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Despite the non-violent nature of these crimes, a conviction could result in some serious penalties due to the abuse of power that is often common in these situations. If you were charged with a white collar offense in San Bernardino, the experienced criminal defense team at the Law Offices of Vincent Hughes is ready to help you fight them. Reach out to our law office today to schedule a consultation and get started on building your defense.

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Common white collar crimes

White collar crimes are defined as any violation of the law, committed through non-violent means, involving some form of deceit, lie, misrepresentation, or the violation of a position of trust by an organization or individual that is for their own benefit. These are some of the most common offenses:

  • Embezzlement
  • Bank fraud
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Money laundering
  • Credit card fraud
  • Tax fraud
  • Insurance fraud
  • Identity theft
  • Medicaid and Medicare fraud
  • Ponzi schemes
  • Insider trading and securities fraud
  • False claims and statements

White collar crimes also involve investigations from multiple federal and state law enforcement agencies.

Penalties for white collar offenses in San Bernardino

Depending on whether you were convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony white collar crime, the penalties you face could vary in severity. Here are some examples of penalties you may face for certain white collar crimes:

  • If you were convicted of embezzlement, you could serve a maximum prison sentence of 10 years and pay a fine. The severity of your punishment would depend on the sum of money you embezzled.
  • If you are convicted of bribing an official, you could serve up to four years in state prison and be charged a fine of up to $10,000.
  • If you were convicted of tax evasion, you could serve a prison sentence of up to five years and pay a fine of up to $100,000. 
  • If you were convicted of mail and wire fraud, it could result in 20 years of imprisonment and $250,000 per individual.

In some cases, penalties could also include:

  • Paying a substantial amount of restitution to the victims
  • Covering the cost of the prosecution
  • Forfeiting specific assets
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Contact us today for quality defense counsel.

If you were charged with a white collar crime, you should not put off obtaining skilled legal counsel. There are many defenses available to defendants, such as the lack of intent or duress. At the Law Offices of Vincent Hughes in San Bernardino, our legal team is committed to providing fierce legal representation to every client we serve. We understand the severity of the charges you are facing and the impact a conviction could have on your life. Let us fight for you. Call us today to schedule a case evaluation with our experienced criminal defense attorney.

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