White Collar Crimes

White Collar Crimes Defense

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Charged With a White Collar Crime?

You’ve heard it in the news and on TV, but do you actually know what the term white collar crime really means?

Not even the experts are quite sure how the category should be properly defined!

The general consensus is that white collar crimes are non-violent, financially-motivated crimes perpetrated by individuals whom hold a trusted position. The aspect of trust is not always required, and technically, the FBI defines white collar crime as, “illegal acts which are characterized by deceit, concealment, or violation of trust and which are not dependent upon the application or threat of physical force or violence”.

White collar crimes have become a high priority for local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, and if you or a loved one has been charged with a white collar crime in Sacramento, make sure to speak with a Sacramento criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.

Common White Collar Crimes

There are many different crimes that can be classified as a white collar crime, and the FBI suggests that the annual cost from these crimes is up to $660 billion. Here are some of the more common white collar crimes:

  • Embezzlement – the theft or misappropriation of funds placed in one’s trust, or belonging to one’s employer. Embezzlement is a common white collar crime and can be committed by a number of professionals including lawyers, accountants, stock brokers, investment managers and by employees of companies who are trusted to handle finances.
  • Extortion – the act and or practice of obtaining something through the use of force and/or threats of force. Many people think of the mafia or other organized crime when they hear the term extortion, but this crime is actually committed frequently by everyday individuals.
  • Fraud – the wrongful or criminal deception with the intent of personal or financial gain. There are many different types of fraud that a person can be charged with, and even more types of criminal activities that are technically considered fraud, some of them being insurance fraud, tax fraud, social security fraud, and medicare fraud.
  • Identity Theft – the fraudulent acquisition and use of an individual’s private identifying information. This crime is usually committed for financial gain, but can also be committed for other purposes. Fraud charges are usually a part of identity theft cases as some form of fraud is often used to acquire the personal information.

A Sacramento Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Help!

Have you or a loved one been charged with a white collar crime? The penalties associated with a conviction for one of the above crimes are severe and will follow you for the rest of your life. A Sacramento criminal defense lawyer can build a case to fight the prosecution and help secure your future. Call one of our criminal defense attorneys today for a free consultation!

What Happens in a Domestic Violence Arrest?

Often a domestic violence arrest occurs when a couple is fighting, 911 is called, and the police are dispatched to a home. In Sacramento, an arrest must be made whenever the legal elements of domestic violence are met. The police must investigate once they arrive to determine who the primary aggressor is.

Studies show that 95% of all victims of domestic violence are women, but in light of the stigma against male victims of domestic violence, there may be a higher percentage of male victims than reported. Studies also suggest that the police’s determination of who is the primary aggressor is especially difficult if the violence occurs between same-sex couples. The police may arrest both people if sufficient evidence of violence is observed as to both parties. Photographs are taken of both people and statements are recorded. The police must read a Miranda admonishment to anyone who is arrested and advise him or her of the right to an attorney.

The resulting report is forwarded to the District Attorney for purposes of charging the primary aggressor. Once the District Attorney decides to charge a case based on the police report, it is unlikely that the charges will be dropped, even if the person complaining of domestic violence changes his or her story or refuses to cooperate with the prosecution of the other person.

If the District Attorney is able to secure a conviction, some of the possible consequences include:

  • jail,
  • mandatory domestic violence counseling sessions,
  • personal conduct orders,
  • stay away orders,
  • temporary restraining orders,
  • and large fines.

If alcohol was involved, mandatory alcohol education classes may be required. Moreover, a domestic violence conviction can have additional negative implications for an individual’s professional licensing or immigration status.

Because the consequences of a domestic violence accusation can be severe, it is important to be represented by an experienced domestic violence attorney in these proceedings. Entering a guilty or no-contest plea for purpose of getting the experience over with is common, but it can be a serious mistake to do this without consulting an experienced attorney who can evaluate the case from every angle.

If you have been charged with domestic violence, the experienced Sacramento domestic violence attorney at Allaye Chan Law can help. We have successfully handled all types of domestic violence cases in Sacramento County. At Allaye Chan Law, we understand the sensitive nature of domestic violence charges and are dedicated to helping you fight back.

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