If you live and work in New Jersey, you no doubt understand how your reputation may affect the quality of your personal life or professional career. When something negative is said about you, whether or not it is true, it can have immediate and far-reaching adverse implications. If allegations against you include white collar crimes, things may get a lot worse before they get better, especially if you have no idea how to defend yourself in court.
The term “white collar crime” refers to numerous illegal activities that typically involve financial matters, personal identification issues or computers. The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides for the right of anyone to remain silent to avoid saying anything that could (and probably would) be used to incriminate them in court, should formal charges be filed and the case proceeds to trial. Everyone who is charged with white collar crimes or any other type of crime is guaranteed an opportunity to contest the charges in court.
Deception or fraud committed for monetary gain
The category of white collar crimes includes things like espionage, tax evasion, identity theft and money laundering. If law enforcement authorities suspect you of forgery, embezzlement, insider trading, computer hacking or counterfeiting, these are also issues that would fall under the white collar crime category. Penalties under conviction for such crimes are often severe, including being sentenced to prison or incurring substantial fines.
Investigations pertaining to white collar crimes often involve search and seizure. Your right to privacy is protected under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. If you believe your rights have been violated, you may have grounds to request a case dismissal or that the court certain evidence at trial. This is one of many reasons it is helpful to rely on experienced legal support.
Exploring criminal defense options to help mitigate your circumstances
By requesting a meeting at the Law Office of Blair R. Zwillman, you can take the first steps toward preparing a strong defense regarding accusations of white collar crimes in New Jersey. Seeking legal guidance before entering a plea or appearing in court may increase the chances of obtaining a positive outcome. An attorney can also act as your personal advocate at all stages of a criminal proceeding.