Understanding White Collar Crimes
According to records from the U.S. Department of Justice, the prosecution of white-collar offenders has reached an all-time low since tracking began over 30 years ago. White collar crime is a legal term used to collectively describe a range of crimes involving fraud, deceit, corruption, and money laundering that often occur in a corporate, government, or business setting. These criminal acts are usually committed by someone with significant social status and respectability in their occupation.
Types of White Collar Crimes
With more than 30 years of combined experience, our skilled attorneys at Madson Castello Law have devoted their careers to providing personalized attention and strong advocacy to every individual arrested or indicted with white collar crimes. We are proud to represent clients in a wide range of litigation related to white collar crimes, including, but not limited to:
Fraud: Under Texas law, an act of fraud can be described as a deliberate attempt to deceive another person, usually for personal or financial gain. According to statistics from the Crime in Texas 2020 report, there were 4,971 juvenile and adult arrests for fraud statewide in 2020.
Forgery: Forgery involves making, changing, or using any falsified written item with the intent to defraud or harm another person. In Texas, it is a crime to forge a "writing" with intent to defraud or harm someone else.
Embezzlement: Under Texas law, embezzlement can be described as the appropriation of another person's property or assets with the intent to defraud or deprive them of such property.
Bribery: Bribery involves giving or offering something of value to another with the primary aim of influencing the person's decision.
Money Laundering: Under Texas law, money laundering can be described as the process of concealing, transporting, and transferring illegally obtained money, usually through legitimate businesses or foreign banks.
If you or someone you know has recently been charged with a white collar crime in Texas, you need to hire a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney right away. Our dedicated team can investigate the surrounding circumstances of your unique situation and fight vigorously to ensure that you do not suffer the devastating punishments and consequences of a criminal conviction.
In Texas, white collar crimes often carry serious and potentially life-changing consequences with them. The penalties usually depend on the local or state sentencing guidelines, the severity of the crime, the defendant's criminal history, and other circumstances. If convicted, possible penalties and consequences include:
- Massive fines
- Prison sentences (ranging from several months, years, or decades)
- A criminal record/history
- Increased difficulty in securing employment, housing, or public benefits
- Loss of your right to vote in elections
- Loss of your right to own firearms
- Increased difficulty traveling to other countries
- Ineligibility to obtain certain financial loans
Reaching out to a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible can make a significant difference in whether your case is indicted or even filed. We can intervene quickly on your behalf, fight vigorously to defend your legal rights, or take preemptive measures to ensure that those allegations don't ruin your life.
Work With a Skilled Criminal Defense Attorney
Without experienced representation, you’re exposed to the risks of suffering the maximum punishment for white collar crime charges. If convicted, you could be facing devastating penalties, including hefty fines, lengthy imprisonment, a criminal record, increased difficulty in finding employment, and other life-altering ramifications. Therefore, when facing white collar crime allegations, it is important that you hire a skilled criminal defense attorney immediately for proper guidance and to help strategize your defense.
At Madson Castello Law, we have the experience, diligence, and resources to defend and represent individuals who have been accused of white collar crimes. As high-level, former prosecutors in Dallas County, we understand the prosecutor’s mode of thinking and can use this to our advantage to outline the best defense strategy for your case.