If your future is on the line because you’ve been accused of a white-collar crime, waste no time in seeking the appropriate legal help. Our firm is available to discuss your case and give you a review of your potential legal options. Even if you feel trapped by Texas law, you do have options. Let us help you sort through your legal problems and recommend the best course of action for your particular case. Retaining an experienced criminal defense attorney in Houston is the wisest move for individuals facing white-collar crime charges.
What Are White-Collar Crimes?
White-collar crimes are nonviolent crimes typically committed for financial gain. They became so-named in the early 1900s to describe crimes committed by people of high social standing – or those with “white collars” rather than “blue-collar” workers. White-collar crimes often occur in a commercial environment, with the goal of making money illegally. Today, white-collar crimes encompass a number of criminal activities, including:
- Credit card fraud
- Environmental law violations
- Health care fraud
- Insider trading
- Internet crimes
- Money laundering
- Tax evasion
Corporate fraud is high in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)’s list of priorities, as it causes significant financial loss to investors and the U.S. economy. As such, the federal government takes great measure to detect white-collar crimes and arrest those responsible. If you find yourself involved in a federal investigation or accused of a white-collar crime, time is of the essence. The sooner you retain an attorney, the better your chances of avoiding a conviction or minimizing penalties.
Penalties for White-Collar Crimes in Texas
Investigations for white-collar crimes are heavily involved, often taking years to come to a head. Many investigations begin long before the federal or state government files charges against a company or individual. Once you learn of an investigation, contact an attorney. The courts consider most white-collar crimes felonies. They are consequently punishable with penalties such as prison time and hefty fines. The minimum prison sentence for a felony in Texas is one year, while the maximum is “life,” or 99 years. Fines carry a maximum of $10,000 for all felony classes.
Conviction for a white-collar crime can do more than inflict prison and monetary penalties – it can have wide-ranging affects on the individual’s life. A felony or even a misdemeanor on a permanent record can lead to job loss, a damaged reputation, additional criminal charges, difficulty finding a new job, financial strife, and trouble getting into universities. These convictions follow you around for life – a constant reminder of your time serving a sentence for a white-collar crime. To increase your odds of reducing your penalties or the courts acquitting your case, come to our attorneys in Houston.
Attorneys With Years of Experience Handling White-Collar Criminal Defense
No matter what type of white-collar crime someone has accused you of committing, our firm has the knowledge, experience, and resources to help. We offer representation for all types of white-collar crimes, from large-scale money laundering cases to more minor Ponzi schemes or insider trading offenses. Our goal is to help anyone facing criminal charges in Houston with our trustworthy legal advice, trial representation, and lifelong legal counseling. Many of our previous clients continue to come to us for legal advice in business and in life.
When you need aggressive yet caring attorneys, there is no better law firm in Texas. We know how damaging a criminal conviction can be to a person, and we care deeply about the fates of our clients. We represent our clients with real passion, going up against large corporations and insurance companies in all manners of white-collar crimes. To speak with one of our attorneys about your individual case, call today or contact us online.