Criminal defense is a complex legal discipline with many unique aspects. Depending on the type of charge(s) in question, Missouri criminal defense attorneys must employ a variety of different tactics and strategies to ensure that their clients’ rights are protected such that they receive a fair and just punishment. The attorneys at Deputy & Mizell, LLC have experience defending clients in the face of a wide range of criminal charges. This week, we want to look closer at the unique aspects of one particularly interesting type of criminal cases: white collar crimes.
What Is A White Collar Crime?
The term “white collar crime” is used to refer to crimes that revolve around financial assets. Rather than being violent, these crimes are typically financially focused – the criminal stands to gain financially at the expense of their targeted victim. They are generally considered highly intellectual crimes, as they require a great deal of planning and strategizing on the criminal’s part.
Examples of white collar crimes include:
- Identity Theft
- Tax Fraud
- Credit Card Fraud
- Healthcare Fraud
- Mail Fraud
- Money Laundering
Many of the crimes classified under “white collar” are considered felonies and are punishable to the full extent of the law under such classification. Felonies are the most serious classification of crimes, and convicted felons often face serious sentences such as several years in prison and even (in some cases) capital punishment. White collar crimes are relatively common types of felony offenses – according to Criminal Law Lawyer Source, as many as one in five felony convictions are for white collar crimes.