california white-collar crime

White-collar crime encompasses crimes committed by business and government professionals in a non-violent way with the intent to obtain financial gain. Firstly the term was mentioned by Edwin Sutherland in 1939 as “a crime committed by a person of respectability and high social status in the course of his occupation”.
In today’s complex economy, financial crimes obtain various forms. It is essential to learn to detect the first signs of unlawful conduct in order to not waste your time and money in the future.
Below, we will introduce you the definition and main types of white-collar crimes. In the resources of our site you can find detailed information about different kind of financial crimes and fraud in California.

1. Definition of California White-Collar Crime
2. Types of White-Collar Crime
3. Penalties for White-Collar Crimes
4. Which Legal Defenses Can Be Used Against White-Collar Crimes Charges?
5. Legal Defenses for White-Collar Crime

In addition, we are ready to provide answers to your initial questions concerning white-collar crimes in California for free.

1. Definition of White-Collar Crime
White-collar crimes are defined as those illegal conducts which can be characterized by
– Deceit;
– Concealment;
– Abuse of trust.
White-collar crimes do not include use or threat of use of physical force or violence.

2. Types of White-Collar Crime

We can differ various types of white collar crimes, such as:
– Bribery;
– Computer crime;
– Environmental crime;
– Pension fund crime;
– RICO crimes.

3. What Penalties Can I Face for White-Collar Crimes?
If an individual will be convicted of any white-collar crime, he or she can face the following penalties:
– Fines;
– Prison time;
– Home detention;
– Community confinement;
– Restitution;
Nonetheless, penalties can be reduced or dismissed if the defendant cooperates with the prosecution in the investigation.

4. Which Legal Defenses Can Be Used Against White-Collar Crimes Charges?
Any person who commits two or more related felonies, a material element of which is white-collar crime, which involve a pattern of related felony conduct, and the pattern of related felony conduct involves the taking of, or results in the loss by another person or entity of, more than one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000), shall be punished, upon conviction of two or more felonies in a single criminal proceeding.
“Pattern of related felony conduct” means engaging in at least two felonies that have the same or similar purpose, result, principals, victims, or methods of commission, or are otherwise interrelated by distinguishing characteristics, and that are not isolated events.
In addition, if the convicted faced two or more conviction in a serie of charges like fraud or embezzlement, he or she can be sentenced for the additional term of punishment of two (2), three (3), or five (5) years in the state prison.

The Margarian Law Firm aggressively protects the rights of criminal defendants in California. There are always defenses that can help you avoid penalties. Moreover, sometimes a person can be innocent and, notwithstanding all circumstances, be accused of committing a crime by mistake. We will evaluate your case and engage as fast as possible in your defense for trial. Do not hesitate to contact us. We will do our best to get the best possible outcome for You! 

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