New Jersey White Collar Crimes
Being accused of a white collar crime in NJ means your professional career, your financial situation, your future prospects, and your liberty itself may be in jeopardy. You need an aggressive white collar criminal defense lawyer fighting for you.
When you think of white collar crimes, you may remember a handful of news-making white-collar criminal cases that have gone down in history. Many people have suffered significant financial losses at the hands of fraudulent investors, lenders, and executives. Some even sacrificed their lives over the devastation of their future and humiliating gullibility. Not all white-collar crimes make the papers, however. Most occur in the offices of local government officials, professionals, and business owners. The crux of a white collar criminal case is some type of financial benefit or other means of advancement obtained via unlawful means. Despite their being non-violent in nature, a criminal charge for a white collar crime can mean devastating penalties that include fines, restitution payments, and a long stint in prison.
If you have a pending case against you involving forgery, fraud, embezzlement, money laundering, or other white collar crimes of any kind in New Jersey, mounting the strongest possible defense is absolutely essential for guarding your rights and protecting your innocence. The experienced white collar criminal defense lawyers at The Tormey Law Firm have achieved thousands of successful case results in courts throughout New Jersey, including in Bergen County, Morris County, Essex County, Passaic County, Union County, and Somerset County.
We have criminal defense attorneys and former prosecutors who have obtained exceptional outcomes on behalf of clients charged with the most serious crimes possible, including murder, aggravated sexual assault, kidnapping, first degree drug distribution, and second degree theft. With our experience fighting the most severe charges and the longest possible prison sentences allowed by law, we do not back down in the face of state or federal prosecutors seeking to intimidate our clients into admitting to the allegations they’re facing. We investigate the case intensively, collaborate with our former prosecutors and defense lawyers to develop an effective defense plan, and work tirelessly on behalf of our clients to obtain the most favorable results.
Do not hesitate to contact our aggressive New Jersey white collar criminal defense lawyers for immediate assistance in a free consultation. We are prepared to answer any questions you have regarding your particular charges and maintain complete confidentiality as we discuss your potential options for defending your case. Get a jump on your defense by contacting us at (201)-556-1570 today.
What are the Main Charges for White Collar Crimes?
White collar crimes like bribery, bank fraud, copyright infringement, counterfeiting, embezzlement, extortion, forgery, insider trading, identity theft, and money laundering, have fraud and illegal financial gain (or loss avoidance) at their source. Fraud and deceit cover many activities, most notably check fraud, forgery, and identity theft, but there are many forms of fraud. Wherever and whenever monetary gain exists, fraud is possible. Computer, mail, or wire fraud are commonly associated with those emails from foreign diplomats or officials seeking help obtaining large sums from mysterious bank accounts or official-looking correspondence inviting the addressee to invest in what turn out to be Ponzi schemes.
Insurance fraud and Medicaid fraud typically involve healthcare providers over billing insurance providers or claiming reimbursement for services no one performed. Mortgage, welfare, charities, worker’s compensation, securities, payroll, and bankruptcy fraud are other avenues to deceive others for payment or wealth enhancement. And credit card fraud is everywhere. From electronic devices that pick up your P.I.N. code on a debit card to credit card theft, many have experienced the surprise charge on their credit card statement.
Not just credit card fraud, but all fraud is the intentional misrepresentation or omission of facts for financial or personal advantage at the expense of another. To convict an accused, the state must establish that the defendant knowingly misrepresents or omits facts with the intent to deceive one who relies on that false representation or omission of fact to their injury. Credit card fraud is one type of fraud but is distinct in the array of offenses that an accused may commit. For instance, a charged individual might have stolen a credit card to buy items or lied on a credit card application to get a credit card.
That may also include forging someone’s name on a credit card application or completing an incomplete application. Theft may include stealing credit card information with an electronic device. Moreover, forgery consists of creating false documents or signatures to enter contracts, obtain legal documents, or buy pharmaceuticals in cases involving prescription forgery. The punishment for fraud varies depending on the type of fraud and damages amount.
For instance, a person hooked on Vicodin may forge a physician’s name on a stolen prescription pad to buy drugs from a pharmacy, in which case they may also be charged with obtaining CDS by fraud. Another forgery may consist of obtaining a state identification card with false birth records or writing checks on a closed bank account. To convict a defendant, the state prosecutor must prove the defendant’s intent to use false documents or signatures to deceive an individual or entity into believing the documents or signatures are valid to gain something of value. Most forgery charges are fourth degree crimes, but forging state identification cards or other government documents is a second degree crime. Falsifying a prescription is a third degree crime.
Range of Penalties for White Collar Crimes in NJ
The punishment for all white-collar crimes is specific to the crime and the criminal code’s sentencing guidelines. Thus, a defendant accused of a white-collar crime may be imprisoned, confined to house arrest with an electronic monitor, on probation, subject to asset seizure from the government, fined, and ordered to pay restitution to victims. Moreover, all convictions become part of an individual’s criminal record, often preventing them from obtaining specific jobs, careers, licenses, or personal relationships. For instance, the stockbroker who commits securities exchange fraud or the executive who cashes out company stock on an insider tip may lose their license to be stockbrokers and their career as a multi-million dollar company senior vice president.
Furthermore, white-collar crime often draws those accused into state and federal court. For example, the publicly traded multi-million-dollar company may have offices and factories throughout the nation. The company executive who defrauds the company may affect investors in many states. Thus, the Enron scandal that bilked billions from investors by fraudulent accounting and top executive malfeasance was a federal white-collar crime handled in federal courts. Some white-collar crimes affect state residents only and are handled in superior court.
Some crimes involve state and federal violations, and the government may try them in state and federal court. Like those violating the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), significant fraud cases typically involve massive investigations over months or years through various governmental agencies, like the F.B.I. and the Justice Department. Huge money laundering, counterfeiting, or other financial crime schemes by large organizations violate R.I.C.O. laws and end up in federal court. Federal penalties are often stiffer than state penalties for most crimes, white-collar crimes included.
Don’t Delay in Getting Help from our New Jersey White Collar Crime Attorneys
If investigated, arrested, and convicted of a white collar crime in New Jersey, you could be embroiled in the legal system for years and lose everything, your money, freedom, career, reputation, and relationships. Thus, after the first contact by an investigator or arrest, you want to retain an expert white-collar criminal defense lawyer with an in-depth understanding of white-collar crime complexity. Evidence gathered from various law enforcement and government agencies may be overwhelming. Still, the prosecutor must in every case prove you committed every element of each state or federal crime contained in the criminal indictment against you. In other words, you are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Though the charges may seem overwhelming, understand that the burden is on the prosecution to overcome any reasonable doubt a juror may have about whether you committed any or all the crimes charged, including the means, motivation, and execution of the crimes. The prosecution bears the brunt of the work to prove each morsel of every crime. At the same time, a defense lawyer must only raise doubt, protect your constitutional rights from bad behaving governmental actors, and present you in the best light possible. If you have been charged with a white collar crime and want to defend your freedom, it is not a matter of whether you obtain the right criminal defense attorney for you but when. Contact our team for a cost-free, confidential consultation now. One of our dedicated lawyers is available immediately to assist you at (201)-556-1570.