Whitecollar crime is a broad term that encompasses many different crimes. This area overlaps with corporate crimes. It is defined as a crime committed by a person of respectability and high social status in the course of his occupation and was originally identified by Edwin Sutherland.
If you have been accused of a white-collar crime, contact the Clearwater white collar criminal defense attorneys of the Law Offices of Tragos, Sartes & Tragos, PLLC. A federal criminal lawyer in Clearwater with experience in the criminal field can help guide the accused through the legal process and ensure that they get as strong a defense as possible.
Types of Offenses
The crimes included in White Collar Crime include fraud, bankruptcy fraud, bribery, insider trading, embezzlement, computer crimes, medical crime, public corruption, identity theft, environmental crime, pension fund crimes, RICO, consumer fraud, occupational crime, securities fraud, financial fraud, and forgery. The majority of these crimes are committed with a paper trail in their wake or involve computers.
Unlike street crime which is often public and draws a lot of attention from police, white collar crime can combine legitimate and criminal behavior. Because of this, it is less obvious when someone is committing the crimes. White collar crime is a direct function of the opportunities available to the potential offender.
It has been shown in studies that people accused and then convicted of white collar crimes receive lower jail sentences, in lower security prisons, than people accused of blue collar crimes. To do this, one must employ the services and skills of an experienced criminal defense lawyer.