Tampa Federal Defense White Collar Crime

White collar crimes also referred to as corporate crimes, are crimes that are nonviolent in nature and usually motivated by financial gain of some kind. They tend to be committed either intentionally or accidentally by all type of people including civilians, business professionals, or government workers. Both federal and Florida charges should be taken seriously and can carry some pretty severe consequences. In Tampa and elsewhere in Hillsborough County, white collar crimes often tend to be prosecuted in federal court as either felony or misdemeanor crimes. These types of federal charges can result in prison time, restitution and substantial loss of monetary funds.

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If you have been charged with or think that you may be accused of a related federal crime, hiring an experienced white collar crime defense lawyer is imperative. Our attorneys are available to take on your case, no matter how complex. With years of experience handling a wide variety of both federal and state level white collar criminal cases, Joffe Law, P.A. is ready to help you defend your legal rights and protect your standard of living now. The experienced professionals at Joffe Law, P.A. have defended clients against a multitude of common federal white collar allegations, including:

  • Embezzlement

    Embezzlement can be committed either by an individual or on a wider scale at corporate levels. While embezzlement charges are similar to those associated with direct theft, the surrounding circumstances of embezzlement cases are usually vastly more complex than those surrounding cases of simple theft. In many cases, embezzlement involves the acquisition of funds that were initially entrusted to a company, corporation, or individual. The consequences and charges accrued will usually depend heavily on the amount of embezzled money in question. The circumstances surrounding the misappropriation of funds are usually related to employee cash theft, merchandise theft, or investment fund removal. In some situations, federal and state embezzlement laws may overlap causing sentences to become even more severe. The penalties associated with embezzlement charges can vary greatly. Penalties may include significant fines or lengthy prison sentences.

  • Forgery

    Forgery often refers to either document forgery or the forgery of checks. Forgery charges at a federal level often are paired with other charges such as counterfeiting or theft. Forgery convictions carry steep penalties and often will be prosecuted at both state and federal levels though circumstances will vary from case to case. You may be charged with forgery for a few reasons. Altering a document that didn’t belong to you without the express permission of the owner, the creation, transfer, or authentication of documents that have been intentionally changed to look as if they belonged to someone else, uttering (offering for use) a document that you know is a forged item, and creating and or transferring writing that resembles a copy of an original when no original exists, are all examples of forgery. Other common instances of forgery include signing a check with someone else’s signature, falsifying academic records, counterfeiting currency, using a fake ID, or using false documents to apply for a loan or credit line. While not all of these examples will be prosecuted as federal forgery, many may result in prosecution of this kind. Forgery can carry very serious penalties, though proper legal representation may help you reduce the severity of the alleged charges and potential subsequent sentencing. Victim compensation, restitution, and heavy fines are also commonly added to the penalties that come with forgery convictions.

  • Tax Evasion

    In the United States, tax evasion otherwise known as tax fraud, involves the intentional avoidance or illegal evasion of the payment of federally mandated taxes by a taxpayer or multiple taxpayers. Tax evasion and tax avoidance are separate terms that carry different penalties. Tax evasion is the illegal form of tax avoidance. Tax avoidance is the process of avoiding certain taxes legally while tax evasion involves illegal withholding of money for the taxpayer’s financial gain. Tax code Sec. 7201 states that any singular person who willfully evades taxes will be subject to serious penalties. Corporate tax evasion lends to even more severe penalties. Tax law can be complex and requires in-depth knowledge of multiple tax codes and federal prosecution processes.

  • RICO / Racketeering

    The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act was created to help prevent and reduce organized crime in this country. It aims to reduce ongoing criminal activity and other types of organized crime. If you have been accused of racketeering, there’s a good chance that you are also facing other alleged charges as well. Any act that involves murder or the threat of murder, arson, or dealing in substances that are controlled may be counted toward you in a racketeering case. Other activities that can contribute to a racketeering charge include extortion, gambling, dealing in any federally controlled chemical matter, or bribery. Federal racketeering charges will usually be accompanied by prison time that can vary in length. Racketeering charges come when someone is accused of two or more instances of criminal activity of this kind. This kind of charge is also commonly associated with any kind of gang or criminal group activity. Examples of these kinds of groups include the mafia, Operation Rescue, anti-abortion groups, organized political protest groups, biker gangs, and more.

  • Money laundering

    Money laundering is a federal crime that involves the concealment and transfer of funds illegally. Those who launder money have intentionally made efforts to conceal its origins from the IRS or other federal government agencies for financial gain or to avoid receiving criminal charges. Large sums of illegally obtained money, for example, can potentially draw negative unwanted attention when it has been placed in a bank account or invested in some other type of financial institution. Typical money laundering charges involve foreign bank transfers that are illegal or not reported legally. Other kinds of money laundering use legitimate businesses as a front for some kind of illegal trade. Money laundering is a serious federal offense that can carry a slew of steep penalties. Charges of money laundering are almost always accompanied by charges of tax evasion.

  • Insider trading

    Insider trading involves trading practices that are constructed around access to confidential information. Insider trading on the stock exchange is the most common form of insider trading. The penalties imposed or associated with insider trading charges will vary depending on the amount of money that has been exchanged and the legitimacy of the confidential information source. Cases of insider trading can be complex and if you have been accused of insider trading, early legal representation can be the difference between receiving or avoiding criminal charges or prosecution.

Contacting defense counsel right away is critical

If you have been accused of or think you may be accused of a federal white-collar crime in Tampa or elsewhere in Hillsborough County, Florida, time is likely of the essence. Joffe Law, P.A.’s defense lawyers are here to help you figure out what your next move should be. Experienced Tampa white collar crime defense attorneys can help you create mitigation and defense strategies that work. Seeking legal aid as early as possible can help ensure better outcomes for all accused parties. If you need legal representation from a top Hillsborough County federal defense lawyer, don’t wait. Joffe Law, P.A. offers the kind of highly skilled and experienced legal representation that fits your complex case.