Money Laundering Lawyer in Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Criminal Defense Attorneys at Your Service
Money laundering is defined as the process of disguising the acquisition and ownership of money derived from criminal activity or controlled substances through a legitimate source. Since individuals who are under investigation for money laundering are either facing California State or federal charges, it’s important to seek legal assistance from an experienced and skilled lawyer.
At Appel & Morse, our Santa Barbara criminal defense attorneys have an in-depth understanding of state and federal laws, as well as both sides of the courtroom due to their experience as former deputy district attorneys. We have the skills and resources necessary to help you navigate through the complexities of this type of white collar crime.
Money Laundering Penalties
Penalties for money laundering are based on the number of separate offenses, the amount of money or property involved in the crime, and an individual’s prior criminal record. Depending on the significance of the crime, money laundering can either be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. A misdemeanor for money laundering is punishable by a maximum jail or prison sentence of one year and a fine of up to $1,000. A felony for money laundering is punishable by a maximum prison sentence of four years and a fine of up to $250,000 or twice the amount laundered. If an individual has a prior conviction for money laundering, the fine can increase to $500,000 or five times the amount laundered.
Why Choose Us?
With over 40 years of combined experience, we have an extensive track record of success defending the rights, reputations and freedom of our clients. Our Santa Barbara criminal defense lawyers understand what it takes to obtain the results you desire.
Contact us today and learn how our firm can help you.
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