People can be led to believe that all they’ll suffer is a slap on the wrist if they’re convicted of a white collar crime, which is far from the case. Anyone who is charged with a white collar crime should take the charges very seriously because they could be facing stiff penalties if they’re convicted. The penalties for white collar crimes can be just as severe as they are for many other major offenses.
Penalties for a White Collar Crime Conviction
The penalties for white collar crimes in California varies. It depends on multiple factors, including what type of white collar crime was committed, is the crime categorized as a misdemeanor or felony, and who the victims were in the case. Depending on the details of the case, a white collar crime conviction can result in years in prison and hefty fines. Plus, those convicted of white collar crimes often must pay restitution to their victims.
What Types of Crimes Are Considered White Collar Crimes?
White collar crimes are generally financial crimes that are nonviolent and involve some form of fraud or dishonesty. A few of the most common white collar crimes include the following:
- Mortgage and Real Estate Fraud
- Identity Theft
- Tax Evasion
- Insurance Fraud
- Medicaid and Medicare Fraud
- Workers’ Compensation Fraud
- Money Laundering
Contact Our White Collar Crime Attorneys for a Free Criminal Consultation Today
The legal team at Appel & Morse understands the stakes for individuals charged with white collar crimes. If their case is mishandled, it can cost them years behind bars and thousands of dollars in fines and restitution.
Our white collar crime lawyers have more than 40 years of combined legal experience, and our attorneys are former prosecutors, which gives them an advantage when it comes to anticipating and defending against the prosecution’s tactics.
Our goal is to avoid taking your case to trial and instead negotiate with the court regarding your charges. We will seek to secure the most favorable outcome possible for your case, including fighting to have your charges reduced or dropped.
For a free, no-obligation criminal consultation, call us at (805) 467-6060 or contact us online. We have flexible appointment times, including evenings and weekends. We offer flat fees, and payment plans are available.