Seattle White Collar Criminal Defense Lawyer
What is a White Collar Crime?
The term “White Collar Crime” was coined to distinguish crimes that are committed through businesses, frauds, and embezzlements from street crimes (sometimes called “blue collar crime”). Examples include false statements to obtain credit, misrepresentations to investors, violation of trade restrictions, and a lack of fair dealing with business associates.
Prosecution of such cases is frequently brought in federal court by the office of the United States Attorney. The King County Prosecuting Attorney also has a special division for complex crimes which handles most of the white collar cases. The procedures followed by prosecutors in these two separate offices vary considerably as do the penalties for conviction. Federal offenses often carry very heavy potential sentences.
Cases in Federal Court frequently involve charges of conspiracy, which is a criminal partnership with at least one other person intended to violate the law. Indictments usually add counts alleging violations of the specific underlying law. One other significant difference is that investigations of crimes in the federal arena often take longer and involve the use of the Grand Jury. Grand Juries have the power to subpoena records from many sources and to require the testimony of witnesses. One of the ways individuals sometimes learn about an investigation is by hearing about an associate receiving a Grand Jury Subpoena.
A prompt and thorough investigation can be the key to winning at trial or getting charges dismissed. Photographs of injuries or property damage should be taken immediately. Here are some case examples of how investigation made a difference. Click here for Investigation – A Key to Winning.
Robert Wayne served as a member of the Special Task Force on RICO laws appointed by the WSBA Board of Governors. He has defended federal felony charges since 1978. He has experience with complex financial schemes that have come under Government scrutiny, including mortgage fraud.
If you believe that an investigation is underway or have been contacted by agents of the Government, you are well advised to consult with an attorney with experience. To find out more about Mr. Wayne’s background Click Here.
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