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White Collar Crimes Attorney

Pennsylvania prosecutors pursue white-collar crimes aggressively, and facing these charges can significantly disrupt your life. A conviction can lead to hefty fines, lengthy prison sentences, and significant professional and personal consequences. If you or your organization is under investigation or has recently been charged with white-collar crimes, it is essential to work with a seasoned criminal defense attorney who can fight assertively to clear your name.

At SMT Legal, we understand how overwhelming it can be to be the subject of a white-collar crime investigation. When you work with us, you can feel confident that you will receive the support and advocacy you need at this precarious time. Our experienced legal team will craft an individualized defense strategy to protect you from the harshest consequences of a conviction. Call us today at (412) 765-3345 or contact us online for a free case evaluation with a seasoned white-collar defense lawyer in Pittsburgh.

Types of White-Collar Charges We Handle

The skilled criminal law team at SMT Legal has the knowledge and resources to handle all types of white-collar cases, including:
  • Antitrust violations – Engaging in practices that limit market competition, such as price-fixing or monopolization
  • Bankruptcy fraud charges – Concealing assets, making false statements, or filing false documents in a bankruptcy case
  • Bribery – Offering, giving, soliciting, or receiving something of value to influence a person’s actions, typically in a business or political context
  • Corruption – Abusing entrusted power for private gain, often involving public officials or business executives
  • Embezzlement – Misappropriating funds or assets entrusted to one’s care for personal gain
  • Internet crimes – Engaging in illegal activities online, such as hacking, phishing, or distributing malware
  • Insider trading – Using non-public information to make profitable trades in the stock market
  • Insurance fraud – Deceiving an insurance company to obtain benefits or payments to which one is not entitled
  • Mail fraud – Using the postal service to engage in fraudulent activities, such as sending false or misleading information
  • Misappropriation of funds – Using funds or assets for purposes other than those for which they were intended, often for personal gain
  • Money laundering – Concealing the origin of illegally obtained money by passing it through a series of legitimate transactions
  • Mortgage fraud – Providing false information on a mortgage application or engaging in other deceptive practices related to mortgages
  • Regulatory compliance – Failing to adhere to laws and regulations governing a particular industry or business
  • Securities fraud – Engaging in deceptive practices in the buying or selling of securities, such as stocks or bonds
  • Tax evasion Deliberately underpaying or failing to pay taxes owed to the government
  • Wire fraud – Using electronic communications, such as email or phone calls, to engage in fraudulent activities
Whatever the charges, our legal team is ready to do what we can to have them dismissed or reduced, or to secure an acquittal if your case goes to trial.

Potential Penalties for White-Collar Crimes

Many people believe a white-collar crime conviction will result in relatively light penalties. However, the legal consequences of a conviction can be significant, including many thousands of dollars in fines, prison time, and restitution. If the crime has resulted in serious financial harm, a state or federal court will impose even lengthier prison sentences upon conviction.

Furthermore, a conviction can result in significant adverse consequences for your reputation, family life, employment prospects, and financial standing. With so much at stake, you need a skilled criminal defense attorney who can help protect your rights, inform you of your options, and fight for you every step of the criminal process.

Defenses Available in White-Collar Crime Cases

While white-collar crime charges can be serious, there are several potential defenses that a skilled attorney may employ on your behalf. The most appropriate defense strategy will depend on the specific facts of your case, but some common defenses in white-collar crime cases include:
  • Lack of intent – Many white-collar crimes require the prosecution to prove that the defendant acted with specific intent to defraud or deceive. If your attorney can demonstrate that you did not have the requisite intent, you may be able to avoid a conviction.
  • Insufficient evidence – The prosecution must prove each element of the alleged crime beyond a reasonable doubt. If there is insufficient evidence to support the charges against you, your attorney may be able to have them reduced or dismissed.
  • Entrapment – If a government agent induced you to commit a crime that you would not have otherwise committed, you may be able to raise an entrapment defense.
  • Duress – If you committed a white-collar crime because you were under the threat of harm to yourself or others, your attorney may be able to argue that you acted under duress.
  • Incapacity – If you were mentally incapacitated at the time of the alleged offense, you may be able to avoid criminal liability.
  • Statute of limitations – If the prosecution did not bring charges against you within the period allowed by law, your attorney may be able to have the charges dismissed.
  • Constitutional violations – If law enforcement violated your constitutional rights during the investigation or arrest process, your attorney may be able to have any illegally obtained evidence excluded from your case.
At SMT Legal, our experienced white-collar crime defense attorneys will thoroughly investigate your case to identify all possible defenses. We will then work tirelessly to build a strong defense strategy tailored to your unique circumstances, with the goal of achieving the most favorable outcome possible for you.

What to Do If the Police Arrest You for White-Collar Crimes

Being under arrest for a white-collar crime may be among the most stressful experiences of your life. However, it is essential to maintain the presence of mind to take the following steps to protect your rights and interests:
  • Remain calm and cooperative – Letting your emotions get the best of you or resisting arrest can make your case more complicated. Furthermore, you will face additional charges.
  • Remember that you have the right to remain silent – Everything you say can be used against you in court. Do not answer any of the police officers’ or investigators’ questions without a lawyer present. Moreover, you should avoid making statements about the charges or investigation on social media.
  • Consult an attorney right away – The skilled criminal defense team at SMT Legal is ready to give you the legal support and guidance you need. The sooner you call us, the sooner we can build a solid case to fight for you.

Contact SMT Legal Today

White-collar crime charges can upend your life. However, it is essential to remember that federal and state laws offer the presumption of innocence until you have been proven guilty. At SMT Legal, we take this right seriously and will fight passionately to protect your rights and interests. We understand what is on the line, and we will look at every available option to safeguard your future.

Our Pennsylvania white-collar criminal defense team has decades of combined legal experience, and we are ready to put our knowledge and resources to work for you. Call us now at (412) 765-3345 or contact us online for a free and confidential consultation with a white-collar criminal defense attorney in Pittsburgh.

ATTORNEY SPOTLIGHT

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Thomas’s clients say of working with him that he was “very clear with his strategy of my case from the consultation to the court date.” Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Thomas enjoys helping his hometown community.

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