Oakland County White-Collar Crimes
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White-collar crimes are crimes in which financial gains are attempted or made through some form of deception by a business or government professional. Defendants must contend with prosecutors’ high conviction rates and the substantial resources they bring to their cases. With the stakes so high, seeking legal counsel as soon as possible is a must.
White-collar criminal investigations are unique in that a defendant will often know they are being investigated well in advance of being arrested or charged, giving the accused plenty of time to retain legal counsel—an opportunity not afforded defendants in other types of cases. Prosecution for such crimes is significantly longer than for most others, which makes having a knowledgeable and trustworthy lawyer particularly important. You need someone who is in it for the long haul, and who will follow through consistently for the duration of your case. I am a criminal defense lawyer who believes in fighting smart as well as fighting hard.
Examples of White-Collar Crimes
Examples of white-collar crimes include:
- Money laundering
- Insurance fraud
- Identity theft
These crimes can vary in terms of severity, but all could result in a criminal investigation of the person or persons involved.
The Burden of Proof in a White-Collar Criminal Case
In a white-collar case, the burden of proof lies firmly with the prosecution. The federal prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the crime took place. It is the defense’s job, then, to prove that there is doubt as to the defendant’s guilt. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can improve your chance of success.
An Advocate to Safeguard Your Rights
There are many steps on the way to trial for a white-collar crime—the different phases of the investigation that can take weeks or months leading up to the trial itself. During this process, there are many points at which a defendant without a lawyer might unintentionally weaken their case due to an incomplete understanding of their rights. Therefore, it is imperative that you retain the most effective legal counsel possible.