Gulfport & Bay St. Louis White Collar Crime Lawyer
Legal Representation for White Collar Crimes Throughout the Gulf Coast
Prosecutors have pursued convictions for white collar crimes more fervently in recent years, as public interest groups and state and federal officials have demanded stronger enforcement. However, a rush to judgment has resulted in honest people being pursued for crimes. If you are being investigated, the Gulf Coast white collar crime lawyers at Holcomb & Russell can help.
State & Federal Criminal Charges
White collar criminal investigations can be pursued on the state or federal level, depending on the specific charges and circumstances. If you learn that you are under investigation, you may want to contact an experienced Gulfport white collar crime attorney even before formal charges are filed. Our white collar crime attorneys throughout the Gulf Coast defend clients during investigations and after charges have been filed.
Some examples of white collar crimes include:
- Bribery and corruption
- Money laundering
- Tax fraud
- Tax evasion
- Price fixing
- Mortgage fraud
- Insider trading and securities fraud
- Internet and computer crimes
While white collar crimes are largely non-violent and may not seem as serious as a charge for murder or another violent crime, these cases have their own unique challenges. In some situations, someone in power is looking for a "fall guy," prosecutions can be politically motivated, or a case may gain media attention and prosecutors may feel compelled to get a conviction. We defend the rights of our clients in every stage of the legal process and all types of white collar cases.
Punishments for White Collar Crimes
The penalties for white-collar offenses include fines, community confinement, paying the cost of prosecution, forfeitures, restitution, supervised release, and imprisonment. According to federal law, there will be longer prison sentence whenever at least one victim suffered substantial financial harm.
What Is the Most Common Punishment for White-Collar Crime?
The most common punishments for white-collar crimes are home detention, fines, paying for the restitution, imprisonment, paying the cost of the prosecution. Federal sentencing suggests a longer prison sentence if there is at least one victim that suffered financial harm. Punishments can be lessened if the defendant takes responsibility and assists authorities in their investigations. Federal Agencies such as the FBI, IRS, and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforce white-collar crime legislation.
Are White-Collar Crimes Felonies?
White-Collar crimes are usually classified as felonies. The investigation of white-collar crimes can go on for months or even years. Until formal charges are filed, a person might be unaware that he/she is being targeted for a criminal investigation. If a person suspects that they are being targeted for a criminal investigation, even as a witness they should immediately get a defense lawyer involved. The complexities of white-collar prosecutions mean that a person’s exposure may not be clear early in the investigation.
Dedicated to Protecting Your Rights
It is important to remember that the prosecution must present evidence that demonstrates guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. In some cases, prosecutors offer a plea deal to get cases solved. Our Gulfport white collar crime lawyers have prosecution experience, which means they know how to identify weaknesses in the prosecution’s case and use this experience for the benefit of our clients.
Our primary focus is on getting you the best results possible for your case. You are our priority!
Extensive Trial Experience
Our attorneys prepare to take cases all the way to trial, if needed - we aren't afraid to fight for our clients!
Ofrecemos asesoramiento legal sobre el impacto de su caso en su vida.