Colorado Springs White Collar Crime Defense Lawyer
If you are facing Colorado white collar crime charges, we can help. At The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., we have more than ten years of experience, which we have devoted to defending clients charged with crimes, including white collar crimes. Our Colorado Springs defense lawyers are ready to put that experience to work for you.
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Ever since the economic catastrophe that revealed itself in September/October of 2008, the media has been obsessed with white collar crime. From spectacular examples, like Bernie Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme that bilked investors out of billions, to more pedestrian examples of defrauding, scamming, and evasion, the American psyche is collectively yearning to understand the whys and wherefores of white collar crime. Let's discuss some of the most common categories of white collar crime.
This involves individuals faking or imitating valuable items. The most obvious example of counterfeiting involves faking currency. The reason why United States coins and bills are designed so ornately is to prevent counterfeiting of currency, which can not only hurt individual investors but can also degrade the American brand around the world. T-shirts, designer bags, art, and watches can also be counterfeited.
Fraud is an umbrella category of white collar which includes other broad classes of crime such as bank fraud, cell phone fraud, internet/web fraud, insurance fraud, credit card fraud, and many other classes. Essentially, perpetrators of fraud bilk investors, companies, or individuals by means of providing untrue information, distorting information, omitting key information, and by lying about past, present, or future knowledge/usage of technology.
These kinds of crimes involve attempts to bend the will of individuals or organizations for financial gain. Embezzlement involves the illegal/unethical appropriation of monies or funds entrusted for investment. Bribery involves the attempt to buy favors, information, trade secrets, and the like. Extortion involves attempts to coerce individuals and/or institutions into providing remuneration in exchange for guarantees that the extorted subject will not be harmed.
Assorted other white collar schemes can include:
- Over-billing customers
- Unsavory get-rich-quick schemes (e.g. Ponzi and pyramid schemes)
- Police impersonations
- Fake coupon publishing
- Money laundering
- Evasion of state, local or federal income taxes
- Real estate schemes
- Odometer fraud
- Shell games
By definition, a white collar crime is a crime committed while acting in a professional capacity. Corporate crimes and workplace theft tend to be classified as white collar. For many of these crimes, a multi-state element via the Internet or bank transactions is involved that bounces the case directly to federal court. However, crimes such as theft that do not involve other states can be prosecuted directly in Colorado.
The consequences of white collar crimes are increasingly dire. Gone are the day of plush federal white collar prisons that offer executives a mere slap on the wrist for their offenses. Convicted felons can have trouble finding a job or dwelling and be barred from voting; in addition, the damage of even a white collar crime accusation to a professional reputation and career cannot be overstated. Each white collar crime is as different as its accused perpetrator, and every case requires a unique mix of investigation and legal strategy if a defendant is to escape with his freedom and his civil liberties intact.
If you've been charged with a white collar crime, punishments can be quite stiff in the State of Colorado. Discover your best defense by connecting with established and compassionate Colorado Springs white collar crime lawyer, Timothy Bussey. Mr. Bussey has worked as a prosecutor and judge. He is highly regarded as a defense attorney. For an appointment, simply call us at (719) 475-2555.