White-Collar Crimes Defense Lawyer
White-collar criminal charges can be devastating for your reputation, your career, your finances, and your future. If you are accused of manipulating funds in connection with your business, you can face revocation of your professional license and temporary or permanent restrictions on your ability to perform your job, in addition to millions of dollars in penalties and extended prison sentences. If you have been accused of white-collar crime in Florida, you need experienced, professional representation on your side to protect your professional life, your personal life, and your freedom. The seasoned white-collar criminal defense attorney at Nichols Law is ready to take your case.
What Are White-Collar Crimes?
White-collar crimes are typically non-violent crimes aimed at illegally procuring financial gain. The term covers a broad range of activities, but it is generally associated with crimes committed by business professionals, government officials, financiers, lawyers, doctors, and other “white-collar” workers. The majority of white-collar crime involves some type of fraud, although it encompasses other corporate activities as well. Federal and state officials have been cracking down on white-collar crime more aggressively in response to public outrage after the 2008 financial collapse.
White-collar crimes include, but are not limited to, matters involving the following:
- Credit card fraud
- Health care fraud
- Bank fraud
- Securities fraud
- Insider trading
- Mortgage fraud
- Tax fraud
- Public corruption
Being accused of a white-collar crime means being accused of taking advantage of people who trust you. Even a mere accusation can level a business, causing temporary or permanent damage to business relationships, personal relationships, professional arrangements, and professional licensing. If you find yourself or your business under investigation for a state or federal white-collar crime, you need to start preparing your response and your defense as soon as possible. The white-collar defense lawyer at Nichols Law will help you respond to an investigation, defend against charges, and keep the matter as private as possible to minimize the impact on your professional and personal life.
Punishments for White-Collar Crimes
White-collar crimes typically involve some fraud committed for monetary gain. Upon conviction, defendants are likely to owe restitution for all of their allegedly ill-gotten gains, including any amounts that they appropriated and any damages they caused, as well as additional statutory penalties. Crimes that involve millions of dollars are also likely to carry lengthy prison sentences.
The federal sentencing guidelines often recommend that white-collar defendants be sentenced to decades in prison for fraud schemes that involve large sums of money. Moreover, prosecutors enjoy the creative use of charges such as wire fraud and mail fraud by charging each transaction as a separate crime, leading to draconian prison sentence recommendations. The zealous and dedicated white-collar criminal defense lawyer at Nichols Law will fight to protect you against unjust and overbearing prison sentences utterly divorced from the actual severity of the crime.
Defending Against White-Collar Criminal Charges
Defending against charges of white-collar crime can be a complicated affair. Many white-collar crimes involve complex fact patterns that turn on the interpretation of financial statements, computer software, and corporate structuring. At Nichols Law, we bring our more than 50 years of litigation experience to bear in defending against white-collar criminal charges. We are prepared to tackle even the most complex and high-profile white-collar cases.
Reach Out Today for Help With White-Collar Criminal Charges in Fort Lauderdale and Broward County
If you or someone you know has been charged with a white-collar criminal offense in Fort Lauderdale or anywhere in Broward County, the experienced and detail-oriented South Florida white-collar criminal defense team at Nichols Law is ready to hear your case. With more than 50 years of litigation experience, we provide serious and effective legal representation and advice to criminal defendants accused of white-collar crimes in Florida. Call us today at 954-779-3313 for a free consultation, or fill out our contact form online. We are here to help protect your reputation, your freedom, and your future.