When a federal or state agent knocks on your door and starts asking questions about your finances or how you run your business, it is time to call an Arizona white collar crime lawyer. Federal white collar crime cases often involve meticulous investigations that can last several years before grand jury indictment.
With three decades of criminal law experience, Jesse Smith can effectively handle white collar crime charges at the state, federal, and appellate levels. However, the best time to involve a lawyer is before charges are filed.
The Information Age opened the door to technology that facilitated business operations but at the same time catapulted cyber crime and subsequent law enforcement investigations. White collar crime is non-violent criminal activity generally associated with business persons.
Today’s list of white collar crimes extends beyond the traditional embezzlement and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) crimes. Types of white collar crimes include:
Government officials investigate white collar crime at the Arizona state level, such as financial regulators, financial institution investigators, and state tax authorities. At the federal levels you may be dealing with agents from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), or Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Authorities generate massive amounts of paperwork as evidence, which often is part of their case strategy, a tactic of overwhelming defense counsel and jury members with information. Today, evidence may be gathered from computer files, database searches, hidden assets tracing, and forensic financial analysis that establishes transaction patterns and alleged links to criminal activity.
You are up against a sophisticated level of prosecution, which requires savvy criminal defense strategies to protect your rights. Federal prosecutors in particular often threaten maximum penalties with multi-year sentences unless defense counsel negotiates a plea or a defendant offers testimony against a targeted accomplice.
An experienced Tucson criminal defense attorney can protect your rights.
Contact D. Jesse Smith if you face white collar crime accusations. Call (520) 623-8343, toll free at (866) 675-8180 or fill out our online contact form.