White collar crime commonly refers to those crimes committed in a professional capacity and usually involving an element of financial gain. Charges that typically fall under white collar crime include:
- Tax evasion
- Securities fraud
- Insider trading
- Identity theft
- Mail fraud
- Medicare fraud
- Mortgage fraud
- Public corruption
- Official misconduct
- Antitrust violations
Most white collar offenses fall under the jurisdiction of federal authorities. Federal statutes covering these offenses, as well as federal indictments, can be cumbersome and confusing. Hiring a criminal attorney experienced with white collar offenses is essential when you are the subject of an investigation or arrest. Convictions carry severe penalties, including restitution and jail/prison time, and defendants take a risk without a seasoned attorney representing them. You may also be subject to forfeiture laws and lose your property even if you aren't charged or convicted. Defending an individual accused of committing a white collar crime takes unique knowledge and professionalism. The attorneys at Grace Tisdale & Clifton P.A. have the expertise to preserve your rights — and your future.
You Can Never Start Too Early Preparing Your Defense
Often very complex to investigate, prosecutors and investigators frequently rely on information provided by the subject of an investigation in order to prove claims against them. A knock on the door from an FBI agent, a letter from the IRS, or law enforcement requesting access to information without a warrant — all can be the start of evidence gathering for their side. You may not even realize the impact your statements have on your case. It may be that you mean to be helpful but the information implicates you in some way. If you suspect that you may be the subject of a current or future investigation, it is always best to consult with a lawyer experienced in defending white collar crimes. Your future is too important to place in inexperienced hands.
If you believe you may be under investigation in North Carolina, the time to call is now. Call us in our Winston-Salem office at 888-441-8522 or email us to find out how you can protect yourself.