Tampa White Collar Crime Lawyer
While it’s true that a violent crime may be a more heinous type of crime committed against another person, white collar crimes are often penalized just as harshly, or even more so. To be sure, a conviction for a white collar crime can result in a lengthy prison sentence and large fine. At the law office of de Beaubien, Simmons, Knight, Mantzaris & Neal, LLP, our Tampa white collar crime lawyers understand this reality, and provide our clients facing white collar criminal charges with the strongest defense possible.
Understanding White Collar Crimes in Tampa
White-collar crimes refer to those crimes that are non-violent in nature, and therefore encompass a variety of crime types. Some of the most common and serious types of white collar crimes include:
- Corporate fraud;
- Mortgage fraud;
- Healthcare fraud;
- Money laundering;
- Securities fraud;
- Investment fraud;
- Embezzlement; and
- Tax evasion.
The Penalties for White Collar Crimes
Each crime is classified differently, and often times, the classification of the crime (i.e. felony vs. misdemeanor and degree of either) is dependent upon the amount of money involved. That being said, a white collar criminal charge can result in misdemeanor or felony penalties.
While a first-degree misdemeanor only carries a penalty of up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000, a first-degree felony can result in 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Consider that under Florida criminal code, organized fraud of $50,000 or more isa first-degree felony charge, and very well could result in these penalties.
Defenses to White Collar Criminal Charges
White collar crimes are often committed over multiple years of time and in a very crafty manner, and therefore understanding precisely what evidence the prosecution has against you is the first step in building your defense; it can be difficult for the prosecution to obtain the evidence it needs to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Once you understand the evidence against you, you can start building your defense, which might include claims of lack of intent, or even legal transfer of monies (or other acts).
Of course, striking a plea deal with the prosecution may also be an option. Our attorneys can help you to understand the options available to you and advise you regarding your course of action.
Call Our Tampa White Collar Criminal Lawyers Today
If you are facing white collar criminal charges in Tampa, don’t make the mistake of thinking that you can represent yourself under the illusion that the charges, and the potential penalties, aren’t too severe. White collar criminal charges, if resulting in conviction, can truly change the course of a person’s life, damage their reputation and impair future opportunities, and result in prison time and large fines.
Our Tampa criminal defense lawyers are ready to discuss your case with you today. Please call our office directly or send us a confidential message to learn about our defense services.