Norcross White Collar Crimes Attorneys
To avoid the serious penalties associated with white collar crime charges, you need aggressive legal representation from our experienced Gwinnett County criminal defense attorneys.<
White collar crimes are committed by professionals, businesses, and those in government positions. Generally non-violent, they are financially motivated and involve some type of fraud or a betrayal of public trust. Make no mistake — these are serious criminal offenses that carry potentially harsh penalties upon conviction. When you are accused of committing this type of crime, you need aggressive legal representation by an experienced Gwinnett County criminal defense attorney. At Zimmerman & Associates, we have been protecting clients accused of white collar crimes for more than 40 years. We strategize a strong legal defense, offering your best chances for success in beating your charges and avoiding the ramifications you could be facing.
Defending You Against White Collar Crime Charges in Georgia
White collar crimes typically involve more sophisticated and elaborate schemes than lower level, ‘street’ offenses. As a result, both the criminal penalties and the fallout in other areas of your life tend to be more severe. In addition to heavy fines, court costs, legal expenses, and a potentially lengthy prison sentence, you face the loss of your business and your reputation within the professional community, as well as forfeiture of property and assets you possess.
At Zimmerman & Associates, we provide the strong, professional legal representation you need in these situations. Our knowledge of the Georgia Code and how it applies in white collar crime cases enables our Gwinnett County criminal defense attorneys to protect you against the following types of charges:
- Bank fraud;
- Computer fraud;
- Credit card fraud;
- Forged documents;
- Hedge fund fraud;
- Identity theft;
- Insider trading;
- Insurance fraud;
- Investment scams;
- Money laundering or counterfeiting;
- Ponzi schemes;
- Securities violations;
- Tax fraud and tax evasion.
Protection Against Possible Federal Charges
In addition to criminal charges in Georgia and the harsh penalties you could be facing upon a state conviction, white collar crimes often require dealing with federal officials, as well. When crimes are committed across state lines or involve public and government institutions, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is likely to begin its own investigation of your case. Actions they may take against you include:
- Combing through all of your personal financial information;
- Seizing computers, documents, and other business property, in order to obtain evidence against you;
- Interrogating business associates and clients;
- Freezing assets and seizing property, threatening the financial security of your family members.
In this type of situation, you need an aggressive Gwinnett County white collar crime attorney on your side who has experience in dealing with federal authorities. At Zimmerman & Associates, we can protect you against these actions and the mandatory minimum jail sentences associated with a federal conviction.
Get Our Gwinnett County White Collar Crime Attorneys on Your Side
At Zimmerman & Associates, we provide the fierce legal protection and aggressive defense you need when facing white collar crime charges. To get our team fighting on your side, contact our Gwinnett County white collar crime attorneys to request a consultation today.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the Difference Between Counterfeit Money and Money Laundering?
A: Counterfeit money and money laundering both involve lying about money, but that is where the similarities end. Counterfeit money is money that is meant to look real, but it is fake. Cashiers use special pens to detect fake banknotes. Creating counterfeit money is known as forgery. If you manufacture or spend counterfeit money, you can be charged with forgery and sentenced to up to 20 years in prison. If you notice a funny looking bill in your wallet, do not attempt to spend it.
You can be arrested just for possessing counterfeit money, but there are several defenses against this charge that might be applicable. For example, you might have reasonably assumed that the banknote was real because you received it from a reputable source, such as an ATM, a bank teller, or a cashier; if that is the case, then you were not the only person who mistook the counterfeit bill for a real one. If the bill was sitting in your wallet and you were not actively trying to spend it, then you could use the defense that the police had no right to search your wallet. For example, you might use this defense if the search took place during a traffic stop; you could argue that the officer stopped you for a trivial reason and searched your car because they claimed it smelled like marijuana, which is a flimsy excuse.
By contrast, money laundering is when the money is real, but you are lying about its source. For example, you could face money laundering charges if you made money by selling drugs and deposited the money into the bank account of a legal business that you own. The most common types of businesses that are used as fronts for money laundering are car washes, restaurants, and other types of businesses where customers usually pay cash. Real estate purchases are also often used as a front for money laundering; therefore, newly enacted laws now require more thorough money laundering investigations when people buy real estate in cash.
Q: What is the Difference Between a Criminal Fine and Restitution?
A: As with most other types of crime, the penalties for financial crimes can include probation, home detention, prison, criminal fines, or some combination thereof. Criminal fines are when the court orders you to pay money to the court as part of your sentence. The court might order you to pay restitution instead of, or in addition to, the fines; the court might also order you to forfeit assets you acquired with the illegally obtained money. Restitution is money that you pay directly to the victim of the crime in the same amount as the financial losses that you caused the victim to suffer. In the simplest cases, restitution involves paying the victim back the amount of money that you stole from them. In some ways, it is like paying damages in a civil lawsuit, when the defendant pays the plaintiff compensation for the plaintiff’s financial losses caused by the defendant’s actions.