The term “white collar” crimes refers to crimes that do not involve an act of violence. In the past the words referred to crimes committed by wealthy, highly respected individuals, but nowadays there are so many different crimes the words generally refer to a non-violent crime. Examples of these crimes would be bank embezzlement, Wall Street crimes, mail fraud, bribery, kickbacks, money laundering,Internal Revenue crimes, bad check crimes, and many others. According to the United States Government the economy suffers losses in the amount of 300 billion each year due to white collar offenses.
White collar crimes can be charged by either the Federal Government or a State Government. Coxwell & Associates have represented citizens in many hundreds of white collar offenses. Each case is individual and must be investigated thoroughly. In many instances a white collar investigation will begin long before an arrest occurs. White collar crimes sometimes required extensive investigation. Before an Indictment is returned the prosecuting authorities may issue dozens of Subpoena Duces Tecums and send out many agents. In one case in Michigan the F.B.I. sent out over 70 agents in one night to question witnesses.
Our best advice is based on the rights guaranteed to you by the U.S. Constitution and the Miss. Constitution. If you are approached by law enforcement officers of any type who wants to talk with you, call us for legal advice. Both the U.S. Government and the States have laws that allow them to charge someone for making a false statement to law enforcement officers. A person could answer a question not fully understanding what was being asked or not remembering some of the facts due to the passage of time. The government could then charge the person with making a false statement even if they never charge the person for the original crime under investigation.
Coxwell & Associates is a experienced law firm handling state and federal crimes, including appeals. The firm also handles serious injury cases. Frank Coxwell is the only attorney in the firm who handles consumer bankruptcy and other debtor issues.
Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.