Seattle White Collar Crime Lawyer
Types of White Collar Crimes
The FBI briefly defines white collar crimes as "lying, cheating, and stealing." These types of crimes are normally motivated by financial gain and are often committed in a business environment, and in more recent years, through the use of the Internet. White collar crimes are usually committed by business people or public officials in a business environment. White collar crimes are not violent in nature and are committed using methods of deception, concealment and manipulation.
Our criminal defense lawyers handle a wide variety of white collar crimes including:
- Embezzlement: The theft of someone's property by a person who was entrusted with it.
- Identity Theft / Fraud:An intentional perversion of the truth with the intent of convincing a person to give up something.
- Bribery: The offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of something of value in order to influence the action of another person.
- Forgery: Creating or altering a document for the purpose of fraud or deceit.
- Extortion: Threatening or using violence or other criminal means to cause harm to a person, their reputation or their property in order to obtain property from someone else without their consent.
- Larceny: Illegally taking someone's personal property in order to deprive them of their possessions.
- Money Laundering: Disguising the original source/destination of illegally obtained funds.
- Price Fixing: A violation of free market operations when two parties agree to set a price that is unfair.
- Tax Evasion: Intentionally avoiding paying mandatory taxes to the government.
If you are being investigated for a white collar crime, or are already charged, you need a skilled Seattle criminal attorney to advocate for you. Several notorious white collar crimes committed on a large scale have made headlines in recent years. Public opinion against these crimes is intensifying, and law enforcement task forces at both the state and federal level have increased their focus on all types of financial crimes. It is essential that you have a dedicated attorney who is protecting your rights and has a great depth of experience in white collar crimes.
Aggressive Defense for Washington White Collar Crimes
White collar crimes usually violate federal laws, which will mean that they will be charged as Federal offenses. Whether you have already been arrested or are currently under investigation, you need a Seattle criminal lawyer who is well versed in federal laws and court procedures. White collar crimes are very complex in nature and your defense attorney can help effectively lead you through the process and can make sure you do not face the harsh and long-lasting penalties that can come from a conviction.
Here at Baker, Lewis, Schwisow & Laws, PLLC, we believe that early prevention on the part of our firm is vital to successfully fighting your charges. If you contact our firm at the beginning of your case, we can become involved before formal charges are filed. This allows us to find willing witnesses and favorable evidence that may persuade the prosecutor to drop your case and not bring charges. During an investigation, police are rarely interested in trying to prove that their suspect is innocent. Rather, they are gathering evidence to build a case against the suspect. This is why it is essential for your criminal lawyer to conduct an independent investigation of your situation and the evidence brought against you.
If you or a loved one is under investigation for a white collar crime or has already been formally charged, contact a Seattle criminal defense attorney today for superior representation!