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Key factors of white collar crime charges

Any type of crime is serious, and even non-violent crimes may carry heavy penalties. If you face white collar crime charges, you do not want to take it lightly.

Having an understanding of the process for such charges may assist you with figuring out how to properly fight them. There are a few key factors that you should know about white collar crime.

Definition

In short, white collar crimes are generally crimes that involve the perpetrator seeking financial gain by deceiving others. These types of infractions usually occur in the business and cyber worlds. Many individuals think of executives and business owners when they hear white collar crime, but that is not always the case. Many kinds of individuals, especially those in the financial realm, may commit white collar crimes. This can include tellers, accountants, financial advisors and even shopping clerks.

Types

Many different types of crimes fit under the white collar crime umbrella. A few examples of charges include:

  • Identity fraud
  • Insurance fraud
  • Embezzlement
  • Money laundering
  • Investment fraud
  • Bribery

These are just some of the possible infractions, and each carries its own weight and penalties. For example, Georgia Code 16-9-8 denotes what constitutes as identity fraud, the prosecution process, and penalties, while another code covers embezzlement. It may be beneficial to speak with a knowledgeable attorney to gain a full scope of the charges an individual faces.

Trial process

In a white collar trial, the government must build a case and present evidence to the judge. If the judge accepts it, the jury must then examine and process it. On the other hand, the defense focuses on presenting a concise argument showing the innocence of the accused party, as well as poking holes in the government's case. One simple flaw in the government's argument may lead to an acquittal.

As you can see, white collar crimes are quite extensive. By gaining an understanding of these key factors and the process in general, you can prepare yourself for the possible outcomes in your case.

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