New Jersey White Collar Crimes Lawyers
Seasoned Defense Lawyers Represent Clients Accused of Federal White Collar Crimes in Essex County, Union County, Morris County, Middlesex County, Bergen County and Somerset County, NJ
White collar criminal offenses can include any number of crimes that are financially motivated and are generally carried out in a non-violent manner. Despite the non-violent nature of white collar crimes, conviction for a white collar crime can carry prison time and monetary fines equivalent to those that apply to violent offenders. Further, punishment for white collar offenses generally includes a requirement that the defendant pay restitution in order to make the victims financially whole again—often resulting in financial ruin for the defendant.
At Zegas Law, our experienced white collar defense lawyers have the skills necessary to effectively represent you throughout every phase of the federal criminal process. We have a nuanced understanding of the federal criminal justice system and have extensive experience handling even the most high profile of white collar criminal cases in North Jersey. Whether you are facing charges involving securities fraud, healthcare fraud or even tax evasion, our dedicated team of white collar defense lawyers is here to provide strong counsel every step of the way. Schedule a confidential consultation to discuss how we can help in your case today.
Common Types of Federal White Collar Crimes Alleged in North Jersey Cases
We have successfully helped clients defend allegations of white collar crimes at the federal level for years, and are well-versed in handling cases alleging:
- Securities fraud. Securities fraud cases are often investigated by the SEC, FINRA, or the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD), and can include claims of insider trading (using confidential information to profit from securities transactions), stock fraud, investment fraud, market manipulation and accounting fraud, as well as a broad range of illegal activities involving securities.
- Embezzlement. Embezzlement is a type of theft crime, but usually involves situations where the defendant was given access to funds—such as corporate funds or an employee benefit plan—and funnels some of the money aside for personal use.
- Bank fraud. Allegations of bank fraud generally present evidence that the defendant fraudulently obtained a loan that he or she never intended to repay, or obtained those funds by fraudulent means.
- Mail and wire fraud. Mail and wire fraud charges typically apply when the defendant is accused of using the mail system or electronic communications devices to obtain funds or some type of benefit fraudulently.
- Healthcare fraud. Healthcare fraud is the crime alleged when a fraud is perpetrated on an insurance company, and often includes charges of overbilling, such as when the defendant charges for services that were more expensive or extensive than those actually received by the patient.
- Medicare or Medicaid fraud. Similar to healthcare fraud, Medicare or Medicaid fraud involves defrauding those federal health providers, whether by billing the entity for health services that were never provided or by double billing for the same services.
- Insurance fraud. Providing false or misleading information to an insurance company, whether to obtain the insurance coverage or obtain a benefit under the policy, can result in serious federal charges if convicted.
- Money laundering. Money laundering allegations include charges that the defendant took funds that were obtained through criminal activity and “cleaned” those funds through the use of fraudulent business practices or other financial transactions.
- Tax fraud or tax evasion. The IRS takes tax fraud and evasion cases seriously and these cases can involve allegations that the defendant understated income, failed to file a return, made false statements on a return or even committed fraud involving payroll or sales taxes.
Skilled Criminal Defense Lawyers Have the Resources to Effectively Defend Clients Accused of White Collar Crimes in Union County, NJ
Cases involving federal white collar crimes are substantially more complicated than those prosecuted at the state level because of the vast resources that the federal government has available to investigate and prosecute these offenses. When you are under investigation for committing a federal white collar crime, the FBI, IRS, DEA, SEC and other federal agencies may be charged with investigating, depending upon the facts of your case and the specific crime alleged. Our lawyers have the skill and tenacity necessary to carefully analyze the evidence to build a compelling and comprehensive defense strategy regardless of the charges involved in your case.
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When faced with federal white collar criminal accusations in North Jersey, you need a strong and knowledgeable legal advocate on your side even during the investigatory phases of the criminal process. Our experienced white collar criminal defense lawyers are here to make sure that your legal rights are protected every step of the way, so call or contact our office to schedule a confidential consultation today.
Frequently Asked Questions About White Collar Crimes
FAQ: When should I contact a lawyer if I suspect I am under investigation for committing a white collar crime?
Immediately. Even if you have not yet been arrested or even served with a subpoena to appear before a grand jury, you should contact an experienced white collar criminal defense lawyer to begin work on your case. Our lawyers can begin to compile evidence on your behalf before any charges have been levied against you, which can help us secure your release from jail much more quickly if you eventually are arrested. Further, it is important to have a lawyer on your side even during the questioning phases of a white collar case so that your legal rights are protected from beginning to end.
FAQ: What is the difference between New Jersey and federal white collar crimes?
In some cases, a crime will be defined as such under both state and federal law. Generally, federal charges may apply in cases that involve more far-reaching schemes, involve multiple states or involve large amounts of money. For example, securities fraud cases are often prosecuted at the federal level because they involve a fraud perpetrated on investors in many states. Importantly, federal and state criminal procedures are different, meaning that it is important to retain a lawyer who understands the federal system if federal charges are levied.