Our Houston white collar crime attorneys focus on criminal defense matters including internal corporate investigations, whistleblower representation, forgery, money laundering, and more. The range of offenses that constitute white collar crime in Houston are expansive and include any act that uses a form of deception for monetary gain. More often these 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. If you have been arrested on accusation of white collar crimes, don’t hesitate to contact The Law Offices of David A. Breston today. Breston and his team have decades of experience handling these cases in Harris County.
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If you or a family member has been charged with a crime, contact our attorneys at Law Office of David A. Breston. Since 1997, our firm has been helping represent those who have been convicted of white collar crimes and other embezzlement cases.
Being investigated for a white collar crime is the first indication that you need to secure a Houston defense lawyer. 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 our 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 white collar crime attorneys can protect your rights while negotiating with prosecutors before a case goes to trial.
White collar crime and street crime both have major criminal consequences in the state of Texas. The most common types of street crimes include crimes against life (such as murder or bodily injury), rape, theft, crimes against public order (this includes vandalism and illegal possession of weapons) and crimes against public health (drug trafficking). Embezzlement, forgery, money laundering, and internet scams are all forms of white collar crimes. Crimes typically occur in a professional work environment and are generally non-violent and committed by business or government professionals.
David A. Breston handles a variety of cases including consumer fraud, credit card fraud, identity theft, and more. Below are a few common charges seen in a white-collar defense crime. These cases are often lengthy and complex, our legal team will work hard to protect your interests and will remain flexible enough to employ clever and cutting-edge defense strategies. To arrange for an immediate and confidential consultation, call us at (713) 224-4040
Considered property theft, embezzlement occurs 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.
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Any time a person creates, changes, or uses a written document that is not authentic to harm another 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 goods or services for the sole purpose of gaining support, backing, or other benefits. It is most often considered a financial crime and can lead to time in federal or state prisons. 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 is always more serious. When a foreign government official is involved, the case will fall under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Another common element of white-collar crime is a conspiracy. Criminal conspiracy can be an agreement by a group of individuals to do an unlawful act. In order to be charged with conspiracy, the agreement to commit an unlawful act must be between two or more people.
There are four elements that a prosecutor must prove in order for a defendant to be charged with conspiracy:
For any white collar crime-related allegation or charge, you will need the representation of a skilled attorney from the Law Office of David A. Breston. 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 David Breston today for more information about a sound defense team that will fight for you and be on your side.
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