Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Courts | 0 comments

The absconding clerk, the insider trader, the nerdy hacker…these are representations of a type of criminal that specializes in activities that either breaches security or trust to ultimately benefit in some way, most often than not financially. These are considered white collar crimes because they are perpetrated by people with control or authority, and seldom involve any physical contact or violence. Nonetheless, such criminals are just as likely to ruin lives as a gun-toting bank robber, which is why the punishments are often quite severe. To be convicted for a white collar crime can have profound consequences.

This is especially true for a job that requires the employer and clients have a certain degree of confidence and trust in the person doing it, i.e. bank teller. According to the website of Ian Inglis Attorney at Law, in a lot of cases white collar crime is some form of fraud: wire, tax, healthcare, securities, business, accounting, bank or investment. New kids on the block are computer crimes and identity theft, which are already crimes but may also be used as a means to commit other crimes i.e. hacking databases to obtain credit card information.

White collar crimes are dangerous because they are carried out in secret, so the damage is extensive before it is found out. This is also why it can be difficult to trace the crime back to the perpetrator, especially now and for computer-related crimes, and once traced, difficult to prove. It also happens that mistakes are made that can lead to the wrong person being charged with a crime and, if the case is not handled properly, convicted.

If you are charged with a white collar crime, the worst thing you can do is to try to explain. Say nothing and find a skilled criminal defense attorney to sort things out for you.

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