Criminal & White-Collar Defense
Freeman Law represents companies, executives, and individuals in regulatory and white-collar government investigations and prosecutions. We employ a proactive approach to vigorously defend and strategically position our clients. We have experience representing clients against a broad range of allegations and investigations, including:
- Tax Fraud
- Bank Fraud
- Money Laundering
- Bank Secrecy Act
- Seizures and Forfeitures
- Securities Fraud
- Mail and Wire Fraud
- Computer Intrusion
- Health Care Fraud
- Other Financial Crimes
We represent clients in every phase of the process, working collaboratively to develop a strategic plan of attack. Recognizing that indictments in many white-collar matters can be almost as devastating as convictions, we work proactively on the front end to investigate the facts, develop viable defenses, and engage the government in an effort to stop prosecutions short of an indictment.
White-collar matters often involve parallel regulatory and civil proceedings. Freeman Law can navigate the complexities and collateral consequences of multiple proceedings. And when it comes to the court of public opinion, we employ ethical and strategic tactics to manage publicity.
Criminal White Collar Defense FAQs
Q: What is White Collar Crime?
A: White-collar crimes are generally non-violent in nature and refers to those offenses that are designed to produce financial gain using some form of deception.
Q: Why is it Called White-Collar Crime?
A: White-collar crimes get their name from the fact that they are usually committed by white-collar workers taking advantage of their position within a government agency, business, or a company to extract some financial gain.
Q: What Types of Criminal Cases are Considered White-Collar Crimes?
- Income tax evasion
- Securities fraud
- Insider trading
- Internet, email, computer crimes
- Money laundering
- Falsifying financial documents
- Giving misleading statement
- RICO violations
- Fraud crimes, including wire fraud, Insurance fraud, Medicare - Medicaid, fraud, bank mortgage fraud
- Embezzlement fraud, including misappropriation of investors’ money, fictitious invoices, and billing of goods not delivered
Q: What is RICO?
A: Congress enacted the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act in 1970. Originally intended to combat organized crime and criminal syndicates, such as the Mafia, over time RICO has been expanded to prohibit a much broader array of conduct and targets. Rather than punishing isolated criminal acts, RICO is intended to reach members of criminal enterprises who engage in a pattern of racketeering activity.
Q: What is the FCPA?
A: The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), prohibits American businesses from making payments to government officials for the purpose of obtaining or retaining business and contracts in foreign countries.
Q: What are the Penalties for Committing a White-Collar Crime?
A: Most white-collar offenses are charged as felonies dealt with in federal court. The consequences can be significant for a white-collar crime and may include:
- expensive fines
- assets forfeiture
Have you been accused of a crime involving a business dispute, allegations of tax evasion, or some electronic transaction?
A case can become complicated if agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation or U.S. Customs and Border Protection are involved. The Attorneys at Freeman law are here to help you in every phase of the process. Our legal team is equipped to handle both interstate and across-the-border issues. . We have the experience and knowledge to develop a strategic plan of attack to seek a cost-effective and timely resolution to your case. Schedule a consultation or call (214) 984-3410 to discuss your allegations and investigations concerns.