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Santa Rosa White Collar Crimes


Expert Legal Defense for White Collar Crimes in Northern California

“White collar” is a term applied to certain offenses that are often carried out by those in positions of authority or trust and/or committed in the course of their employment. These are crimes that are commonly financially motivated and typically involve some kind of deceit or theft. Despite the fact that they are not violent, they carry hefty penalties upon conviction. 

White collar crimes can destroy reputations, careers, and businesses. Defending these crimes takes a skilled attorney with an eye for detail who can comb through paperwork and evaluate your case thoroughly. These crimes may also call for experts, such as forensic accountants and IT professionals, to help review and assess data and documentation. At Wilber Law Offices, P.C., we have the knowledge, resources, and skills needed to help build strategic defenses on behalf of clients accused of these crimes. 

Under investigation or arrested for a white collar crime? Call Wilber Law Offices, P.C. today at (707) 986-4482 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our white collar crime lawyers in Santa Rosa.

Common White Collar Crimes and Defense Strategies

White collar crimes can include the following:

  • Embezzlement
  • Forgery
  • Money laundering
  • Bribery
  • Tax evasion 
  • Securities fraud
  • Computer fraud
  • Credit card fraud
  • Identity theft
  • Internet fraud
  • Mail fraud
  • Bank and wire fraud
  • Welfare fraud
  • Health care fraud
  • Public corruption
  • Human trafficking
  • Investment fraud
  • Insurance fraud
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Extortion
  • Counterfeiting

Understanding the Consequences of White Collar Crimes

Despite the fact that these crimes are generally nonviolent, penalties upon a conviction could include repayment of restitution to victims, probation, forfeiture of assets, fines, jail time, or even prison terms. How you are punished will depend on the nature of the time, the extent of the financial damage to victims, and other circumstances specific to your case. 

These offenses may be charged as misdemeanors or felonies, and many are “wobblers,” which means they could be charged either way, depending on the specifics of the case and your criminal history, if any. 

Impact of Fraud Charges on Immigration and Professional Licenses

Fraud crimes are also commonly regarded as crimes of “moral turpitude” in California, which can lead to removal or deportation for those who are not U.S. citizens. They may also lead to the suspension or revocation of a professional license needed for your career.

What You Should Do If You're Under Investigation for a White Collar Crime

Being under investigation for a white collar crime can be a daunting and stressful experience. These crimes, which include fraud, embezzlement, insider trading, and other financial misconduct, often involve complex legal issues and substantial penalties. Here’s what you should do if you find yourself in this situation:

First, it’s crucial to remain calm and composed. Panic can lead to poor decision-making, which might worsen your situation. Understanding that you are not alone and that many people have successfully navigated such investigations can provide some comfort.

Next, do not attempt to handle the investigation on your own. The intricacies of white collar crime laws require specialized knowledge that only an experienced attorney can provide. Hiring a lawyer with expertise in white collar crime is essential. Your attorney can help you understand the charges, guide you through the legal process, and develop a defense strategy tailored to your case.

It's also important to exercise your right to remain silent. Anything you say can be used against you, so avoid discussing the investigation with anyone other than your attorney. This includes colleagues, friends, and family. Even seemingly innocuous comments can be misconstrued or used as evidence against you.

Another key step is to preserve all relevant documents and communications. Destroying or tampering with evidence can lead to additional charges and can significantly damage your defense. Your lawyer will need access to all pertinent information to build a robust case on your behalf.

Lastly, be proactive in cooperating with your attorney and preparing your defense. This might involve gathering evidence, identifying potential witnesses, and preparing for possible court appearances. Staying organized and proactive can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case.

Facing a white collar crime investigation is challenging, but with the right approach and legal guidance, you can navigate it effectively.

Get a Free Consultation with Santa Rosa's Leading Fraud Defense Lawyers

If you are facing a white collar crime, our firm has attorneys who are zealous, detail-oriented, and dedicated to exploring every avenue of your case. We understand how frightening and stressful it is to be charged with a crime. Our legal team wholeheartedly believes in your right to present a competent and rigorous defense, whether that involves negotiating a lesser penalty or standing up in court for you at a jury trial.

Contact Wilber Law Offices, P.C. today to get started on your defense with our Santa Rosa white collar crime attorneys.

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