Employees and professionals typically commit those crimes classified as “white collar.” They include deceptive acts of financial, corporate or economic deceptions & wrongdoings. While these crimes aren’t violent in nature, the legal system nevertheless takes them very seriously. White collar crimes covers a wide range of criminal offenses but mostly commonly refers to identity theft, various types of fraud, & embezzlement.
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What are White Collar Crimes in Arizona?
There are many types of white collar crime, and each variation is punished based on the severity of the financial damages caused. A crime is typically labeled white collar when it is non violent & committed by a well-off and mostly respectable person with serious financial motivations.
Some examples of white collar crime include:
- Accounting fraud and embezzlement
- Asset forfeiture recovery
- Cyber crime and computer hacking
- Corporate fraud
- Drug crimes
- Mail fraud
- Medicare fraud
- Money laundering
- Mortgage fraud
- Real estate fraud
- RICO crimes and racketeering
- Securities fraud
- Telemarketing fraud
- Wire fraud
Committing any one of these crimes will result in serious fines, restitution fees and incarceration.
What are the Penalties for White Collar Crimes?
Penalties for these crimes vary depending on the severity of the case and the type of crime.
Penalties for fraud include jail, fines, & probation. Monetary fines for misdemeanor violations are typically a few thousand dollars. In addition to paying fines, the convicted person will have to pay restitution to the person or institution who was the victim. If the fraud was serious enough the convicted will likely face jail, or prison time. Misdemeanor cases will result in up to a year of jail time, and felony convictions can mean up to 10 years in federal prison.
Penalties for identity theft include prison time, fines, restitution to the victimized parties, and probation. A misdemeanor identity theft conviction can mean up to a year in jail, and more serious felony sentences can result in several years in prison. Misdemeanor fines for identity theft can be anywhere from $1,000 to $4,000 in fees and felony cases will easily cost you more than $5,000 in fines.
Is It Possible to have your Penalties Reduced?
It’s possible to have your charges reduced, but if you’re facing white collar crime charges, the penalties will be severe in most cases. It’s important to talk to a criminal defense lawyer right away if you’re being investigated.
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Those suspected of committing white collar crime oftentimes know they are under investigation prior to being charged. This gives them a unique opportunity to begin preparing their defense even before they are formally charged with a crime. Hiring a Mesa white collar crime lawyer early on is the best thing those suspected of committing white collar crime can do to protect their rights. JacksonWhite’s criminal law department is ready to help white collar crime defendants in the east valley prepare their defense. Visit our Arizona White Collar Crime Defense website to learn more about white collar crimes in AZ.
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