White collar crimes have been somewhat romanticized through movies and television shows as crimes which do not rise to the same level as common-law crimes. This has in turn led to a rise in the number of white collar crimes committed since many individuals do not believe or understand the scope of the criminal act. However, if you have been arrested on suspicion of a white collar crime, do not hesitate to contact an experienced white collar crime defense lawyer in Houston. White collar crimes contain the same penalty and punishment ranges as traditional common-law crimes, and therefore a conviction can lead to the same dire repercussions.
White collar crimes are generally nonviolent crimes which are intentionally committed to procure illegal financial gain. The label “white collar” was instituted early on by sociologists in the 1930s since it was noted that white collar employees were more likely to commit corporate crimes, as opposed to traditional common law offenses such as robberies and burglaries. This nickname stuck and is still used today to refer to financial crimes often committed by corporate insiders.
The Great Depression spurred a rise in corporate crimes, as these white collar workers looked for illegal methods to procure money for their families. Jobs and wages were slashed during this time and rather than turn to a life of crime (such as drug trafficking or the underground bootleg rings), many corporate employees developed a new form of criminal law that centered largely on fraud and money laundering. White collar crimes have continued since this early time period in the 1930s, as technology has made it that much easier to commit corporate espionage and offer opportunities for employees to attempt to take money from their employer.
White collar crimes are a unique subset of the law and are often tried in federal court, since many corporate crimes involve federal offenses. These crimes often take years to sort through, and therefore the trails can be a length process, especially when the defendant faces both state and federal charges. Most white collar crimes turn on the intent of the defendant – such as whether the intent was to defraud their company or to deceive their company during the course of the crime. However, some acts may be accidental, and should not lead to a conviction based on this fact alone.
Our firm’s Houston white collar crime defense lawyer, Mary E. Conn, has practiced since 1985, is admitted to practice in Texas and California, and the United States Supreme Court, and can effectively defend you against a full range of white collar crimes in State and Federal Courts.
Common white collar crimes include:
The majority of white collar crimes involve federal criminal activity and therefore are likely brought before federal court judges. Therefore, the Houston white collar crime defense attorney you speak with regarding your arrest should be well experienced in both state and federal court. Ms. Conn is a very experienced white collar crime attorney in both Federal and State Courts.
If you have been arrested on accusation of white collar crimes, do not hesitate to contact Mary E. Conn Law. Mary E. Conn has years of experience in handling all types of criminal defense actions, including white collar crimes. White collar crimes involve a different subset of criminal law, with many of those crimes involving federal law. It is therefore important to secure the advice of a Houston white collar crime defense lawyer who is well experienced not only in Texas criminal defense, but also federal defenses. Contact us on (713) 357-4190 to speak with the white collar crime defense lawyers at our Houston office for your initial free consultation today.