If you or your business is under investigation by federal regulators for financial crimes, you need a criminal defense lawyer who has experience defending the accused from white collar charges. As stated in Florida law, white collar crimes encompass a wide array of felony acts, including wire fraud, computer-related crimes, the exploitation of elderly people, forgery and counterfeiting, fraudulent practices, bouncing checks, bribery of public officials, and racketeering. Most white collar crimes have some form of financial deception in common.
It's time to face the truth: you have plenty to lose, and juries don't take kindly to CFOs, executives, and bankers in today's climate. Regardless of your personal circumstances, your life and livelihood are about to go under the microscope. If you don't have an ally who knows the law and how to protect you, you could end up losing everything. People who commit white collar crime are liable to have all of their assets seized to pay restitution, rendering them devoid of cash and unable to find employment after imprisonment.
Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security—white collar crime charges are serious, and how your trial ends will determine the rest of your life. There's no reason to risk your future by not calling a lawyer right now. Call (954) 543-1788 for an initial consultation on your case.
In addition to the massive federal penalties for fraud, potential settlements against plaintiffs for civil suits, and the loss of their businesses, people convicted of white collar crimes are facing prison sentences if their trial goes poorly. For people in licensed positions, including lawyers, doctors, and pharmacists, a conviction would mean possibly losing their livelihood for decades to come.
Maximum sentencing for white collar crimes are as follows:
In 2001, Florida lawmakers passed the White Collar Crime Victim Protection Act, which created a class of charges called “aggravated white collar crime.” Aggravated white collar crime is when any person commits two white collar offenses that are not isolated (meaning they are similar in intent, accomplices, methods, results, or any other distinguishing characteristics). The Act stipulates that if a person commits aggravated white collar offenses against 20 people, 10 elderly people, or a state government entity, it is tried as a first-degree felony with a fine of $500,000. Even if you have enough assets to cover the fine, you don't have enough life to cover a 30-year prison sentence.
Keep in mind that these fines and punishments are separate from a defendant’s requirement to forfeit profits made from their illegal operations or to make restitution to the victims. Apart from the criminal proceeding, defendants may also be sued in a civil claim for the losses they caused. However, your first priority should be your criminal case—paying back a plaintiff is far different from suffering prison time.
At Rudenberg & Glasser, P.A., our Fort Lauderdale white collar defense attorneys have helped thousands of clients achieve acquittals or dismissals. We have helped lower the charges against our clients, thereby lowering the fines and sentences they were facing. Our team has the strategies and tactics necessary to protect your future and your assets. All you need to do is call our firm at any time, 24 hours a day.
Call (954) 543-1788 today for a free review of your case—call us as soon as possible.