White Collar Crimes

White Collar Crimes in Texas

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A white collar crime is a type of business related crime that commonly involves theft and fraud. This is a broad category of crimes that encompasses many non-violent crimes. The crimes could be committed by individuals, groups or even corporations in order to receive financial gain. This type of crime can be prosecuted both at the state or federal level depending on the laws broken in the offense. White collar crimes hold harsh consequences, not just criminal penalties. Individuals convicted of this type of crime may lose their job, ruin their career and taint their reputation. If you have been arrested or are under investigation for any type of white collar crime, get in contact with a Georgetown criminal defense lawyer from my firm right away. Be sure to remain silent until represented by a skilled white collar crime attorney to ensure that your rights are protected.

Types of White Collar Crimes

There are a wide range of crimes that fall under this category. I, Attorney Martin, am familiar with handling all types of white collar crimes, including but not limited to:

  • Bribery
  • Credit Car Fraud
  • Counterfeiting
  • Embezzlement
  • Extortion
  • Forgery
  • Fraud
  • Larceny
  • Money Laundering
  • Perjury
  • RICO Claims
  • Tax Evasion
  • Theft

There are many different types of fraud that can constitute a white collar crime. The most common types of fraud are mortgage, bank, mail, credit card, bankruptcy, business and accounting fraud. Most white collar crimes are committed by business professionals and fraud is one of the most common offenses. Facing any of these offenses can put you at risk of severe penalties and consequences. The penalties will vary depending on the crime and the laws broken.

Penalties of White Collar Crimes in Texas

The majority of white collar crimes are charged as felonies in the state of Texas, but there are some minor offenses that can receive a misdemeanor charge. Texas Penal Code Chapter 12 lays out the penalties for all types of white collar crimes. The statute provides the basic penalties but the specific circumstances of a case may result in harsher penalties. Offenses against elderly people generally hold more severe consequences as well as cases wherein the defendant has previous criminal convictions. These crimes are generally complex and involve in depth investigation before consequences are ordered. The breakdown of white collar crime offenses and their penalties follows these guidelines:

Class C Misdemeanor

  • Fine of up to $500

Class B Misdemeanor

  • Up to 180 days in jail
  • Fine of up to $2,000

Class A Misdemeanor

  • Up to one year in jail
  • Fine of up to $4,000

State Jail Felony

  • Between 180 days and two years in jail
  • Fine of up to $10,000

Third Degree Felony

  • Between two and 10 years in prison
  • Fine of up to $10,000

Second Degree Felony

  • Between two and 20 years in prison
  • Fine of up to $10,000

First Degree Felony

  • Between five and 99 years of life in prison
  • Fine of up to $10,000

These are just the criminal penalties for the offense, you may also be facing employment and social consequences. The penalties if the crime is charged in federal court can also vary due to the federal statutes. Also, if you are not a citizen of the United States, this type of criminal conviction may involve removal from the country and other immigration issues.

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If you have been charged for a white collar crime and are facing these penalties, team up with a Georgetown criminal defense attorney from The Law Office of Clovis Martin. I offer a free case evaluation so you can get started by contacting my firm today!