crime Attorneys Offer Free Consultations
Free consultation: If you have been charged with a white collar crime in Texas, contact a board-certified criminal defense attorney at Ball & Hase in Arlington. Email us or call 817-412-7449, twenty-four hours a day. We are here to answer your questions and advise you on effective defense strategies.