The term “White Collar Crime” is one that many people have heard multiple times. This has much to do with an increase in corporate scandals. What makes these scandals so different from other crimes is the fact that they are non-violent and they involve fraud on paper. In other words, fraud and deception for the purpose of financial gain tend to be the most common white collar crimes.
But while there are many that are guilty of such crimes, there are many that are not. Those that are not are simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Nevertheless, those who are guilty and those who are innocent all deserve the right Arizona criminal defense attorney by their side. If you’ve been accused of white collar crimes in Phoenix, Mesa, Glendale, Scottsdale or the surrounding area it is important to give Myles A. Schneider & Associates a call before talking to the police.
White Collar Crimes Defined
Our practice sees white collar crimes that are corporate, financial, or economic and are committed by individuals using deception rather than violence to get their way. The federal government has authority under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution to regulate white collar crimes within the United States. This means that a number of federal agencies can become involved, such as the FBI, the IRS, the Secret Service, the EPA, U.S. Customs, and even the SEC. Arizona can use its own agencies in enforcing the law at the state level, but, depending upon the type of crime and who has been victimized, the case can reach the federal level.
Here are some examples of white collar crimes:
- Bankruptcy Fraud
- Credit Card Fraud
- Tax Evasion
- Trade Secret Theft and Securities Fraud
- Money Laundering
- Health Care Fraud
- Insurance Fraud
- Telemarketing Fraud
- Computer and Internet Fraud
There are a number of acts that can fall under the category of white collar crime. The above are just a small number of those.
There is a specific sentencing structure that is used in Arizona when an individual is convicted of a white collar crime. First, the crimes are classified in classes with a Class 2 Felony being more severe than a Class 6. For example, a Class 2 offense warrants a maximum of 10 years in prison for a first offense, 18.5 years for a second offense, and 28 years for a third offense. A Class 6 offense results in a maximum of 1.5 years in prison for a first offense, 2.25 years for a second offense, and 4.5 years for a third offense. A Class 2 felony can also result in up to 7 years probation after prison release, while a Class 6 can result in up to 3 years probation.
Phoenix White Collar Crimes Defense Attorney
Perhaps you made a mistake or you were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. No matter the situation, you deserve an attorney experienced in representing clients accused of white collar crimes and one that has a record of success in such cases. We can handle all aspects of your case.
This means we are there for the initial hearing, the bail hearing, arraignment, and every stage of the process all the way through post-conviction appeals and motions, if convicted. You deserve the best possible result and that is achieved by contacting us today at 602-926-7373 or filling out the contact form on this page to schedule your free case evaluation.
Have you been charged with a crime? Get in touch with a qualified and professional Arizona Criminal Defense Lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your case! Our legal experts will fight for your rights and you will get you justice you deserve.