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What Constitutes a White-Collar Crime?

Last updated 6 years ago

There are several ways to categorize a crime—often, the “type” assigned to a crime involves the identity of the perpetrator, the severity or extent of the crime committed, and whether it was violent or non-violent. In the following article, you’ll learn about white-collar crime and find some examples to help further illustrate the concept.

Characteristics
White-collar crime almost always involves little to no violence, and is often committed with financial motivations. Depending on the nature of the crime and the number of laws broken, white-collar cases can be prosecuted in both state and federal courts, and may very well lead to jail time or heavy fines if the defendant has no legal representation.

Common Examples
There are several criminal activities that can be characterized as “white-collar.” Some of the most common include:

  • Embezzlement while under the employ of an individual or company
  • Money laundering
  • Fraud relating to health care, tax, credit card, mail, computer, marketing, stock, or insurance
  • Identity theft
  • Forgery and counterfeiting
  • Insider trading
  • Bribery and extortion
  • Obstruction of justice or perjury
  • Conspiracy

Again, though white-collar convictions do not usually result in consequences equivalent to violent crimes or other felony types, they can lead to short- or long-term periods of incarceration, not to mention stiff fines. It is for this reason that those charged in a white-collar case should immediately seek the help of an attorney with experience in white-collar criminal defense.

To learn more about white-collar crime and to receive legal aid from an attorney in the Phoenix area, call the offices of Blumberg & Associates at (602) 277-6180. We can organize a meeting to go over your case point by point in order to come up with a solid plan for your defense. 

 

 

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