Houston White Collar Crime Defense Attorney
The range of offenses that constitute white collar crime are expansive and include any act that uses a form of deception for monetary gain. More often than not, white collar crime cases are prosecuted at the federal level. Federal prosecutors use every resource in their arsenal to convict white collar crime acts and punish those involved to the highest extent of the law.
Being investigated for a white collar crime is the first indication that you need to secure a defense attorney. Even the innocent require strong defense counsel to protect their rights and ensure that their case is handled fairly in the presence of federal prosecution. As soon as you are aware of an investigation, contact the attorneys at the Law Office of David A. Breston. We’re well equipped to help you through an investigation and trial, if necessary. Early engagement is often a successful way that defense attorneys can protect your rights while negotiating with prosecutors before a case goes to trial.
Forms of white collar crime charges that our law office handle include:
Embezzlement is considered property theft. It is considered embezzlement when a person who is trusted to handle money, assets, or property for another person or company takes part or all of that financial value for personal use. Effectively, it is stealing combined with violating a position or contract of trust with another party.
In Texas, you may face prison time, fines, or both as part of a conviction sentence. Even stealing something that is worth as little as $50 or less could see a penalty fine of up to $500. Penalties increase depending on the value and amount stolen, up to two years in prison or a fine of up to $10,000 for small embezzlement. Furthermore, a sentence may require the defendant to pay restitution above and beyond the fines associated with the charge.
Any time a person creates, changes, or uses a written document that is not authentic to harm another, it is considered an act of forgery. Forgery may include signing someone’s name on a check to alter financial records, deeds, medical records, and any other documents. When this is done for the purpose of gaining money without a person’s knowledge or consent, it is an illegal act of forgery. Penalties for forgery range from a state jail felony, which may include two years in jail and fines up to $10,000, to a 3rd degree felony that may include 10 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.
Having any contact with false bills and being aware of it is considered money laundering. This includes the creation, concealment, transportation or other facilitation of moving laundered currency through the system. Even if you have no knowledge of the bill’s creation, but know it is laundered, you are guilty of money laundering. Depending on the case, money laundering may be considered a state jail felony or a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd degree felony depending on the amount laundered. All are punishable by jail time and fines.
Bribery involves one party exchanging a good or service for sole purpose of gaining support, backing, or other benefit. It is most often considered a financial crime and can lead to time in federal or state prison. Bribery most often occurs between one individual and a political figure or a company.
In all cases of bribery, there will be a fine of no more than $10,000 imposed. In Texas, it is almost always tried as a 2nd degree felony. Bribery allegations often come in addition to other charges such as extortion and blackmail. The involvement of government officials in these crimes are always more serious. When a foreign government official is involved, the case will fall under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
For any white collar crime related allegation or charge, you will need the representation of a skilled attorney. The laws in Texas are complex, and you may face federal as well as state charges for one or more white collar crime related acts. Contact us today for more information.