White Collar Lawyer in Orlando
If you are accused of committing a white-collar crime in Florida, the charges against you are potentially serious with severe consequences. In addition, depending upon the specific offenses and facts of the case, you can potentially be prosecuted under federal law where the penalties are even harsher. A conviction under either state or federal law can have a profound impact on your future, reputation, and career. It is very important to consult with a qualified attorney with experience in these types of crimes as soon as possible.
What is a White Collar Crime?
The FBI defines white-collar crimes as the use of “deceit, concealment, or violation of trust” for financial gain (or to avoid monetary loss) or to gain a personal business advantage. White-collar crimes are non-violent crimes, but they aren’t victimless. These crimes can financially destroy individuals, families, and businesses. The term “white-collar crime” encompasses several different crimes. Some examples include:
- Embezzlement – taking the funds or property of another who initially entrusted you to manage such funds
- Bank Fraud – executing or attempting to execute a plan to defraud a federally chartered or insured banking institution
- Identity Theft – the willful use of another person’s personal identification information without authorization
- Tax Evasion – avoiding payment of taxes through illegal means
According to the FBI, white-collar crimes include crimes committed by “business and government professionals.” These individuals can include bankers, physicians, and other professionals. In many cases, these crimes are quite complex and can include extensive investigations. Much time and effort are needed to unravel the case complexities and to build a case against the defendant.
It is equally important for you to have a knowledgeable and experienced attorney to provide support and legal advice as to any defenses that may apply to your case.
Defendants convicted of a white-collar crime are subject to criminal statutory penalties. Under Florida law, a defendant can be found guilty of a misdemeanor or felony white-collar crime. Penalties are as follows:
- First-degree felonies – imprisonment not to exceed 30 years and fines up $10,000
- Second-degree felonies – imprisonment not to exceed 15 years and fines up to $10,000
- Third-degree felonies – imprisonment not to exceed 5 years and fines up to $5,000
- First-degree misdemeanors – imprisonment not to exceed 1 year and fines up to $1,000
- Second-degree misdemeanors – imprisonment not to exceed 60 days and fines up to $500
Why You Need an Orlando Area Criminal Defense Attorney
Because of the complex nature of these cases, it is essential to discuss the unique facts of your case with a qualified white-collar crimes attorney. Attorney Mark Bakay of Law Office of Mark Bakay has experience in white-collar crimes and can provide strong representation and support in this most stressful time.
Authoritative Sources: Florida Statutes Sections 775.08, 775.081, 775.083, FBI.gov