White Collar Crime

White collar criminal charges can turn your world upside down. Word of an indictment from the Justice Department or the arrival of U.S. Marshals at your place of business can be cataclysmic to your career and your life. You may have no idea where to turn or who to trust. If you are facing any form of investigation that may have white collar crime implications or if you have been formally charged, you need to act quickly to minimize the damage and protect your rights.

Only Speak With Your Attorney

As you may have heard "You have the right to remain silent..." Having these words directed at you personally by a law enforcement officer is another matter. It is very important that you fully understand the words recited in the Miranda Rights. The law enforcement officer reading these rights to you mean every word, especially the words "anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law."

Also keep in mind, the officers are not your friends. Federal agents, whether from the FBI, DEA, ATF, IRS, or even the Office of Comptroller of the Currency, are looking for evidence of a violation of a law. Statements made in the duress of the moment can result in mistakes and factual errors that can come back to haunt your defense. If you are placed under arrest, it is better to remain silent except to assert your right to counsel.

A Former U.S. Attorney Protecting Your Rights

Edwards Law Firm provides unmatched experience for a white collar crime case. Our lawyer is a former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia, and he has four decades of experience working with complex and sophisticated legal matters and clients. White collar crime charges often arise in connection with financial or tax-related matters and our experience working in the federal courts both as prosecutor and as defense counsel is invaluable.

A prosecution in federal district court can be overwhelming and you need experienced counsel to guide your defense. Our attorney is very experienced with the practice and procedure of the federal trial and appellate courts, and we can help you with your defense at any stage in the proceedings.

Federal white collar charges can arise in a vast array of circumstances, including:

  • Tax law violations
  • Embezzlement
  • Mail and wire fraud
  • Bribery
  • Insurance fraud
  • Money laundering
  • Securities fraud
  • Drug charges
  • RICO
  • Cybercrime
  • Telemarketing fraud
  • Theft of trade secrets
  • Public corruption

Federal statutory and regulatory law has a very broad reach. And use of telephones, computers or the U.S. mail could bring mail and wire fraud charges. Medicaid reimbursement errors or mistakes made with tax filings could lead to criminal charges. Transportation of some animals or just feathers may carry other federal charges.

Under Investigation By Any Federal Agency?

It is also important to keep in mind that anytime you speak with federal agents, any misrepresentation, errors or mistakes that you make could be viewed as lying to a federal agent, which is a separate crime under 18 U.S.C. § 1001. This is why you should have your own attorney present when speaking with federal agents, if you believe a criminal investigation is possible.

Contact Our Firm

White collar criminal charges are always serious and demand immediate action. Contact our attorney in Roanoke today for help with your estate planning, commercial litigation, personal injury, criminal or appellate matter. Call our office at 540-985-8625 or use our convenient online contact form.