White-collar crimes are generally non-violent crimes that involve obtaining money or funds illegally, usually through some type of fraud. A lot of the time, these crimes are committed by high-profile individuals. These crimes are taken very seriously in New Jersey and can have severe penalties. Read on to learn more about white-collar crimes, what they entail, and what to do if you are facing charges.
What are White-Collar Crimes?
It is important to know that “white-collar” does not refer to one specific crime. Instead, it is a blanket term for a number of different crimes. The most common white-collar crimes include:
- Bad checks
- Credit card fraud
- Mortgage fraud
- Gambling offenses
- Ponzi schemes
- Employee theft
- Identity theft
- Insurance fraud
Penalties for White-Collar Crimes
Despite the fact that these crimes are generally non-violent, they are still taken very seriously. If convicted, you may face a variety of serious consequences. This can include imprisonment, restitution, home detention, forfeitures, heavy fines, jail time, and more. If you are facing charges for a white-collar crime, you will need the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney.
What to Know About Federal Sentencing
White-collar crimes are often subject to federal sentencing guidelines in an effort to make sure a judge acts in an unbiased manner. These guidelines will consider the individual’s current charges as well as any other criminal history they may have. These crimes often involve the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Internal Revenue Services, among other government agencies. That being said, there are some possible defenses because, in order to actually prove that one of these crimes occurred, there must be evidence of illicit gain and of criminal intent.
If you are facing charges for a white-collar crime in New Jersey, contact our firm today to speak with a dedicated attorney. We will explore all possible avenues of defense and work tirelessly to have your charges reduced or dropped.
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