White Collar Crime Defense Lawyer in Washington DC
For many people, white collar crime may seem like the kind of offense that happens only in certain professions. However, a person in any industry may face these charges. If people find themselves charged with white collar crime, they need to make sure they have a dedicated white collar crime defense lawyer in Washington DC on their side. At Boyle and Jasari, we have the experience necessary to help you navigate this situation.
Why Choose Us?
The legal system takes a harsh stance on white collar crime. Our Washington DC white collar criminal defense attorneys have decades of experience in this area and can help you understand the charges and their implications for your life. We know that these charges can impact your life and your reputation for a long time, and we are committed to helping you achieve the best possible results for your situation.
Our lawyers can help you with every stage of a white collar crime case. We can provide advice about internal investigations and interactions with federal agencies. If it is necessary for a case to go to trial, we also have the experience to defend you and your rights. Schedule a consultation with Boyle and Jasari to discuss your case by clicking here or calling (202) 860-3007.
Why Boyle and Jasari Is Your Best Choice
Attorney Dennis Boyle is a highly accomplished white collar criminal defense lawyer practicing in state, federal, and international courts. The wide range of offenses and complexity of white collar crime requires expertise in various areas to effectively navigate the criminal justice system. If you or a loved one is the target of a criminal investigation, Boyle and Jasari is your best defense.
Attorney Dennis Boyle has received multiple awards and recognition in his long-standing career. He has received an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbel, the Nationally Ranked Top Ten Attorney’s Award, the American Bar Association Award for Professional Merit, and is listed as a Washington DC Super Lawyer from 2011 to present.
Formerly serving as a Navy Judge Advocate, First Assistant District Attorney, and Special Assistant US Attorney, Attorney Dennis Boyle has extensive criminal law experience. After serving over a decade as a prosecutor, he is uniquely qualified to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your case.
Attorney Dennis Boyle is certified as a criminal trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He has tried more than 200 criminal jury trials throughout the United States and internationally. It is important to note; not every defense attorney can practice in federal court. A Washington DC white collar defense lawyer must be admitted to the particular court your case is being held. Attorney Dennis Boyle is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, Alaska, and other federal courts throughout the nation. He is also admitted to practice before the International Criminal Court in Hague, Netherlands.
When you or a loved one is charged with a federal white collar crime, few criminal defense lawyers have the vast experience and skill Boyle and Jasari brings to every case. Schedule a consultation today and learn the possible defense strategies to pursue your best outcome.
How an Experienced White Collar Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help Your Case
The legal system prosecutes white collar crime harshly. Despite the non-violent nature, sentencing guidelines are severe to deter future crimes. In 2002, the White-Collar Crime Penalty Enhancement Act sharply increased penalties for various forms of fraud. In addition, the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984 eliminated the possibility of parole for federal crimes. Therefore, seeking experienced counsel is crucial to your defense. A Philadelphia white collar criminal defense attorney can employ various strategies to dismiss your case, seek exoneration at trial, or negotiate with the prosecution on your behalf while mitigating damaging consequences.
Every set of circumstances is different, lending to the complexities of white collar crime. The esteemed criminal defense team of Boyle and Jasari can guide you through the investigation process and help you navigate to the best possible outcome.
Most cases are won and lost in the investigation process before trial. After examining the prosecution’s factual development of the case, Attorney Dennis Boyle will interview witnesses, retain essential investigators and experts, and gather critical evidence. In many cases, an in-depth and detailed investigation can persuade the state or federal prosecution to drop the charges and dismiss the case. However, if your criminal case continues to trial, Dennis Boyle is prepared to mount an aggressive white collar criminal defense.
What Is White Collar Crime?
White collar crime is better defined as a socio-economic crime involving nonviolent offenses that usually involve business executives or professionals and are motivated by financial concerns. People may seek to gain money or other assets or try to gain an advantage over other companies or colleagues. This offense can take many forms, but the underlying root is a violation of trust and the intent to conceal information or otherwise deceive people.
White collar crime may violate both federal and state laws. As soon as people realize that officials may conduct an investigation into their business practices, they should contact a lawyer. A skilled lawyer can provide advice about the investigation process and how it might affect individuals and their companies. At Boyle and Jasari, we can help you develop a plan to ensure your business complies with the law.
What Are Different Types of White Collar Crimes?
White collar crime may fall into several categories.
Money laundering refers to the process of making money obtained from illicit enterprises like drug dealing, extortion or fraud and making it appear to come from legitimate sources. This may involve creating a series of financial transactions in order to obscure the original source of the funds. Traditionally, money laundering involved the use of cash; however, in recent years, other forms of financial exchange like precious metals, gems, art, real estate, etc., are used to launder dirty money. Closely related to traditional money laundering are offenses that arise under the Bank Secrecy Act, which contains currency transaction reporting requirements. Basically, whenever an individual engages in a cash transaction of $10,000 or more. “Structuring” is a crime that involves breaking $10,000 cash deposits into smaller amounts and depositing them on different days to avoid the reporting requirements. “Smurfing” involves breaking $10,000 cash deposits and breaking them into smaller amounts, to be deposited in separate banks, in order to avoid currency reporting requirements.
Cyber crimes fall under statutes like the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, which prevents anyone from entering a protected computer system, damaging a protected computer system, altering the information of any computer system. Another common cyber-crime is Identity Theft, a law under both state and federal law, involving the unauthorized use of another person’s computer credentials, government identification or other form of identity for the purpose of either financial gain to the perpetrator or financial loss to the victim. Cyber crime also includes all form of fraud, thefts, extortions, child pornography and any other crimes committed through the use of a computer.
Thefts of intellectual property under the Economic Espionage Act as well as criminal violations of patent, trademark and copyright statutes. These statutes contain both civil as well as criminal causes of action. Trade secrets are an extremely valuable form of intangible property and is becoming a more frequent target of both domestic and international actors.
Corruption offenses such as bribery and extortion (prosecuted under the Mail Fraud and Wire Fraud Statutes federally) are an ever-present form of while collar crimes. The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act also prohibits U.S. citizens and businesses from bribing or providing other forms of remuneration, either directly or indirectly, to foreign officials.
Fraud refers to the presentation of false information to deceive another person and gain something of value. There are several different types of fraud:
- Healthcare fraud
- Medicare and Medicaid Fraud
- False Claims Act
- Insurance fraud
- Telemarketing fraud
- Mail fraud
- Wire fraud
- Credit card fraud
- Tax evasion
- Identify theft
- Securities fraud
At Boyle and Jasari, one of our focuses is securities fraud. This type of fraud involves investments and includes situations such as insider trading or false reporting. We also have experience handling international investment cases.
Our defense attorneys are skilled at handling complex cases. We can help you protect your rights during this difficult situation.
What Are Common White-Collar Crimes?
Some of the most common white-collar crimes include the following:
- Embezzlement –Embezzlement occurs when a person trusted by an employer or someone else to handle money or property uses their position to access and misappropriate those funds. For example, an employee has access to the company bank account and is only supposed to use that money for business purposes, but they funnel the money into their own account and forge documents and receipts to make it seem like the money was spent on business expenses.
- Corporate Fraud – Corporate fraud usually refers to cases involving falsification of financial documents, insider trading, and other schemes that are implemented to conceal fraudulent activities. This is another crime that is often investigated for weeks or months before an arrest is ever made.
- Ponzi Schemes – A Ponzi scheme is a scam that promises individuals high returns with little to no risk. Individuals running Ponzi schemes take money from one person and then seek out new investors so they can pay back the original person. The scheme eventually falls apart when new customers stop coming, which stops the flow of new investments. The money then dries out, and the investors are unable to get their money back.
- Bankruptcy Fraud – When a person files for bankruptcy, they sometimes have to pay creditors who will receive a portion of the filer’s assets. Many filers intentionally hide property or assets so they don’t have to give everything up. This is bankruptcy fraud.
White collar crimes can have a deep impact on people’s lives. The legal ramifications usually depend on each situation. People may either face misdemeanor or felony charges, and a conviction may include incarceration, probation, and hefty fines.
Even without a conviction, people may experience consequences. The government may require people to forfeit their property or pay restitution. Additionally, people might be detained in their homes. In some situations, the government may sanction a company. Our defense attorneys know that white collar crime charges can harm your personal reputation, as well as a company’s standing. A conviction may be even more damaging. We are committed to helping you keep your reputation throughout the process and finding a good solution.
When To Hire a White-Collar Defense Lawyer
White-collar crime is a term used for a range of crimes generally committed by business and government professionals. These types of crimes are defined by deceit, concealment, and violations of trust without any threat of physical violence or fore. White-collar crimes are committed for financial gain and to avoid losing money or property.
The potential penalties for white-collar crimes can be severe and far-reaching. Often, individuals are being investigated for weeks or months before law enforcement can gather enough information. This is why it’s so essential to hire a white-collar criminal defense lawyer as soon as you become aware of any type of criminal investigation, even if you haven’t yet been arrested. Receiving advice from an attorney before you’re arrested or even questioned by law enforcement can provide you with a significant benefit. Your lawyer can advise you on what to say and what not to say, what to do and what not to do, and can help you every step of the way.
While a lawyer certainly can’t impede an investigation, they can ensure that your legal rights are protected. This way, you won’t waive any rights or do anything that you aren’t legally required to do that could end up hurting your case.
There are several possible defenses when you’re being charged with a white-collar crime. The specific defense will be very fact-specific, and will change depending on which specific crime you’re charged with. Generally speaking, some of the most common defenses to white-collar crimes include insufficient evidence, a lack of intent, and entrapment. Additionally, defense strategies might include a guilty plea, which is often seen as showing remorse and could result in a less severe penalty.
White-collar crime is such a broad category of crimes, so it’s probably not surprising that the penalties can vary quite a bit. Since white-collar crimes typically involve stealing or hiding money or property, the sentence almost always includes restitution, meaning you’d be required to pay back any money you took, and then possibly a fine on top of that. This is often in conjunction with a prison sentence.
Whether you receive a jail sentence or not will depend on several factors, such as your prior criminal history, the scale of your crime, and whether you go to trial or plead guilty. Individuals with little to no prior record can avoid jail time in some cases, and might be sentenced to probation instead.
What Happens During a White Collar Crime Case?
A white collar crime case usually begins with an investigation. Officials may get a subpoena so they can go through a person’s or a company’s financial records. In some situations, officials may also get a search warrant and investigate a person’s home or the company premises. Frequently, they will identify and interview employees, co-workers, vendors, customers, clients, etc. Normally, a grand jury will subpoena records, hear testimony and ultimately issue an indictment.
The earlier an experienced white collar attorney is retained, the better the chances for a successful defense or a more favorable sentence. The defense attorney needs to be able to conduct an investigation in order to protect the target of an investigation. In most instances, cases are won or lost in the investigative phase,
These cases may involve many different federal agencies. There may be personnel from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Securities and Exchange Commission and Internal Revenue Service, and various Inspector General’s Offices depending on the nature of the allegations.
Our lawyers know that the details of a white collar crime case may be confusing for many people, especially if this is their first encounter with the law. At Boyle and Jasari, we can help you understand every aspect of your case and advise you about the actions you need to take.
Contact Boyle and Jasari Today
If you are facing white collar crime allegations, you need to take action. At Boyle and Jasari we are prepared to help you with all aspects of your case and make sure you understand the situation. Our Washington DC white collar criminal defense attorneys will mount an aggressive defense on your behalf whether you are under investigation or if you have been charged. To set up a meeting with one of our qualified defense attorneys, reach out to us today. We are ready and waiting to speak with you. Contact our law firm or call (202) 860-3007.