West Palm Beach White Collar Crimes Attorney
Serving Palm Beach County, Broward County, Martin County, Miami-Dade and Beyond
White collar crimes encompass a wide range of criminal offenses involving the use of deceit or theft for personal gain. Despite their nonviolent nature, white collar crime charges can still expose defendants to severe criminal consequences upon conviction, including incarceration, civil forfeiture, and exorbitant fines. For this reason, if you have been accused of any white collar crime, it is imperative that you retain the services of a powerful advocate as soon as possible to protect your professional reputation and future.
At the Law Offices of Greg Rosenfeld, P.A., our West Palm Beach white collar crimes lawyer has extensive legal knowledge and passion. We will do what’s necessary to guard your rights and seek to minimize your chances of conviction. At our firm, we develop custom-tailored legal strategies and are dedicated to preserving your well-being. We have what it takes to level the playing field and help you get through this frightening time.
Why trust our firm? Consider the following:
- Rated 10 Best for Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
- Included in the Florida Rising Stars list from 2016 through 2021
- AV® Preeminent™ Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
- Proven history of case victories
What Are White Collar Crimes?
Usually committed by individuals working in business and government settings, white collar crimes are often financially motivated and can involve various unethical and unlawful acts. Such conduct may include misappropriating funds, abusing access to classified information, collusion, or participating in a large-scale scam.
White collar crimes can be prosecuted on both state and federal levels. They require the tenacity and skill of a trial-tested attorney to be aggressively defended against.
Our firm is equipped to handle cases involving a range of white collar crimes, including:
- Credit card fraud: Generally, this offense involves unlawfully using an altered, forged, lost or stolen debit or credit card or using someone else’s credit card information without his or her consent. When charged as a federal crime, conviction penalties include up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000. When charged in state court in Florida, the penalties depend on the value of the item obtained with the credit card or the number or times the credit card was used. Florida law classifies the offense as either a first-degree misdemeanor (punishments include up to 1 year in jail and/or up to $1,000 in fines) or third-degree felony (penalties include up to 5 years in prison and/or up to $5,000 in fines).
- Grand Theft: Typically, this offense is committed when a person entrusted with business assets uses them for his or her own or another’s gain. At the federal level, the conviction penalties depend on the type of conduct engaged in. On the state level in Florida, the crime is a third-degree felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison and/or up to $5,000 in fines.
- Insider trading: A person may be accused of this offense when he or she uses non-public, material information to influence decisions related to buying and selling stocks or other securities. The “insider” might use the information for his or her own gain or to “tip-off” someone else. The federal penalties include up to 20 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5 million.
- Counterfeiting: This offense occurs when a person fakes, forges, or alters instruments or uses such items knowing that they are not genuine. It is both a state and federal crime, with steep conviction penalties depending on the type of conduct involved.
- Identity theft: This crime involves unlawfully using or transferring another individual’s personal identifying information. The federal conviction penalties include up to 15 years’ imprisonment and/or a fine. Depending on the facts of the case, in Florida state court, the offense is either a first-, second-, or third-degree felony, and in certain cases may entail mandatory prison sentences
- Cyber crimes: This term refers to a broad range of offenses in which an individual or group uses or targets a computer, device, or network. The alleged offender might engage in such conduct to make money or to damage another person’s data. Examples of cyber crimes include ransomware attacks, phishing scams, identity theft scams, and cyberstalking.
- Money laundering: Criminal enterprises might engage in various transactions to conceal the source of ill-gotten gains. Using structuring, layering, and integration, the organization makes the funds appear legitimate and then uses them to further criminal conduct. As a federal offense, it’s penalized by a fine of up to $500,000 or imprisonment for up to 20 years.
- Pyramid schemes: In these scams, earlier members of a “business” recruit newer members who are required to pay fees. These payments are used to make it appear as if the company is generating profits, but they are actually being funneled up to top-level members. Crimes involving pyramid schemes are often charged as deceptive trade practices or fraud.
- Tax evasion: If a person knowingly avoids paying his or her taxes (whether in part or in full), he or she could be charged with this offense. There are several ways the crime can be committed, such as by underreporting income or overstating deductions. Federal penalties include imprisonment for up to 5 years and/or a fine of up to $100,000.
After thoroughly examining the facts of your case, our firm can seek to exploit weaknesses in the prosecution’s arguments and provide the zealous advocacy you need. From negotiating with the prosecution for a reduced charge to fiercely litigating on your behalf at trial, we have what it takes to get results.
Speak With our White Collar Crimes Lawyer Today
At the Law Offices of Greg Rosenfeld, P.A., our white collar crimes lawyer understands that good people can find themselves in difficult situations. If you’re being investigated or have been charged, we can work to keep your matter under control. No matter how serious or complex your situation may appear, we are ready to stand by your side.