Top-Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in West Palm Beach
At the Law Office of Ann Fitz, we understand how the government prosecutes white collar crimes and know how to build a strong defense against them.
White collar crime refers to crimes committed by business people, entrepreneurs, public officials, and professionals through mistake or deception. White collar crimes can be prosecuted at either the state or federal level, or both, depending on which jurisdiction’s law has been violated. Penalties vary, but some cases can result in hefty fines, restitution, and anywhere from 1 to 30 years imprisonment.
Intent plays a central role in prosecutions of white collar crimes. In fact, it is usually a key element of the charged white collar offense - whether it is conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud, securities fraud, health care fraud, falsifying books and records, insider trading, money laundering, or racketeering. Since charges related to white collar crimes do not require proof that you acted with force or threats of violence, prosecutors rely on proving your liability through criminal intent. If there is a legitimate reason that can be proven in your defense for why the criminal act was committed, thereby negating criminal intent, no crime has been committed.
Often, in prosecuting white collar crimes, a charge of conspiracy will be brought along with the underlying charge(s). Those facing conspiracy charges are often asked to provide the names of other people involved in criminal activity in exchange for a cooperation agreement that will result in a lower sentence.
The Law Office of Ann Fitz defends clients from many types of federal white collar criminal charges, including those involving:
- Bank fraud, such as check fraud and other forms of financial counterfeiting
- Corporate crimes including falsification of records
- Conspiracy to engage in a criminal activity
- White collar cyber crimes and hacking
- Health care fraud, including Medicare and Medicaid fraud
- Identity theft and other forms of personal data theft
- False insurance claims
- Mail and wire fraud
- Money laundering schemes
- Mortgage fraud, include schemes involving equity skimming and property flipping
- Obstruction of justice
- Charges brought under the Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO)
- Securities fraud, including market manipulation and insider trading
- Tax fraud and tax evasion
No matter what type of federal white collar charges you are facing, you will have to face off against federal prosecutors who have vast powers to investigate your personal and business financial dealings. If you are charged with a federal white collar crime, you will want an experienced defense attorney who can stand take a stand against the United States government.
Attorney Ann Fitz has almost 20 years of experience in federal court and a long record of favorable case outcomes for her federal white collar criminal defense clients. Out of her West Palm Beach office, she represents people who are charged with federal white collar crimes throughout Florida. You can discuss the details of your case with us in a free consultation by calling 561-932-1690.
Proving Criminal Intent
In order to be found guilty of a white collar crime, prosecutors must prove that you intended to commit a crime with one of the following states of mind:
- acting purposely - the defendant had an underlying conscious object to act;
- acting knowingly - the defendant is practically certain that the conduct will cause a particular result;
- acting recklessly - The defendant consciously disregarded a substantial and unjustified risk; or,
- acting negligently - The defendant was not aware of the risk, but should have been aware of the risk.