White collar crimes are nonviolent, financially motivated crimes. They are given the name “white collar” because they are often committed by business professionals or government officials rather than “blue collar” workers.
The Law Office of Randy Collins assists individuals and corporations suspected or accused of committing white collar crimes. If you or your business are under investigation, facing a grand jury subpoena, or charged with a white collar offense, call The Law Office of Randy Collins at (888) 250-2865 to enlist the services of an experienced white collar defense attorney in Orange County and Riverside.
Representation for all California white collar crimes
- Healthcare Fraud
- Insurance Fraud
- Computer Crimes
- Tax Fraud
- Securities Fraud
- Mortgage Fraud
- Bankruptcy Fraud
- Identity Theft
- Mail Fraud
- Wire Fraud
- Credit Card Fraud
- Bank Fraud
- Check Kiting
- Recording False Documents
- Money Laundering
- Government Benefits Fraud
- Theft of Intellectual Property
Our office represents individuals and businesses charged with financial crimes in Orange County, Riverside, and in all Southern California state and federal courts.
Criminal investigations for white collar crimes
The police usually make a prompt arrest when a victim or witness reports a violent crime. By contrast, law enforcement agencies often spend weeks, months, or years investigating the commission of a white collar crime.
A variety of federal and state law enforcement agencies may be involved in the investigation of white collar crimes, including the FBI, the CBI, the SEC, tax authorities, postal authorities, and local police departments. Investigative techniques include conducting witness interviews, issuing subpoenas for banking and financial records, and compelling testimony before a grand jury.
If you are under investigation for a financial crime, anything you say or do might be used as evidence against you. Innocent people, believing they have nothing to hide, too frequently make the costly mistake of speaking to investigators. Law enforcement agents ask confusing questions that are designed to provoke incriminating statements. Your words may be twisted or misunderstood. You should never agree to be interviewed without having your rights protected by a criminal defense lawyer.
If you receive a subpoena to produce records or to testify before a grand jury, you should seek legal advice immediately. Grounds may exist to resist the subpoena. You may be entitled to exercise your right not to testify or to receive a form of immunity if your testimony is compelled. Randy Collins will make sure that you understand your rights and will advise you how to respond in a way that minimizes your risk if you are the target of a white collar criminal investigation.
Defenses to white collar crimes
Randy Collins can help you fashion a defense that is tailored to the circumstances of your case. Many criminal accusations of fraudulent or deceptive behavior hinge on:
- Whether the accused made the statement that the police believe to be false. Sometimes an alleged victim misunderstands what he or she was told by the accused.
- Whether the statement was actually false. Some statements are predictions, not assertions of actual facts. Other statements are true at the time they are made, even if circumstances change.
- Whether the accused believed the statement to be true at the time it was made. An intent to deceive is often a critical element that the state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt.
- Whether the accused is being falsely accused by someone who wants to cause trouble or obtain revenge.
- Whether the accused was involved in the offense. In some cases, the person who is accused of a white collar crime is an unsuspecting “dupe” who is used as a shield by the real criminals. In other cases, the accused is a victim of mistaken identity. That can happen, for example, when another person uses the accused’s computer to commit a computer crime.
Every defense to a financial crime is fact-specific. A diligent investigation of the evidence is required before deciding upon the best defense. As an experienced white collar crime lawyer, Randy Collins is able to mount a defense that is best suited to the facts of the case.