NYC White Collar Crime Lawyer
White collar criminal matters are very different from other federal cases for a variety of reasons. The first is that the method of collecting the evidence often cannot be kept quiet, so the person who is being investigated learns that he is being targeted in advance of charges being filed. Frequently, there may be months between learning about the investigation and facing actual charges. Retaining experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorneys like Greco Neyland, PC as soon as a person has learned about the white collar investigation is the best way to counteract the efforts of an overzealous prosecutor.
A second distinct feature about many federal white collar cases is that the accused often does not have any prior criminal history. While this is good, it is also bad in that the inexperience of the situation at hand can cause someone going through it without a criminal defense attorney by their side to commit a grave error in their case, mistakenly thinking it is going to help them down the road. Many times, prosecutors will take advantage of this and will try to convince the person under investigation or being charged that discussing what he did is the most effective way of getting through the process quickly, but this is completely false.
Having a skilled and tenacious criminal defense attorney will ensure that there are no unnecessary waivers of constitutional rights. It also provides the criminal defense attorneys with the opportunity to view the investigative tactics of the various law enforcement personnel in order to react to actual or potential violations of a person’s rights.
Some Common White Collar Crimes
There are many different crimes that fall within the designation of “white collar.” These crimes have the underlying goal of financial gain and rely on fraud and/or deception to produce the desired outcome. Many times, the person being charged with this type of crime is a professional who works in business or finance. Often, the individual is well-respected and the criminal activities are viewed as unexpected. These crimes do not involve drugs or violence and may include:
- Bank fraud;
- Credit card fraud;
- Health care fraud, including Medicare/Medicaid fraud (durable medical equipment fraud) and prescription fraud;
- Insurance fraud;
- Insider trading;
- Mail fraud;
- Making false statements to federal officials;
- Money laundering;
- Securities fraud; and
- Tax fraud.
Although these are financial crimes, the penalties may be as punitive, or even more severe, than crimes involving violence or controlled substances, including lengthy prison terms. Once a sentence has been imposed, the defendant may expect to serve 85 to 90 percent of the prison term, so it is critical to fight as hard as possible before conviction has occurred.
Potential Defense Strategies
It is important to have a criminal defense attorney who understands how the Assistant United States Attorney is going to put the case together in order to effectively challenge the evidence and witness testimony. The two founding members of Greco Neyland, PC have worked as prosecutors, gathering the knowledge that enables them to be highly-effective defense attorneys.
During a federal white collar case, the prosecutor typically will use thousands of documents to build the case, along with extensive witness testimony. The nature of the charged offense is complex and the prosecutor has the burden to make his case, so there are some advantages with these elaborate legal theories that often form basis for white collar charges. Due to these many tiers and precariously constructed evidentiary foundations, a defense attorney has room to find and exploit the weaknesses in the case, if they know what they are doing.
Greco Neyland, PC Vigorously Defends against White Collar Charges
A person who learns that the federal prosecutor is investigating him for possible white collar crimes should retain the right attorneys as soon as possible. The skilled and passionate New York Criminal Defense Attorneys at Greco Neyland, PC understand how the prosecutor will attempt to build the case and we will work with you to craft an effective defense.
We know when to turn to experts, such as forensic accountants, in order to bolster the defense. We also are committed to going to trial and will not allow the federal prosecutor to bully our client into accepting a plea deal that does not work for them. We have an office in Manhattan, so we are close to the federal courthouse here and can get to our clients quickly.
We never want our clients to feel vulnerable and alone. To schedule a free initial consultation in order to discuss your situation, call us at (212) 951-1300 and an attorney with Greco Neyland will call you immediately so we can get started on your case.