Though white-collar crimes are non-violent, they are crimes nonetheless and are still handled through the criminal justice process. The Federal Sentencing Guidelines were created to make sentencing more uniform throughout the system. Although the courts have determined that the Guidelines are discretionary, as opposed to being mandatory, federal courts still utilize the Guidelines as a baseline in their sentencing calculations.
The Federal Sentencing Guidelines provide guidance for the calculation of potential sentences for criminal offenses, including white-collar crimes. There are 43 offense levels, six criminal history categories, and four sentencing zones that are taken into consideration when deciding the punishment for white-collar crime. The guidelines make it easy to assess the number of months an offender will spend in prison based on the severity of the crime and the extent of the individual’s criminal history. An experienced attorney understands how the Guidelines can be applied to a particular case and can advocate for their clients for lesser sentences.
What is considered a white-collar crime?
Since professionals in business, finance, and government are referred to as white-collar workers, white-collar crimes are often associated with this type of work. White-collar crimes can include forgery, identity theft, credit card theft, mortgage fraud, insurance fraud, employee theft, embezzlement, bad checks, gambling offenses, and Ponzi schemes.
White-collar criminal cases often involve a number of government agencies such as the FBI, IRS, and Homeland Security, so it is essential to retain the services of an attorney who has the skill and knowledge it takes to handle your case.
If you are facing charges for a white-collar crime, it is essential that you retain the services of an experienced attorney who can assess your situation and guide you through each step of the process.
If you or your family member has been charged with a crime, having an experienced criminal defense team available to advocate on your behalf is crucial.
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