New Jersey White Collar Crime Defense Lawyers
New Jersey White Collar Crime Defense Lawyers
White collar crime covers a broad category of non-violent crimes committed for financial gain or to gain a personal or business advantage. Business executives and employees, public officials, entrepreneurs and other persons in New Jersey indicted for alleged fraud, embezzlement, kickbacks, illegal purchasing schemes, Internet scams, or other forms of white collar crime could be looking at significant prison time and heavy fines.
If you are targeted by a white collar investigation in New Jersey, you need a strong, skilled legal defense crafted by experienced N.J. white collar crime attorneys. The criminal defense team at Spodek Law Group is made up of former New Jersey prosecutors and public defenders who have worked white collar cases from both sides of the table in courtrooms statewide.
We comprehend that business dealings are complicated and often speculative. Misunderstandings and mistakes happen frequently. From our decades in courtrooms across the state, we developed professional relationships that give us the leverage to negotiate and obtain reduced charges, lighter sentences and other agreements that benefit our clients in white collar crime cases.
As your counsel, Spodek Law Group can take quick and aggressive action targeted at avoiding charges or making sure that charges against you are filed in New Jersey state courts rather than federal courts. Call our offices at the first sign of investigation or questions about your business practices to set up a free, no-obligation meeting with one of our experienced New Jersey white collar crime attorneys.
How Our Attorneys Can Help You Fight White Collar Crime Charges
It is important that you contact Spodek Law Group right away upon the start of white collar crime allegations against you or your business.
Fraud, embezzlement and other types of concealment or violation of trust offenses can be rather complex. The prosecution’s case depends heavily on documents and requires evidence of the defendant’s intent to commit a crime. In numerous cases, prosecutors are open to avoiding a costly and time-consuming investigation.
With prompt engagement of our team of experienced New Jersey white collar crime defense attorneys, it may be possible for an investigation to be satisfied and closed before an indictment is handed down and made public.
Our team is well-prepared to defend you in a broad array of white collar crime cases, including but not limited to:
- Passing bad checks
- Credit card fraud
- Tax evasion / tax fraud
- Contractor fraud
- Identity theft
- Medicare and Medicaid fraud
- Insurance fraud
- Home improvement schemes
- Bank teller embezzlement
- Abuse of trust accounts by accountants, attorneys, and trustees
- Broker misconduct, embezzlement, misrepresentation
- Stock fraud
- Mortgage and reverse mortgage fraud
- Real estate sales fraud
- Bank fraud
- Insider trading
- Counterfeiting, forgery
- Money laundering
- Employee theft and embezzlement
- Internet and computer crimes, including fraud and fraudulent sales
- Blackmail, extortion, bribery
If you have been ordered to turn over computer files or records at your place of employment or business, your supervisor has begun to treat you differently, or you have any other reason to believe you are under suspicion for a white collar crime, you should get an attorney on your team as quickly as possible.
Spodek Law Group can step in to put an end to any misguided prosecution over false or faulty allegations of white collar crime. As former prosecutors, we can readily spot a weak case and proceed to rebut the prosecution’s allegations and evidence if you are already facing indictment.
We Combat Federal White Collar Crime Cases
There are a multitude of so-called white collar crimes among the New Jersey statues and in the Federal Code. If we are contacted soon enough, our first objective for you is to avoid having any charges filed at all. After that, our work is to have any charges against you filed in New Jersey state courts rather than federal courts.
Federal punishment for white collar crime is usually harsher than punishment at the state level. Federal officials also have deeper and broader resources for investigating and prosecuting white collar criminals. A federal white collar crime case is undeniably a more arduous case in most instances.
Local white collar crime investigators might bring in federal authorities in cases that involve a great deal of money, a large number of people and/or activities across state lines, such as into New York State, or across international borders.
RICO Charges in New Jersey
RICO offenses are federal charges pursuant to the Federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act. They are customarily part of a series of indictments alleging multiple individuals have colluded in such crimes as drug trafficking, prostitution, illegal gambling or similar crimes and, as a part of these activities, are also involved in money laundering, obstruction of justice, bribery, extortion, loan sharking, etc.
Filing RICO charges is often a method of accumulating the number of federal charges by alleging the target has operated one or more illegal enterprises.
The FBI’s corporate fraud investigations are primarily focused on:
- Falsifying of financial information
- False accounting practicing or misrepresentations of financial condition
- Fraudulent trades performed to inflate profits or hide losses
- Insider trading (that is, trading based on material, non-public information)
- Kickbacks (that is, payment made to someone who has facilitated a financial transaction or appointment to a position)
- Illicit transactions performed to evade regulatory oversight
- Self-dealing done by corporate insiders
- Misusing corporate property for personal gain
- Individual tax violations that relate to self-dealing
- Fraud in connection with what is an otherwise legitimately operated mutual hedge fund
- Late trading activities
- Illegal market-timing schemes
- Falsifying of net asset values
Any indictment or charge allegation of a white collar offense should be dealt with immediately and fought vigorously. Some prosecutors are looking to make their careers by winning a high-profile white collar crime case. Nevertheless, whether at the state or federal level, prosecutors have to establish guilt beyond a reasonable doubt before they can obtain a conviction in a white collar crime case.
Is Your Company Facing White Collar Crime Allegations in New Jersey?
At times, allegations of fraud or other white collar crimes present a threat to a business in addition to individuals named in indictments. Successful criminal prosecution could open the business entity up to costly civil lawsuits brought by the federal or state government, or by the alleged victims of the original offenses.
If a white collar crime investigation, charge, trial, etc., turns into a public scandal, a business could suffer irreparable harm, even after a favorable conclusion to the case.
Our legal team can initiate internal investigations to determine whether corporate criminal liability is a possibility. We counsel company leaders about such potential issues as waiver of privilege and requests for document production. As we investigate employees, we will advise as to whether certain individuals should be referred to separate counsel, and whether going into joint defense agreements (JDAs) will be beneficial to the company.
Mounting a defense to a white collar crime investigation is time-consuming and costly for any business. A matter that should be resolved quickly can easily grow out of control and cause unnecessary, if not fatal, damage to the company. Fortunately, our experienced legal team understands the expectations of prosecutors, and can manage your case in a manner that mitigates costs and the potential legal damage.
If any wrongdoing has actually occurred, we can negotiate with prosecutors to determine whether a plea agreement to reduce charges and punishment in exchange for cooperation is in your best interests. We will thoroughly advise you of any offers made by prosecutors, as well as the pros and cons of agreeing to plead guilty. The decision always belongs to the client, and we always prepare to battle charges in court.
White collar offenses may be punishable by fines, forfeitures, and payment of restitution to victims, as well as for the cost of prosecution. In cases where the defendant has no previous criminal charges on their record, there could be several diversion programs available for avoiding prison time, including New Jersey’s Conditional Discharge (probation).
Contact Our New Jersey White Collar Crime Attorneys Right Away
Act now to start developing a solid legal defense at the first sign you or your business is under investigation for fraud or any other type of white collar crime. A white collar crime indictment can lead to incarceration and fines, and may unfairly ruin a business you have worked so hard to build. We have the know-how and resources to see your case through to the best possible outcome.
Schedule a free consultation with our highly respected New Jersey white collar criminal attorneys now.