Cleveland White Collar Crime Lawyer
Examples of White Collar Crime Charges
We are not general practitioners and do not take every case that walks through the door. When it comes to white collar defense, we use our experience as ex-prosecutors to not only defend you from the charges but to guide you through the process. It is important you hire an attorney with real, significant courtroom experience.
Our firm can handle a wide variety of white collar crimes:
- Mail or Wire fraud - This type of fraud is commonly committed by disguising the sender as a legitimate business. Wire fraud is the electronic version of mail fraud.
- Prescription drug fraud - There are many types of fraudulent prescriptions, such as using stolen prescription pads to use fictitiously, altering legitimate prescriptions, and giving false callback numbers to verify prescriptions.
- Conspiracy - Conspiracy charges are brought about when there is a suspicion that two or more people are planning a crime. Conspiracy is very common, because it is hard for one person to complete significant fraud alone.
- Theft from businesses - Petty theft is the theft of goods under $1,000. A first degree felony charge may be given to those caught stealing more than 1.5 million dollars, and there are many types of theft charges in between.
- RICO - RICO stands for “Racketeer Influenced and Currupt Organizations”. RICO charges are typically pretty serious. Someone might be slapped with RICO charges if they were committing crimes spanning years and with multiple persons in association with an organization.
- Tax fraud - Tax fraud is the intentional action to get out of tax payments. This can mean underpaying taxes or avoiding them altogether.
- Embezzlement - Embezzlement occurs when employees trusted to handle the funds of their employer in some way take part of the money as their own.
- Securities fraud - This is also called “stock fraud” or “investment fraud”. The basis of this crime is providing false information that influences investors to make certain decisions in the stock or commodities market.
- Mortgage fraud - If someone misrepresents themselves in order to get loan approval, that may be considered mortgage fraud.
The offense level and amount of time you're looking at if convicted is based in large part on the amount of money the government alleges you stole. Often, this number is artificially inflated by the investigative agency because they do not understand where the money went, why it was transferred, or how it was moved. Often there are perfectly reasonable explanations for it; however, the government rarely investigates this up front. This is why it is important to retain counsel that understands how to defend your legal rights properly.
ORC 2913.31 Forgery Laws
While many white collar crimes are prosecuted as misdemeanors, it is considered especially egregious when a person forges the signature of another in order to legitimize a document like a check or other instrument. Forgery in this manner is a fifth degree felony and conviction can lead to a sentence of 6 to 12 months, plus fines.
Where financial loss occurred to another, the penalties and fines are higher. Forging identification cards or selling or distributing forged identification cards, is also prohibited under ORC 2913.31. While technically a misdemeanor, conviction of Forging Identification Cards can leave you in jail for six months and stuck with a $1,000 fine. Patituce & Associates specializes in defending people against forgery charges in the Cleveland area. We are experienced former prosecutors who know how to turn cases around for our clients.
White Collar Crime Defense Strategies in Ohio
At Patituce & Associates, we are former prosecutors who have prosecuted everything from murder to financial crimes. As Cleveland white collar crime attorneys, we have protected clients charged with all types of financial crimes (or white collar crimes). These cases include defending people charged with stealing money from schools, mortgage fraud, theft from their employer, and many others.
What's the difference between white collar and financial crimes? Read more on our White Collar vs. Financial Crimes blog post!
It is important to go with an lawyer looking to do more than just plea your case out. At Patituce & Associates, our Cleveland white collar crime attorneys prepare every case as if it is going to go to trial. We do not plan to plea, but if the prosecutor offers you a deal that is too good to say no to-then we did our job.
- Prosecutors on both the state and federal level are incredibly focused on prosecuting people charged with white collar crimes. There are many reasons for this. Just some include:
- They want to go after a conviction that is highly favored by the public
- They want to achieve a victory that plays to their goals
- They want to punish someone for just doing what it took to advance
At Patituce & Associates, we know what it took to get to where you are at. Our Cleveland white collar crime lawyers can help. Call (440) 709-8088 for a pressure-free, no-obligation consultation regarding your case.
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