White collar crimes are financial crimes committed by people who have access to or control over someone else’s finances. The government takes these crimes seriously, and the penalties for a white collar criminal conviction can be severe.
But an experienced white collar criminal defense lawyer can investigate the allegations, fight the charges, and defend your name.
White collar crimes are committed for financial gain and often involve deceit or violations of trust. They do not involve violence or physical force, but instead use concealment, fraud, and scams to make money.
Bankers, healthcare professionals, lawyers, doctors, and businessmen and women are often targeted in white collar criminal investigations. Examples of white collar crimes include:
If you are under investigation or have been accused of committing a white collar crime, an aggressive defense is necessary.
White collar criminal defense is highly technical and requires assistance from a lawyer who understands the applicable law as well as the financial transactions that are at issue in your case.
Conviction for a white collar crime can lead to severe penalties such as jail time, hefty fines, house arrest, restitution, probation, and loss of professional license, as well as irreparable damage to your personal and professional reputation.
Getting an experienced white collar criminal defense lawyer on board early is a critical first step towards mounting an aggressive and effective legal defense.
Based in Anacortes, criminal defense attorney Justin Campbell represents people in northwest Washington who have been accused of committing white collar crimes. He has developed strong relationships with prosecutors and understands the unique policies in each court where he appears.
Justin knows that defending people accused of white collar crimes requires special expertise. He uses state-of-the-art strategies and criminal defense techniques to develop your best defense and explores unique and creative options to favorably resolve cases on his client’s behalf. His background in accounting makes him uniquely qualified to represent clients facing complicated white collar criminal charges.
The term “white collar crime” was coined in 1939 and refers to criminal offenses that are committed for financial gain. People accused of white collar crimes often work for financial institutions, own businesses, or work with or for the government.
People accused of white collar crimes need a thorough and aggressive defense from a lawyer who understands this complex and constantly changing area of the law.
Bribery occurs when someone offers, gives, solicits, or receives something of value in exchange for influencing the actions of someone who performs a public or legal duty. Because bribery is a serious offense that undermines the public trust in government institutions, allegations of bribery are taken very seriously and penalties for a bribery conviction can be severe.
A successful bribery defense requires a lawyer who understands the evidence, interviews the people involved, and thoroughly reviews records of financial transactions, communication records, social media accounts, and wiretaps to determine what actually happened and whether that conduct constitutes a crime.
Identity theft is the crime of taking someone else’s personal identifying information and using it for a fraudulent purpose. Identity theft is a more serious crime than many people realize. Conviction for identity theft often carries jail time, fines, and a requirement to pay restitution to the victim.
Defending someone accused of identity theft is complicated and requires a lawyer who understands both the technical elements of the crime as well as the legal aspects.
An experienced and aggressive criminal defense lawyer can investigate the allegations, defend you against charges of identity theft, and protect your rights through a favorable plea negotiation or at trial.
Fraud is when someone knowingly makes false statements that cause someone else to suffer a financial loss. To prove fraud, prosecutors must show that the criminal defendant acted with a knowing and willful intent to cause financial injury.
If you have been charged with fraud, you may think the case against you looks rock-solid and that your chances of beating the charge are bleak. But many people who are charged with fraud are not as guilty as they may seem.
Allegations of fraud are serious, but an experienced fraud defense lawyer can investigate the allegations, defend you against the charges, and help clear your name.
Forged documents can cause significant negative consequences for businesses, governments, and other entities who rely on a forgery.
Forgery involves the use of a “written instrument” to cause financial damage to another person or entity. A written instrument can include documents, forms, petitions, applications, identity tokens, symbols, or badges to deceive someone for financial gain.
While allegations of forgery are serious, there are defenses available. A criminal defense attorney can challenge the evidence or the way it was obtained, negotiate a favorable plea deal or even dismissal or the charges, or vigorously challenge the evidence against you at trial.
Embezzlement is a type of theft crime that involves stealing someone else’s property that you have been authorized to control. As a result, people like lawyers, bankers, financial advisors, and others who have been given control over other people’s assets can find themselves facing charges for embezzlement.
Common defenses to allegations of embezzlement include insufficient evidence or lack of intent to commit a crime. But successfully raising these defenses requires careful development of evidence to prove that you are Not Guilty.
If you are under investigation or have been charged with a white collar crime, your freedom, your job, and your ability to provide for your family are all on the line. To have the best chance of beating the charges, you need assistance from an experienced and aggressive criminal defense lawyer.
Washington criminal defense attorney Justin Campbell will thoroughly investigate the allegations against you, fight to protect your rights, and help you avoid the most severe penalties of a conviction. He will explain the nature of the charges, challenge the prosecution’s evidence, and work hard to negotiate a favorable plea or, if necessary, defend you at trial.
The Campbell Law Firm proudly represents people in Island County, Oak Harbor, Coupeville, San Juan County, Friday Harbor, Skagit County, Anacortes, Mount Vernon, Burlington, and Sedro-Woolley.
We offer a free 90-minute consultation to help you understand how hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney can help and to get answers to all of your questions. We handle most white collar criminal defense cases on a flat fee.