The phrase “white collar crime” covers a wide variety of non-violent crimes, including fraud, identity theft, computer crimes, embezzlement, burglary, forgery and more. While these crimes generally do not involve violence or weapons, they are still very serious, and often very complex. Anyone accused of a white collar crime should immediately contact a skilled San Diego criminal lawyer with a proven track record of success defending clients against such accusations.
Many white collar crimes, particularly those involving fraud, result in some type of theft, which means that aside from other offenses, you will probably face either petty or grand theft charges based on the value of the goods. While petty theft is always a misdemeanor, grand theft can be a misdemeanor or a felony and having a skilled San Diego criminal attorney by your side can often mean the difference between the two. Aside from prison or jail time, these crimes will generally also require you to pay restitution to the victim of the crime.
Forgery, identity theft, fraud and similar crimes can result in additional charges, all of which may be misdemeanors or felonies. If a crime involving fraud, forgery or theft resulted in the loss or theft of particularly high amounts of money, or if you have similar crimes on your record already, additional prison time may be given. In some cases, your San Diego white collar defense attorney might be able to negotiate a plea bargain so you can minimize the potential sentence you will face for your crimes.
Even if you receive a short sentence, having a white collar crime on your criminal record can drastically harm your employability after you are released from jail or prison as many employers will be hesitant to hire someone who has committed embezzlement, theft or fraud in the past. As you can see, it is critical to hire a top San Diego defense lawyer who can work to have the charges against you dropped or reduced whenever possible.
These days, many white collar crimes are performed on computers, which results in additional difficulties for both the prosecution and the defense lawyer. San Diego District Attorney has an entire unit dedicated to investigating computer crimes, identity theft and financial crimes, meaning that if you are charged with one of these offenses, there is already quite a bit of evidence against you. This is why it is so important that your San Diego criminal defense attorney have ample experience defending others who have been accused of complex computer and financial crimes.
If you are being investigated for or have been accused of any type of white collar crime, please call Peter M. Liss at (760) 643-4050 or (858) 486-3024 to schedule a free initial consultation. He offers top quality service at affordable rates and accepts all major credit cards. Don’t take your chances when it comes to finding the right San Diego criminal attorney for your case, call our office today.
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