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Trust Schalk, Ciaccio & Kahn P.C. to Represent Your Case

While most associate New York state’s criminal code with theft, assault, and drug possession, most crimes fall under white-collar crimes. These are non-violent crimes that usually involve elements of theft and fraud. White collar crimes are penalized harshly and often result in lengthy imprisonments, heavy fines, and, if applicable, losing a license to practice. If you’ve been arrested or come under investigation, it is imperative to seek legal representation from experienced white collar crime attorneys, such as the seasoned attorneys at Schalk, Ciaccio & Kahn P.C. in Long Island, NY. Reach out to schedule your free consultation to discuss your case and discover how we can help protect your freedom.

White Collar Crime in Long Island and Nassau County

Common Types of White Collar Crime

White collar crimes are often referred to as economic crimes as they are financially motivated offenses that are committed by either an individual, business, or professional. New York state classifies these crimes as major felonies; conviction comes with severe penalties. As such, most white-collar crimes are prosecuted under federal law as they often cross state lines or involve an intent to defraud organizations such as the U.S. government. Due to the complexity of these cases, it’s not uncommon for those accused of white collar crimes to be investigated by multiple agencies. There is no specific criminal charge of white collar as it’s more of a category of criminal offenses. Here is a look at some examples of white collar criminal charges we can defend you against:

  • Bank Fraud
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Welfare Fraud
  • Tax Fraud
  • Securities/Stock Fraud
  • Wire/Mail Fraud
  • Conspiracy
  • Embezzlement
  • Larceny
  • Money Laundering
  • Insider Trading

Discover Potential Criminal Penalties

The penalties associated with white collar crimes vary depending on the level, severity, and the individual’s particular circumstances. Generally, most result in a monetary fine, time in prison, or both. It’s important to remember criminal law allows for maximum penalties. However, our attorneys will tirelessly help you receive less than the highest sentencing level available. New York’s legal system has created a sentencing guideline for white collar criminal penalties. Each crime has a specific maximum penalty. For example, a Class C felony can result in 20 years behind bars and/or a fine of up to $5,000. Here is a look at potential penalties of white collar crimes:

  • Civil Penalties – Civil penalties include potential restitution payments or asset forfeiture.
  • Physical Penalties – Depending on the severity of the crime, individuals may face time behind bars. Most white-collar crimes are served in low-security prisons.
  • Social & Professional Penalties – After time served, the impact of a white-collar conviction can linger. Depending on the conviction, maintaining, or finding employment may be difficult.

We’ll Create a Personalized Defense Strategy

The type and defense style depends on the specific white-collar crime in question. Our seasoned attorneys will thoroughly scrutinize the evidence and allegations against you while creating a personalized defense strategy. We understand that these crimes carry hefty penalties. You can rest assured we’ll work to protect your reputation, freedom, and financial health. Here is a look at common white-collar criminal defense strategies:

  • Lack of Intent – The prosecution will often need to argue that you acted with intent to defraud or illegally obtain money. If they cannot prove intent, our lawyers can argue that this case should be dismissed.
  • Insufficient Evidence – Whether there is insufficient evidence to prove motive for a crime, we can argue for lack of evidence.
  • Illegal Search of Seizure – Depending on the situation, we can call into question the integrity of the investigation and the search and seizure procedures used.
  • Entrapment – Law enforcement agencies often go undercover to investigate a crime or entice an individual to commit a crime. We can argue entrapment if we can prove that you wouldn’t have committed the crime without the influence of the undercover officer
  • Statute of Limitations – Criminal charges must be brought within a specific timeframe, known as the statute of limitation.
  • Coercion/Duress – Some individuals may have committed white-collar crimes due to being forced via physical or verbal threats.

Contact Our White Collar Criminal Lawyers

Securing expert legal representation is vital if facing white collar criminal charges. The experienced attorneys at Schalk, Ciaccio & Kahn P.C. are committed to protecting your freedom and rights. Our team of former prosecutors provides us with a unique advantage as we understand what’s needed for a robust defense strategy. With nearly 50 years of combined experience, we know what it takes to undermine the charges against you. To schedule your free consultation, contact us today.

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