St. Louis White Collar Crime Lawyer
What is White Collar Crime?
A white collar crime is any type of non-violent crime that is motivated by financial gain. In the United States, white-collar crimes siphon more than $300 billion each year from individuals and corporations. While there are many types of white collar crimes, some of the most commonly prosecuted offenses include:
Bank Fraud - Bank fraud is knowingly defrauding or attempting to defraud a financial institution or obtaining property held by a financial institution by fraud. Persons who are convicted of bank fraud could face fines of up to $1,000,000 and 30 years in prison.
Credit Card Fraud - This is the act of carrying out unauthorized transactions by using another person's credit card and personal information. Cards could be counterfeited or stolen by the offender. Credit card fraud in Missouri is charged as a Class D felony if the funds stolen are valued at $500 or more.
Embezzlement - Embezzlement is the wrongful use of funds or property that were entrusted to an individual. To be classified as embezzlement, the person must have had lawful possession of the assets and then used the property for their own benefit and to owner's detriment.
Identity Theft - This is the act of fraudulently obtaining and using another person's personal information for financial gain. An identity thief could use bank accounts, social security numbers, credit card statements, and other personal documents to steal a person's identity.
Tax Fraud - Tax fraud is when a person knowingly altering information on a tax return to avoid paying the correct amount of taxes. Persons could do this by failing to report income, claiming wrongful deductions, and omitting other details. Penalties for this offense could include fines of up to $100,000 and 5 years in prison.
Contact Former Prosecutors in Missouri for Aggressive Defense
When you call our firm to defend your white collar crime charges, you can expect to meet with a qualified attorney, not a paralegal or secretary. We are committed to thoroughly investigating your case, and then communicating our findings during the process. We understand that your participation and knowledge is critical to the success of the case.
Rest assured that we have successfully defended hundreds of clients in criminal jury trials, contested hearings, and bench trials, so we are more than competent to handle whatever type of charges you are facing. Contact The Hammer Law Firm, LLC to discuss your case.