What qualifies as a white collar crime?

Any time an individual is charged with a crime in New Jersey, they may be facing serious consequences that can have life-altering impacts. When individuals are facing charges that fall into the category of being a “white collar crime,” it is important that they know what they are up against. White-collar crimes, when prosecuted by the federal government rather than state authorities,  are subject to sentencing guidelines ensure a judge sentences all such offenses and offenders consistently—and many would argue, harshly. These guidelines consider the individual’s current charges as well as any history of criminality.

The term “white collar crimes” is a blanket term that was once used for unlawful actions committed by high profile individuals. For years, these were considered victimless crimes but are taken very seriously now. Crimes that fall into this category include:

  • Forgery
  • Bad checks
  • Credit card fraud
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Gambling offenses
  • Ponzi schemes
  • Employee theft
  • Embezzlement
  • Identity theft

In order to prove that one of these crimes occurred, there must be evidence of illicit gain and of criminal intent. Anyone who has been charged with such a crime requires strong legal representation, attorneys who can effectively vigorously defend on their behalf. These crimes often involve the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Internal Revenue Service among other government agencies. If you have been charged with a white collar crime, contact Rem Katcher Law Group, P.C. for veteran legal representation when it matters most.