Many people do not accurately understand what a white-collar crime is, much less the consequences and punishments if the state charges an individual with a white-collar crime.
CEOs and Wall Street Executives are not the only ones to commit white-collar crimes. In fact, white-collar crimes are much more common than you think.
What is a white-collar crime?
There are many white-collar crimes under the California Penal Code, including:
- Filing a false document
- Passing bad checks
- Fraudulent use of a credit card
- Embezzlement by a Public Official
- False impersonation
- Theft by false pretenses
- False financial statements,
- and many more.
These crimes are serious. In California, they are prosecuted by the Local Prosecutor’s office, the District Attorney’s office, and the Federal Government.
In the past few years, the state of California has increased its focus on white-collar criminals and white-collar crimes, to crack them down quickly and forcefully. These crimes are grave, so most people charged with them choose experienced counsel to guide and advise them.
What makes white-collar crimes more complex?
Unlike other types of crime, the legal theories and rules used in these cases are different than the ones used in other crimes. It is not uncommon for people charged with a white-collar crimes to end up in front of a grand jury.
It is critical to understand that this area of the law is highly nuanced; thus, it is vital to have suitable representation to advocate for you and your rights. Every case is different. Ensuring that you have proper representation can determine the difference between a successful case for the defendant and an unsuccessful outcome for them.