If you are being investigated for or have been charged with a white-collar crime, you are likely feeling frightened and overwhelmed. It is a stressful situation, but you do not have to go through this alone. Contact a dedicated Costa Mesa white-collar crime lawyer today.

Our dedicated criminal defense attorneys at The Law Office of Scott D. Henry have over 40 years of combined experience defending those facing charges for financial crimes. We have seen unprecedented success because of our aggressive and skilled approach to each of our cases. Our team has an in-depth understanding of how these cases are investigated and prosecuted locally, which allows us to build proactive case-specific defense strategies.

What is a White-Collar Crime?

White-collar offenses refer to crimes committed for financial gain that do not involve violence or a threat of violence. Those who commit these crimes are often professionals such as businessmen and women, doctors, or public officials.

In the past, white-collar crimes were not considered as serious as other offenses. However, in the past few decades, that view has changed as the number of white-collar crimes has skyrocketed, and the financial losses have become substantially larger. Some common white-collar crimes include:

  • Credit card fraud
  • Bribery
  • Embezzlement
  • Extortion
  • Ponzi schemes
  • Bank fraud
  • Wage theft
  • Mail fraud
  • Money laundering
  • Income tax fraud
  • Corporate fraud
  • Healthcare fraud
  • Insurance fraud
  • Mortgage fraud

These charges are punished strongly and may include financial penalties as well as jail time. The financial penalties commonly include hefty fines, restitution, and forfeiture, which can cause long-term financial strain for a defendant. The severity of these penalties differ and are directly related to the amount of financial loss resulting from the crime. A lawyer in Costa Mesa could assess a white-collar crime case and determine how to approach it based on the penalties a person may be facing.

Legal Defenses for White-Collar Offenses in Costa Mesa

White-Collar crimes are complex and require a thorough investigation and thoughtful analysis to determine the most appropriate defense strategy. Several solid arguments your attorney could pursue include:

  • Lack of Intent
  • Insufficient evidence
  • False accusation
  • Entrapment
  • Intoxication
  • Incapacity

A solid defense strategy depends on the circumstances of the alleged crime. We have seen charges stem from simple financial mistakes, poor business agreements, and false accusations. After a thorough investigation and analysis, our skilled attorneys in Costa Mesa could build a case-specific strategy that is both appropriate and effective for a particular white-collar crime.

Contact a Leading Costa Mesa White-Collar Crime Attorney

To combat the increase of white-collar crime in recent years, law enforcement and prosecutors are aggressively pursuing these cases. If you have been charged with this type of offense, it is essential to consult with a reputable Costa Mesa white-collar crime lawyer immediately.

Our legal team has the skills and resources to investigate, analyze, and defend some of the most complex criminal cases. Please contact us today for a free consultation. We are dedicated to providing you with guidance throughout the entire criminal process while advocating aggressively on your behalf to obtain a positive resolution.

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