White Collar Crimes

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White Collar Crime Attorneys in Kalamazoo

Known for Delivering Aggressive Defense Strategies

White collar crime is defined as a non-violent offense committed for financial gain. Examples of white collar crimes are health care fraud, identity theft, mortgage fraud, public corruption, securities fraud, and tax evasion. Most white collar crime charges are based on extensive investigations. Accordingly, you may learn that you are the subject of an investigation long before you are formally charged. It is imperative that as soon as you realize that you are under investigation, you seek legal representation from a defense lawyer experienced in countering criminal charges for white collar crimes.

Levine & Levine is conveniently located in Kalamazoo and further provides legal services in Southwest Michigan including the following counties:

  • Calhoun
  • St. Joseph's
  • Van Buren

Our firm delivers the skilled defense clients need when facing white collar criminal charges. Since 1987, we have been helping people combat white collar crime allegations, and our attorneys have been individually recognized for the quality of the defense they provide. With over 130 years of collective experience behind us, we are more than qualified to handle even the most complex case.

For a free consultation with a trusted white collar crime defense lawyer, call our firm at (269) 218-8880or reach out to us online.

What is a White Collar Crime?

White collar crime refers to non-violent, financially motivated crimes typically committed by individuals, businesses, or government professionals in positions of trust and authority. These crimes are often characterized by deceit, concealment, or violation of trust, and they are committed for the purpose of financial gain.

Common types of white collar crimes include:

  • Fraud: This includes activities like securities fraud, insurance fraud, mortgage fraud, and accounting fraud. Individuals may manipulate financial information for personal or corporate gain.
  • Copyright Infringement: Occurs when a copyrighted work is reproduced, distributed, performed, publicly displayed, or made into a derivative work without the copyright owner's permission.
  • Embezzlement: This offense occurs when a person who was entrusted to manage someone's money or property steals or converts to their own use some or all of the principal's money or property for personal gain without the principal's consent. An embezzlement charge's most common circumstance involves an employee allegedly taking money or property that belongs to their employer.
  • Forfeiture: Asset forfeiture is when law enforcement seizes property believed to have been used in the commission of a crime or obtained as the result of a crime and transfers its ownership to the government. There are two types of asset forfeiture: criminal and civil. Both criminal and civil forfeiture require a conviction before forfeiture proceedings can take place.
  • Identity Theft: This crime occurs when someone knowingly transfers or uses the identification of another person without lawful authority and with the intent to commit or to aid and abet any unlawful activity that constitutes a violation of federal law or a felony under any applicable state or local law.
  • Money Laundering: Money laundering is when someone takes illegally gained money and attempts to make it look like legitimate income while also hiding the initial crime that led to the funds' acquisition. This is accomplished by sending illegal money through a series of legal financial transactions, such as bank deposits and wire transfers.
  • Postal Offenses: If you are a Postal Service employee, you may face postal offense charges for a range of circumstances. For example, Postal Service employees' misuse of Postal Service computers, destruction of theft or Postal Service property, falsification of official documents and forgery, theft of funds, abuse of authority, sabotage or operations, narcotics use or sale of drugs while on duty, and alcohol abuse.
  • Tax Evasion or Tax Fraud: Any person who willfully evades or defeats any tax imposed by the IRS, makes a false statement in a return or payment, or files a false claim for credit or refund, either in whole or in part.
  • Insider Trading: Illegally trading securities based on non-public, material information about a company.
  • Bribery and Corruption: Offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting something of value to influence the actions of an official or other person in a position of authority.
  • Cybercrime: Engaging in criminal activities online, such as hacking, phishing, or spreading malware, with the intention of financial gain.
  • Antitrust Violations: Illegally conspiring to restrain trade or commerce, leading to unfair competition and a negative impact on consumers.

Whistleblower Protection

The Whistleblowers' Protection Act protects employees who report a violation or suspected violation of state, local, or federal law; to provide protection to employees who participate in hearings, investigations, legislative inquiries, or court actions; and to prescribe remedies and penalties.

It is illegal for employers in Michigan to discharge, threaten or otherwise discriminate against you regarding your compensation, terms, conditions, location or privileges of employment because you or a person acting on your behalf reports or is about to report a violation or a suspected violation of federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations to a public body.

It is illegal for employers in Michigan to discharge, threaten or otherwise discriminate against you regarding your compensation, terms, conditions, location or privileges of employment because you take part in a public hearing, investigation, inquiry or court action.

Handling Federal Charges for White Collar Crimes

Many white-collar crimes involve activities that cross state lines or have an impact on interstate commerce. For example, fraudulent schemes, securities fraud, and other financial crimes often involve transactions that occur across multiple states, bringing them under federal jurisdiction.

In fact, some white-collar crimes are specifically addressed by federal statutes and regulations. For example, federal laws govern securities trading (e.g., Securities Act of 1933, Securities Exchange Act of 1934), antitrust violations (e.g., Sherman Antitrust Act), and various types of fraud (e.g., wire fraud, mail fraud). White-collar crimes that target federal programs or agencies, such as healthcare fraud or government contract fraud, can be prosecuted at the federal level to protect the integrity of these programs.

Additionally, white-collar crimes with international implications, such as money laundering or bribery involving foreign officials, often fall under federal jurisdiction. The global nature of financial transactions may necessitate cooperation with foreign law enforcement agencies, making federal involvement more practical.

Federal charges must always be taken seriously. With mandatory minimum sentencing for many offenses, a conviction in federal court can be devastating. Our attorneys have developed a reputation for successfully defending clients in the most challenging cases. We have a high rate of acquittals, and we are well-respected by judges and prosecutors alike.

If you have been charged with a federal white collar crime, do not waste valuable time. Act now, and secure trusted legal representation from Levine & Levine.

Here are several benefits of choosing our legal expertise to navigate through the complexities of white-collar crime defense:

  • Legal Expertise and Specialization: We have a team of seasoned lawyers with specialized knowledge and experience in white collar crime defense. Our expertise allows us to thoroughly understand the nuances of financial laws, regulations, and the legal landscape specific to white-collar offenses.
  • Investigation and Case Analysis: We conduct thorough investigations into the allegations against you. Our team examines the evidence, scrutinizes the prosecution's case, and identifies any potential weaknesses or inconsistencies. This comprehensive analysis is vital in building a strong defense strategy.
  • Strategic Defense Planning: Crafting a strategic defense is a critical aspect of our approach. We work closely with you to understand your unique situation, assess the charges, and develop a customized defense strategy tailored to achieve the best possible outcome.
  • Negotiation Skills: Our seasoned attorneys possess strong negotiation skills. We engage with prosecutors, seeking favorable plea deals or reduced charges when appropriate. Our goal is to protect your rights and achieve the most favorable resolution possible.
  • Courtroom Experience: We have extensive experience representing clients in court. Our seasoned trial attorneys are well-versed in courtroom procedures, ensuring a strong and effective defense presentation before judges and juries.
  • Protection of Rights: We prioritize protecting your constitutional rights throughout the legal process. This includes ensuring proper procedures were followed during investigations, addressing any violations of your rights, and challenging evidence obtained unlawfully.
  • Resource Management: White collar crime cases often involve voluminous documents and complex financial transactions. Our firm has the resources and expertise to manage large amounts of data, conduct forensic analysis if necessary, and present a clear and compelling defense.
  • Reputation Management: Allegations of white-collar crimes can have a significant impact on your personal and professional reputation. We work diligently to mitigate reputational damage by challenging false accusations and presenting a strong defense that emphasizes your innocence until proven guilty.
  • Guidance through Legal Processes: The legal process can be confusing and overwhelming. We provide guidance and support throughout every stage of the legal proceedings, ensuring you understand your options, potential outcomes, and the steps involved in your defense.
  • Emphasis on Confidentiality: We prioritize the confidentiality of our clients. Trusting us with your case means benefitting from our commitment to discretion and confidentiality as we work tirelessly to safeguard your interests.

Levine & Levine are renowned for our aggressive defense strategies. Call us at (269) 218-8880 or send us a message online to discuss your case.

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