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State and Federal White Collar Crimes


Michael Pellegrini and Cherie Beasley

Bay Area Criminal Lawyers, PC specializes in state and federal white collar crimes. White collar crimes are typically non-violent crimes committed by business or government professionals for the express purpose of financial gain.

In state cases, typical white collar offenses would include cases such as identity theft, fraud or embezzlement. Federal white-collar offenses would include tax-related offenses, violations of the Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO), Continuing Criminal Enterprise (CCE), mail or wire fraud, money laundering, and federal securities offenses. BACL regularly defends against these types of charges.

White collar crimes typically present issues that do not necessarily come up in cases involving other types of offenses, which is why BACL attorneys attend yearly professional conferences on the latest white-collar crime issues and defense techniques and strategies. For example, white collar crimes typically involve substantial review of electronic and hard-copy financial records. BACL not only employs attorneys well-versed in this particular type of document and records review, but we also work with some of the best consultants and expert witnesses in the country, people who understand complex computer systems, data-storage programs, and types of computer software.

There appears to be a trend developing with regard to white collar crime. Prosecutors and courts are pursuing white collar cases more aggressively. An example of this is detailed in the New York Times relating to recently passed legislation in Utah, which requires people convicted of white collar offenses to have to register as white collar offenders, similar to the way that people convicted of sex offenses have to register as sex offenders.

If you are being investigated or charged with a white-collar crime, it is critical that your attorney work quickly to become familiar with your case and all of the evidence. This will facilitate better negotiations with the prosecutor and better arguments to the court when it comes to issues such as bail or early case resolution. At BACL, we understand that your white-collar case jeopardizes your career, assets, and potentially every other aspect of your life, which is why we strive to not only protect your freedom, but also your financial well-being.


The information on this website is for informational purposes only and is not intended, nor should it be taken, as legal advice. The information may or may not apply to your case or situation. Please do not rely on any information on this website as legal advice from an attorney because it is not legal advice. Please contact us if you have any questions, and we will be happy to have one of our lawyers talk to you. Any preliminary consultation between you and a lawyer from our firm is covered by the attorney-client privilege.



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