We have extensive experience defending clients on white collar crime charges. Thanks to that experience, we have a unique understanding of how the prosecution will build its case and how to fight back effectively. As former prosecutors, we have seen both sides of cases. We know the prosecutor’s playbook. We have experience handling complex white-collar matters and understand the complex documentation and legal theories involved in these types of cases.
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What Are White Collar Crimes?
Let’s take a closer look at some of the more common white collar state crimes that you can be charged with.
Fraud is a broad umbrella term used to describe fraud crimes of deception or breach of confidence usually committed for some financial or personal gain. Fraud can encompass nearly 100 crimes, including identity theft, bad checks, making false reports to obtain credit or property, theft by fraud and making false reports to law enforcement. Fraud crimes are often known by many names and have overlapping elements. Some common crimes of fraudulent nature seen in the Dallas-Fort Worth area include:
Theft by fraud (Larceny)
Theft by fraud may happen one of two ways. First: by obtaining property by willful misrepresentation or false promise; and second, when an offender falsely impersonates or represents another person in order to defraud. Both offenses are punishable as larceny offenses based on the amount of money or value of property involved.
Making false statements to obtain property or credit
This includes mortgage fraud, insurance fraud, and credit card fraud. This fraud crimes category applies to anyone who makes a false statement, in writing, relating to his or her financial condition, assets or liabilities, or that of any firm or corporation with a fraudulent intent of obtaining credit, goods, money, or other property.
Obtaining property by false personation
This includes larceny, credit card fraud, and driver’s license fraud. Anyone who falsely personates or presents his or herself as another person to obtain property, commits the crime of larceny. Larceny is punishable as either a felony or misdemeanor offense, depending on the value or type of property taken.
Unlawful possession and use of the personal identification information of another person. (Identity Theft)
It is unlawful for a person to intentionally or knowingly possess, without authorization, the personal identification information of another person in any form.
Anyone who fraudulently uses, or possesses with the intent to fraudulently use, someone else’s personal identifying information and who does not have consent of the owner commits the crime of fraudulent use of personal identification information. Personal information may be telephone number, name, date of birth, driver’s license number, mother’s maiden name, social security number etc.
Bad or Hot checks
It is a criminal offense for any person, firm, or corporation to obtain any services, goods, or other things of value by means of a check, draft, or other written order knowing at the time of the issuance of such check that there are insufficient funds on deposit to cover the transaction.
A person may only be convicted of issuing a worthless check if he or she knew (when the check was written) that there were insufficient funds in the bank. However, intent to defraud or knowledge of insufficient funds is presumed if there were insufficient funds at the time the check was made, delivered, or drawn. This presumption must be rebutted by the defense.
Making False statements and reports to law enforcement
It is a criminal offense for a person to knowingly give to a law enforcement or police officer false information regarding the commission of a crime. This occurs if crime is reported that did not occur, or if the crime occurred but the reporter knowingly gave false information regarding the incident. The person must have known the information reported was false and must know that the person to whom the information is given is a law enforcement officer.
This white collar offense involves the act of obtaining funds from a federally-insured financial institution through improper means, including through the misapplication of bank funds.
This white collar crime involves falsifying a document with the intent to defraud an individual, financial institution, the federal government, or a private corporation. This can include forgery of a signature as well as falsification or alteration of other information on a legal document or financial instrument.
Defending Against White Collar Criminal Charges
White collar crimes can often be complex and intricate. If you are facing white collar crime charges, you need an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer who will aggressively defend you.
You can count on us to thoroughly investigate your crime and look for evidence to support your best possible defense, including whether law enforcement had probably cause for any search, seizure or arrest.
To learn more about how we can help you achieve the best possible outcome, call (817) 203-2220 to schedule a free consultation.