Oklahoma City White Collar Crime Attorneys
The stakes are high when you are charged with a white collar crime. If you are accused of stealing, unlawfully obtaining, or concealing money, you need to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney right away. Monetary crimes like embezzlement and fraud are taken as seriously as violent offenses in Oklahoma. Depending on the amount of money you are accused of taking, you could face either a misdemeanor or felony offense. Both of these will lead to a permanent criminal record upon conviction. A felony could also see you in jail for years or decades. Instead of being represented by an over-worked public defender, get yourself an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney.
At Brown & Gould, PLLC, we are ready to tenaciously defend your rights in court and seek the best possible outcome for your case. Contact us today to schedule and fee initial consultation.
What Are White Collar Crimes?
White collar crimes are typically those that deal with financial or commercial activities. These offenses often involve business professionals or government officials who interfere with a financial or commercial activity in a way to obtain funds. The individual may be accused of lying, concealing, using false pretenses, and even threatening others to gain money, professional and personal advantages, and success. In general, these types of crimes are financially rather than violently motivated.
While white collar offenses are nonviolent crimes, Oklahoma law still takes them very seriously. Any individual accused of a white collar crime should seek an experienced criminal defense attorney to avoid the harsh consequences of conviction.
We Provide Aggressive Criminal Defense Representation
At Brown & Gould, PLLC, we understand the nuances of prosecuting and defending white collar crimes. These accusations often target successful individuals or unlucky workers involved in failing businesses. When an individual has been accused of unlawfully appropriating money, concealing earnings, or failing to pay taxes, we know how to investigate and analyze the situation to determine the strongest defense possible under the law.
We aggressively defend all of our clients, whether charged with a misdemeanor or felony. We will do whatever we can to gain you the best possible outcome in your situation, whether that is an acquittal or the minimum sentence under the law.
Common White Collar Crimes
Many offenses can be considered white collar crimes. At Brown & Gould, PLLC, our lawyers have experience in handling a wide range of white collar matters, including:
- Credit card fraud;
- Bank fraud;
- Mail fraud;
- Securities fraud;
- Investments fraud;
- Identity theft;
- Tax evasion; and
- Money laundering.
Almost all white collar crimes are based on the concepts of theft and fraud. Theft, also known as larceny, is the unlawful taking of another person or business’s money or property with the intent to deprive that person or business of the money or property forever. Fraud is defined in a number of ways. It can include an individual using misrepresentations, false promises, omissions, silence, and concealment to deceive another person and influence that person in order for the individual to gain money or property to the detriment of that other person.
Charges for White Collar Crimes
In Oklahoma, theft and fraud crimes are often charged based on the value of the property or money that was allegedly unlawfully obtained. For example, when a property is valued at less than $500, an individual may be charged with petit larceny, a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 6 months in jail, a fine up to $500, and restitution. When the money or property is worth more than $500, a person can be charged with the felony of grand larceny, punishable by up to 5 years in prison, a fine up to $500, and restitution.
However, some white collar crimes are not charged based on the value of the money or property stolen. Some of these offenses are automatically felonies. For instance, identity theft, regardless of how much the accused is said to have benefited, is a felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison, a fine up to $100,000, and restitution to the victim.
Contact Oklahoma City Criminal Defense Attorneys of Brown & Gould, PLLC
At Brown & Gould, PLLC, we understand how these accusations can ruin your professional and personal reputations. We will help you not only defend yourself in court, but conduct your defense in a manner that protects your reputation, family, and future career as much as possible.
Our legal team offers you an aggressive, yet compassionate and client-centered approach to your defense. We will always focus on your needs and desires for your case. You can rely on all of your questions being promptly answered, whether by phone or email.
Contact us online or call us at 405-235-4500 to schedule a free initial consultation.