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Okabe & Haushalter

Palo Alto White Collar Crime Attorney

Facing criminal allegations is not an experience that is limited to a specific subtype of person. Crimes are committed in all types of communities, and whether you are wealthy or indigent, it is possible to be accused of a crime. So-called white collar crimes are common—and often quite serious—offenses, and despite what the moniker implies, people from all walks of life may find themselves facing one of these criminal allegations. Being accused of a crime is an alarming experience, and it can be difficult to know where to turn for help. If you would like to speak to a white collar crime lawyer, the attorneys at Okabe and Haushalter can advocate for you in criminal court.

What are white collar crimes?

The term “white collar crimes” is used to distinguish a set of crimes that are nonviolent in nature and are typically motivated by monetary gain and involve a form of subterfuge or deception. This term is used to separate these money-motivated crimes from so-called “blue collar crimes” which are either violent in nature (such as assault, battery, or homicide) or overt in terms of seeking monetary gain (such as shoplifting or armed robbery). White collar crimes often involve fraud and trickery, such as making false representations of the self in order to swindle money from a bank or an individual, whereas blue collar crimes are much less subtle in their commission.

Examples of white collar crimes

There are many ways that white collar crimes can manifest. Some examples include:

  • Extortion
  • Bribery
  • Money laundering
  • Ponzi schemes
  • Hedge fund-related legal issues
  • Embezzlement
  • Bank fraud
  • Check fraud
  • Wire fraud
  • Identity theft
  • Cybercrimes

White collar crimes differ in some ways

While some forms of white collar crimes are state offenses and may even be minor misdemeanors under the law—for example, embezzling funds valued at less than 900 dollars—other offenses may be serious felonies or even federal offenses—such as bank fraud or identity theft. Regardless of what type of offense you have been accused of or which type of court it will be prosecuted in, our attorneys have the skills and knowledge to mount an effective, aggressive defense for you in the criminal courts, be they federal or state.

Okabe & Haushalter can defend you against white collar crime allegations

If you have been accused of a nonviolent criminal offense, we can help. Contact a white collar crime lawyer in Palo Alto at Okabe & Haushalter for a free consultation. We have a reputation for fighting aggressively for our clients’ best interests, and we are ready to go up against the prosecution in your case. We are renowned for providing our clients with courtroom excellence, as evidenced by our track record of proven results. We will push to get charges dismissed or reduced via a plea agreement, and we will be with you every step of the way as your legal case plays out in criminal court. Call today for a free case evaluation.