Houston White Collar Crime Attorney
Criminal Defense Lawyer in Houston, TX
There are many crimes that fall into the category of a white collar crime. These types of crimes are usually investigated by dedicated teams of law enforcement officials that spend considerable time in the investigation of the alleged charges. They are often following up on leads generated by regulatory and other administrative agencies, internal compliance officials of companies, or auditors. While some types of crimes may seem on the surface to be "common sense," many are rarely simple and involve the alleged violation of one or more of the myriad complex federal and state statutes and regulations that many business people and citizens are expected to know and navigate in their daily professional and personal lives.
Types of White Collar Crimes
While there are too many types of white collar crime to describe in detail on this site, some of the types of offenses commonly charged include:
- Internet crimes
- Money laundering
- Bankruptcy fraud
- Credit card fraud
- Mail fraud
- Health care fraud
- Medicaid or Welfare fraud
- Theft of trade secrets
- Identity theft
While some white collar crimes may be exclusively violations of Texas law, others are may be violations of federal law or both. When both federal and state courts have jurisdiction, where a suspect ultimately faces charges can depend on the type of crime alleged, their status, and the amount of money involved. As Martha Stewart learned the hard way, while an investigation may begin in one area, it may quickly turn into another type of investigation - particularly if the suspect does not assert their right to remain silent, is dishonest, or too revealing. Beware - It is a crime to knowingly make false statements to a federal official and many people find themselves in a federal prison for that offense rather than the crime they were originally suspected of.
Moreover, in many situations employees of a corporation may believe that the company's counsel is on their side, not knowing that the lawyer represents the company, not them. To their credit, many companies will provide, compensate, or reimburse employees for their own counsel, but this is not always the case. When in doubt, employees should have it made clear to them who the counsel provided by their company represents and the parameters of that representation - in writing if possible. A lawyer is ethically bound to make full disclosure in that event.
If you find yourself suspected, accused, or charged with any type of white collar crime, contact a Houston criminal defense attorney immediately for legal support.
Protecting Your Rights Now & for the Future
I am Tate Williams and I am known as a tough litigator and negotiator on behalf of my clients. When you are facing these serious charges, call me for help. A conviction for a white collar crime can lead to serious consequences, including fines, prison sentence, or both. Some with no prior record may be able to receive probation or a reduced sentence. There may also be a civil case filed against a person, requiring that they pay restitution to those who were harmed by the crime. Having a tough criminal defense attorney defending you is essential.