Being accused of a white-collar crime is difficult for anyone, whether they are innocent or guilty. Just the accusation can result in serious consequences for the involved party. Keep reading to find out about the six main types of white-collar crimes. If you are charged with these or other criminal offenses in the state of California, contact Chambers Law Firm at 855-397-0210 for a free legal consultation.
- Internet Crimes
In some industries, it seems that “greasing the wheels” is expected as part of doing business. Whether it’s expected or not, it is not legal. In fact, it is a crime to offer, receive, give, or solicit any item of value in exchange for the influence of a public employee or public official. This is meant to prevent major contributions but technically even giving someone an innocent gift such as a gift card to their favorite restaurant could be seen as a bribe.
If you have been entrusted with handling money or property for the benefit of a company or group, and you use that money or property to either benefit yourself or to deprive the rightful owner of it, then you may be guilty of embezzlement.
You may know extortion better by its alternative name: Blackmail. It is a crime that involves forcing or threatening a public official to give you money, or something else with value, in exchange for them acting in your interests.
Copying the signature of another person on a financial property document and trying to pass it off as real can be charged as forgery. Note that you can sign a financial or property document in someone else’s name – as long as you do attempt to make it seem as though you are them validly signing said document.
There are many types of fraud that can be considered white-collar crimes. For example, insurance fraud, mail fraud, billing fraud, and other types of fraud.
The Internet has become a popular place for white-collar crimes to be committed. This can cover everything from internet fraud to online piracy, from trade secret theft to illegally accessing computers and networks.
We Can Help You Find the Best Defense Option for White Collar Crimes
If you have been charged with a white collar crime, we strongly recommend that you contact Chambers Law Firm at 855-397-0210 for a free legal consultation. We have many years of experience handling these and other similar cases. We stand ready to find the best possible way for you to move forward with your case.