As technology continues to rule and change the business world at a dizzying pace, government regulation and oversight has taken on greater importance as well. This is because as doing business has become more complex, so too have the white collar crimes that are being committed with increasing frequency.
White collar crimes encompass a broad spectrum
There is no easy way to put a label on what a white collar crime is because the definition is so broad and focuses on a multitude of situations. However, some of the more common white collar crimes include:
- Bank fraud
- Tax fraud
- Identity theft
- Securities fraud
- Mail fraud
- Medical malpractice
- Money laundering
- Mortgage fraud
- Insurance fraud
- Professional license violations
Determining intent is a key part of any white collar criminal defense
You must have a versatile and skilled legal defense team representing you if you are charged with a white collar crime. This is because legal concepts can be complicated to understand, and often times, these charges can go in many different directions. A good law firm will also be experienced in civil as well as criminal law, because in many cases aspects of both are involved. And, when a business is involved in white collar criminal proceedings versus the government, a good legal team will attempt to find ways to minimize the long-term damage to a business’s reputation going forward.
But the key to virtually all white collar criminal defenses is proving or persuading a jury to understand the underlying intent of the person who is charged with the crime. If it can be shown that there was no overt attempt to intentionally commit a crime or to deceive a client or a member of the public, then some reasonable doubt can be introduced into a case. If it can be shown that a defendant’s actions were nothing more than honest mistakes, there may be a good deal of leniency that might take place as part of the final outcome.
The Law Office of Ginger Kelley serves clients in Newport Beach, Santa Ana and communities throughout Orange County, California.