The assorted criminal charges referred to as “white collar crimes” include those offenses that are non-violent and are committed with the purpose of obtaining money, generally via fraud or deception. This moniker differentiates these crimes from so-called “blue collar crimes” that may be violent in nature (such as assault or battery) or may involve more overt “money grabs,” as with shoplifting. Fraud, extortion, insider trading and embezzlement are all types of white collar crimes. If you would like to speak to a white-collar crime lawyer, the attorneys at Okabe and Haushalter are standing by to discuss your case with you.
Multiple criminal offenses may be classified as white collar crimes. Some of the more common forms these crimes may take include:
Our attorneys can help you navigate the legal system if you have been charged with one of these or any other white collar crime.
White collar crimes may violate state penal codes or be federal offenses, and they may be further classified as misdemeanors or felonies depending on the alleged crime itself and the circumstances surrounding it. All of these things may play a role in how the crime is prosecuted and which penalties will apply if convicted. At Okabe and Haushalter, we are well-qualified to handle all types of criminal cases: misdemeanors, felonies, state and federal offenses.
Misdemeanor crimes are considered those crimes that are less serious, and are punishable by penalties such as fines, community service, probation and jail sentences not exceeding one year. Felony offenses, on the other hand, are those crimes that could result in more than one year in prison if convicted, and fines for felonies are typically steeper than their misdemeanor counterparts.
Criminal charges may also be classified as state-level offenses, federal offenses, or in some cases may qualify as both. State-level offenses (those crimes which break the California Penal Code) are prosecuted in a state courtroom, which federal offenses are charged in a federal court. When a criminal offense is both a state-level and federal crime, it may be prosecuted in either a state or federal courthouse, depending on other factors related to the alleged crime.
If you are facing criminal charges and need a white collar crime lawyer in Rolling Hills, the legal professionals at Okabe and Haushalter can help. Our attorneys are criminal defense specialists and have handled various high-profile cases that yielded real results. We know how to adapt our defense strategies to fit your specific case, and our aggressive approach has earned us the reputation of courtroom excellence. We will fight to get your criminal charges reduced or dismissed in an effort to come to a satisfying resolution to your case. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.