White collar crimes are referring to criminal conduct committed for financial gain but without the use of force or violence. This can be referring to crimes as simple as illegal gambling and more complicated crimes such as money laundering or RICO violations.
In the United States, 62.5% of people have experienced at least one form of white collar crime with that number steadily increasing as technology improves. In Florida, these crimes are taken seriously because the people who are often victimized are the elderly, young, and uneducated. Because of this, Florida has an interest in protecting the public’s property and assisting in prosecuting white collar crimes.
White collar crimes have become so prevalent that Florida has devoted specific statutes to white collar crime and is governed by the White Collar Crime Victim Protection Act, Section 775.0844 and Section 825.101. These statutes define white collar crime and differentiate between the type of crime, how many people are affected, and the potential consequences of committing a white collar crime. The consequences of white collar cases can be career ending if not handled properly. As with any crime there is always a possibility of imprisonment, probation, and fines. A professional who has been accused of these crimes face additional consequences such as license revocation and therefore the inability to continue working.
White collar crimes are generally more complicated and sophisticated. They are often times investigated over long periods of time and require a defense attorney who has the sophistication and experience to understand the intricacies of these statutes.
It is important that if you believe that you are being investigated for a white collar offense, you contact an attorney immediately. The ability to advocate on your behalf even before an arrest is made can be the difference between being arrested or not.
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Being charged with a white collar crime is serious. In this instance you are not only hurting yourself but also vulnerable individuals. In Florida, this crime is not taken lightly and carries steep penalties. If you or a loved one have been charged with a white collar crime, it is in your best interest to seek legal representation. Contact Moses & Rooth Attorneys at Law so that we can help you figure out the best strategies for your case. Contact our office today.