If you need a Fort Lauderdale white collar defense lawyer, look no further. Our Fort Lauderdale criminal law firm has some of the most competent, knowledgeable attorneys in the state of Florida, and their understanding of white collar crime is unparalleled. Because white collar criminal cases can be difficult to understand, and because the government vigorously prosecutes them, you have a lot to lose by not hiring the most competent white collar law firm.

What is a white collar crime?

A white collar crime is a financially motivated nonviolent crime committed by business or government professionals. Some examples of occupations where white collar crime can common include banker, lawyer, doctor, mortgage broker, business executive, business owner, government official, professional, etc.

Instead of using force or threat of violence, the white collar criminal uses deception, trickery, or fraud to enrich himself. The sociologist Edwin Sutherland first defined the term in 1939. He defined it as “a crime committed by an individual of high status and respectability in the course of his occupation.”

What are some examples of white collar crimes?

White collar crimes aren’t limited to one or two specific areas. They can encompass any of the following. This list is not comprehensive. These are just some of the most common types of white collar crimes.

  • Antitrust Violations
  • Bank Fraud
  • Bribery
  • Computer Crimes
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Embezzlement
  • Employee Theft
  • Forgery
  • Fraud and Conspiracy to Commit Fraud
  • Healthcare Fraud
  • Identity Theft
  • Immigration Fraud
  • Insider Trading
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Internet Crime
  • Mail, Wire, & Bank Fraud
  • Money Laundering & Racketerring
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • RICO (Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act)
  • Securities Fraud
  • Tax Evasion
  • Theft

Penalties for these crimes can be quite serious. You could end up with a stiff prison sentence, huge fines, asset forfeitures, or find yourself broke and penniless after a big judgment is handed down. Prosecutors go hard after white collar criminals, and you don’t want to find yourself in their crosshairs without a great lawyer on your side. The difference between hiring an astute, knowledgeable Fort Lauderdale white collar defense attorney and a so-so one can be years in prison and millions of dollars.

Hiring any old Broward criminal lawyer isn’t going to get you a surefire defense. Picking the first Broward criminal law firm out of the phone book isn’t any way to pick an attorney if you’ve been accused of a serious white collar crime.

The attorneys at the law firm of Pagan & Stroleny, P.L. have represented high-profile clients in the Fort Lauderdale area across the State. We’ve mounted successful defenses for a variety of individuals, including business owners, bankers, lawyers, and doctors, accountants, and real estate agents. If you’ve been charged with a white collar crime, call us today for a confidential consultation. We can sort out your charges and tell you what your best path forward is. You don’t want to leave this to a lesser law firm. We’ve been doing this successfully for a very long time, and we know what we’re doing.

White collar crimes can be investigated for a really, really long time

In a lot of white collar criminal cases, a person has been looked at for a long period of time before the arrest is made. The government may have spent several months (or even years) building the case. It is obviously extremely important you contact a lawyer immediately after you’re arrested or even when you’re first aware you’re under suspicion. Our law firm will work quickly to find out what is going on and work with the prosecutors to drop the charges or prevent them from moving forward. We can try to have an effect on charges are filed or try to get you immunity. Don’t try to talk to law enforcement alone. A skilled detective can get even the most innocent person to make a statement that appears contradictory. They can later use that statement as leverage to pressure you to cooperate. It’s always wiser to talk to a lawyer as soon as you’re aware you’re under suspicion. A lawyer could even advise you on how to move forward in your professional life without doing further illegal acts.

Talk to a lawyer before you talk to law enforcement

If you’ve been charged with a white collar crime, the worst thing you can do is start talking to law enforcement. You need a competent counselor to sort through all the charges before you talk to local police officers or federal agents. The statements you make to law enforcement can be used against you at a later time. If you talk to a lawyer first, you won’t run the risk of undermining your chances for a successful defense.

At our law firm, our highly competent criminal defense attorneys represent individuals from a wide spectrum of positions and occupations charged with white collar crimes. We’ve seen a lot, and we’re not going to be surprised by what you bring to us. The first thing you want to do when you’re charged with a white collar crime is go straight to Pagan & Stroleny, P.L. for your free consultation. So give us a call today!

White collar criminal defense in Fort Lauderdale

If you are under active investigation for any type of white collar crime in Fort Lauderdale, then contact our experienced white collar law firm today. We can sit you down and look over the facts of your case in a private consultation.

Protect your liberty, property, and reputation. Contact our law firm today.

A conviction or arrest for a white collar crime can lead to serious damage to your bank account, reputation, and even put your professional license in jeopardy. You could be facing a lengthy prison sentence, stiff fine, or asset forfeiture. We can help mitigate the damage and get you out of the trouble you’ve landed yourself in.