White Collar Crime

Our white collar defense attorneys at Russell Mace & Associates, P.A. have been representing individuals charged with white collar crimes in federal court for over fifteen years, and have successfully handled hundreds of cases in this area.  We have the skill and experience necessary to make a difference in your case, whether it is protecting your rights during the investigatory phase, negotiating a beneficial plea bargain, or fighting for your rights at trial.  Our primary focus is to provide our clients with the best defense possible.

White Collar Crime Generally

The Federal Bureau of Investigation defines white collar crime as “those acts which are characterized by deceit, concealment, or violation of trust and which are not dependent upon the application or threat of physical force or violence.”  In other words, the FBI focuses on the nature of the offense rather than the background of a particular offender.  White collar crime is a very broad concept and encompasses a wide variety of offenses, including:

•   Bank Fraud                                       •  Identity Theft

•   Bribery                                              •  Mail Fraud

•   Embezzlement                                  •  Extortion

•   Wire Fraud                                        •  Healthcare Fraud

•   Insurance Fraud                                •  Racketeering

•   Money Laundering                            •  Investment Schemes

•   Insider Trading                                  •  Credit Card Fraud

•   Tax Fraud                                         •  Medicare Fraud

•   Mortgage Fraud                                •  Counterfeiting

Possible Penalties

Penalties for a white collar offense may include one or more of the following: imprisonment, supervised release, fines, restitution, and forfeiture.  Under federal criminal law, the sentencing determination for any case is largely influenced by the United States Sentencing Guidelines.  If you are found guilty of committing a white collar crime, sentencing will vary according to the amount of money at issue, the number of victims that have been harmed from the fraudulent conduct, and the defendant’s role in the illegal conduct.  All criminal cases are different and the federal judge will ultimately determine the appropriate sentence.

Our federal defense lawyers are highly proficient in analyzing the Guidelines, and will be able to give you an accurate estimate as to the amount of time you may be facing.  We believe our clients should be fully informed before deciding whether they would like to proceed to trial, negotiate with government for a potential plea agreement, or plead guilty.  These are decisions that a person charged with a federal crime has to make, but you do not have to go through this process alone.  Our white collar crime attorneys have handled hundreds of cases in this field and are prepared to assist you with your case.

Possible Defenses

The appropriate defenses depend on the particular crimes charged in the indictment and the amount of money involved.  Determining what defenses apply requires a great deal of time and dedication to investigating and analyzing your case.  Depending on your circumstances, potential defenses include:

•   Lack of Intent                                    •  Illegal Search or Seizure

•   Violation of Constitutional Rights    •  Insufficient Evidence

•   Entrapment                                       •  Duress

Ultimately, you and your attorney would have to discuss the defenses available and determine the best options that will work for you.  We have aggressive white collar crime lawyers at The Mace Firm that are ready to fight for your rights.

Steps To Take If You Have Been Indicted

If you have been indicted for a white collar crime, keep in mind the following steps:

(1)      DO NOT make any statements to anyone regarding the case or investigation.  Simply state that you have an attorney or are in the process of obtaining an attorney and you are unable to discuss the matter.  Anything you say can and will be used against you.

(2)      DO NOT give permission to search your person, your house or apartment, your car, or any other personal effects if the police do not have a search warrant.  This may become important for constitutional purposes in court.

(3)      DO NOT destroy what the authorities consider evidence.  This could lead to additional penalties in court.

(4)      Hire a white collar defense lawyer to represent you in the matter as soon as possible.

White Collar Crime Attorney

Defending a white collar crimes takes time and effort.  Our white collar defense attorneys are experienced in defending federal indictments all over the country.  We have attorneys licensed in South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and New York with over fifteen years of experience with federal white collar crime cases.  Our attorneys handle cases in federal court in a variety of jurisdictions including Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, and Florence.  If you or a loved one has been charged with a white collar crime, contact The Mace Firm for a free consultation or contact us online.


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