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What to know when under investigation for white-collar crime
It is always intimidating to learn that you are under investigation for suspected criminal activity, especially if you do not fully understand the nature of the allegations against you. White-collar crimes are serious, but many people fail to comprehend the severe nature of these charges and the potential penalties a conviction can bring.
White-collar crimes are financially motivated crimes. In most cases, these crimes lack an element of violence, but a conviction can result in penalties that can change the course of your life. If you are already facing charges of white-collar crime or you believe you may be soon, it is in your interests to act quickly to build a strong defense strategy.
Common types of white-collar crimes
White-collar crime is a term used to describe criminal activity that involves taking money or sensitive information through deceptive or fraudulent means. White-collar cases are complex, and they take a long time to investigate. If you are under investigation, you can go ahead and start working on an appropriate defense by which you can effectively confront charges that may come against you in the future. Some of the most common types of white-collar criminal charges include:
- Tax evasion: which is avoiding paying taxes through various means
- Money laundering: which is moving illegally gained money through various means to make it seem clean
- Embezzlement: which is taking money from a person to whom the defendant owed some type of duty, such as a financial advisor
- Fraud: which is taking money through types of deception, trickery and other deceitful means
White-collar crime cases often involve both state and federal laws, which means that the penalties for a conviction can be steep. It is in your interests to act quickly to protect your rights and seek experienced Georgia defense counsel, even if your case is still in the investigative stage.
Your defense can start now
You do not have to wait until there are formal charges against you to start working on your defense. The sooner you move forward with starting a plan for your defense, the better you will be able to fight back and protect your future interests.
When facing criminal charges of any kind, your future is at stake. You have the right to a presumption of innocence as well as the right to confront the charges against you and present evidence for the benefit of your defense.