If you’re facing Utah white collar crimes charges, you face the possibility of substantial fines, prison time and a variety of other penalties, potentially including probation and community service.
You also face the threat of a permanent criminal record and the many hardships this can cause.
Having a criminal defense attorney will ensure the protection of your legal rights and provide you with an advocate to fight for your future and your reputation.
Utah White Collar Crime Charges
This term typically describes non-violent criminal offenses related to finances, businesses or organizations. Although you can face state charges for financial crimes, you may instead be charged at the federal level.
Charges could include forgery, embezzlement, extortion, money laundering, identify theft or deceptive business practices (i.e., pyramid schemes). Insurance fraud, credit card fraud, bank fraud and check kiting also fall under this category. Computer-related crimes are a rapidly growing category of white collar criminal activity.
Penalties for White Collar Crimes
The penalties you face will depend on the nature of the charges pending or filed against you. However, every category of charges carries the potential of jail or prison time (from six months to life), with potential fines ranging into the tens of thousands of dollars.
You will likely be ordered to pay restitution to the victim, in addition to all fines and fees. The judge may order you to perform community service and submit to supervised probation. You may also be required to seek counseling.
Utah maintains a white collar criminal registry. Upon conviction, you will be required to register your offense. Potential employers, professional licensing agencies and anyone who runs a background check on you will be alerted to your conviction. As a result, you will become ineligible for many types of jobs and professional licensure.
Contact a Utah White Collar Crime Lawyer
Without a criminal defense lawyer to fight for you, you could find yourself in jail even if you did nothing wrong. Prosecutors work hard to convict on charges of this nature, to make an example of people accused of committing a financial crime.
Our legal team will investigate your case and gather evidence to build the strongest possible defense. We have a comprehensive understanding of the complex matters that financial crimes charges typically involve. We also have multiple subject matter experts and forensic investigators at our disposal, to get to the truth on your behalf.
We use the results of our investigation to negotiate with the prosecutor, in an attempt to get your charges dismissed or dropped entirely. If you have not yet been charged, we can often convince the prosecutor not to file charges or to decrease the severity of charges.
If you have been charged – or if you believe you are under investigation for federal or Utah white collar crimes – contact the Law Office of Brad R. Anderson today to schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss your case.