St. Louis White Collar Crime Attorneys With 75+ years of Combined Experience
The term “white collar crime” encompasses a wide range of criminal conduct. Typically, white collar crimes are those that are accomplished by non-violent means for purely financial gain. The type of conduct associated is often broadly defined, and many allegations of these kinds of offenses are unsubstantiated.
Individuals accused of white collar crimes rarely set out to break the law. Confusion regarding legalities, panic regarding cash flow, and a “slippery slope” to more serious legal infractions often form the background to many white collar crime cases.
If you have been accused of a white collar crime in Missouri, contact the St. Louis white collar crime defense lawyers of Rogers Sevastianos & Bante, LLP We have handled hundreds of white collar crimes, including cases involving charges of:
- Mail and wire fraud
- Bank and securities fraud
- Tax fraud
- Medicaid and Medicare fraud
- Check and credit card fraud
White Collar Crimes Can Result in Serious Legal Penalties & the End of Your Career
Because they can seem less serious than crimes involving violence or threats of violence, people who are accused of white collar crimes are surprised to learn that they are facing extremely serious penalties, including probation, fines, community service, and even jail time. In addition, conviction of a white collar offense can often result in the loss of a professional license – which typically means the end of your career in that profession. As a result, the consequences of a conviction for a white collar criminal offense can far outlast any sanctions imposed by the court.
Fortunately, in many cases, there are defenses available in white collar criminal cases. Some of the more common include the following:
- Fourth Amendment Violations – Most white collar criminal cases are the result of significant investigation on the part of authorities. If the way the investigation was conducted violated your constitutional rights in any way, it could result in the evidence gathered being deemed inadmissible in court.
- Entrapment – Entrapment occurs when a government official induces a person to commit a crime. In white collar cases, this often occurs when an undercover law enforcement agent contacts a person they suspect of being involved in a scheme and pressures him or her to engage in illegal conduct.
- Lack of Intent – Many white collar offenses require that the defendant intended to violate the law, and sometimes investigations ensnare innocent people whose actions furthered a scheme without their knowledge. When this occurs, it may be possible to have a case dropped or to secure an acquittal should the case go to trial.
Call a St. Louis White Collar Defense Attorney Today to Discuss Your Case
A key to successfully defending against white collar crime charges is to obtain all available facts, and to understand in advance 1) what the government’s evidence is, and 2) how to counter it in court.
We can conduct a full investigation of your charges, and then we can draw on our knowledge of government evidence and tactics to put together the strongest-possible defense. We have successfully handled one of the country’s largest Medicaid/Medicare fraud cases, along with hundreds of other white collar crime cases. For more information, please contact our firm.