What Is White Collar Crime?
White collar crime is a broad legal term that encompasses many different areas of criminal law. Generally, there are two major ways of defining what a white-collar crime is:
- Crimes committed by individuals who come from affluent socioeconomic environments, or crimes committed by people who through the nature of their job have been put in positions of financial trust.
- Crimes committed involving an economic offense, often nonviolent, and usually incorporate a theft or fraud.
Are the Penalties for White Collar Crime More Severe?
That is a question for your Norwalk Connecticut white collar defense attorney. The penalty Is nearly entirely dependent on the crime in question. Most penalties carry a large monetary fine because of the nature of a white-collar offense. Types of white collar crimes include but are not limited to:
- Bank fraud;
- Cellular phone fraud;
- Computer fraud;
- Currency schemes;
- Credit card fraud; and
The penalties for these various crimes vary depending on what you are charged with, such as if you are charged with a state crime or a federal crime, as well as the amount of money involved in the crime. If the fraud extends beyond the state of Connecticut it then involves interstate commerce which makes it a federal offense punishable by federal sentence guidelines.
What Defenses Are Available in White Collar Crime Cases?
Many white-collar crimes turn on what the defendant’s intent was. It is up to the state to prove that you intended to break the law. Many times a defense lawyer will focus their entire case creating a reasonable doubt about their client’s intention to deceive or defraud.
Deferred Prosecution Agreements
A Deferred Prosecution Agreement or DPA is a settlement between the defendant and the prosecution. The settlement generally will not involve a formal conviction, rather an agreement where the defendant is usually responsible for paying a monetary fine. In addition to the fine, the DPA will usually govern the defendant’s future actions. For example, the owner of a company that provides financial services may be subjected to a DPA that proscribes him or her and their company from engaging in business in a certain way or engaging in a business altogether.
Have You Been Charged with a White-Collar Crime?
The first step is asking a knowledgeable attorney about your charges. Daniel P. Weiner has over two decades of experience protecting his client’s rights when they have been charged with a crime. When the state or federal government files charges, they are bringing the full breadth of the government's resources against you. You need a fearless and dauntless attorney to defend your rights. Contact a skilled Norwalk, CT white collar defense attorney today at 203-348-5846 to schedule your free consultation today.