White Collar Crime

White collar crime is the term applied to criminal and civil wrongdoing in financial contexts. It is non-violent crime and is motivated by a desire for illegal monetary gains. White collar crime can be prosecuted under both federal and state statutes although federal prosecution predominates.

White collar criminal practice differs greatly from standard criminal practice. For instance, in most criminal cases there will be issues of identification and questions about what actions actually occurred. In the typical white collar case neither of these issues usually exists. In a white collar case often there is no dispute about what occurred and who was involved. Very often the issue is the intent of the person under investigation or charged.

The government must prove intent for a conviction. Intent is most often proved through circumstances and inference. Someone accused of a white collar crime must have defense counsel experienced in this unique area of law.