You’ve probably heard the phrase “white collar crime,” but if you don’t know the definition, the expression can seem a little confusing. White collar crime refers to financial crimes that people were traditionally more likely to perform while working in an office job where they had access to financial data, hence the name “white collar.” This generalized label includes crimes such as embezzlement, fraud, identity theft and misappropriation of funds.
Thanks to the computerization of our modern society and easy access to sensitive data via the internet, white collar crimes no longer have to be performed in the office and these activities are now performed by people of all backgrounds and classes.
While these crimes were not heavily enforced or punished in the past, police, prosecutors and law makers have been much more active in taking steps to stop these criminal activities in modern times. In fact, police and prosecutors now have special units dedicated exclusively to white collar criminal activities. In addition, the penalties for these crimes have become increasingly severe in the last few decades and those convicted of white collar crimes will often face significant jail or prison sentences.
If you have been accused of a crime of this nature, it is imperative that you contact a skilled Vista white collar crimes attorney as soon as possible. Peter M. Liss can help protect your rights during the investigation and prosecution of the crime. If you have been accused of a crime of this nature, please, call our offices at (760) 643-4050.
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