The stakes are high for those who have been charged with a white collar crime such as embezzlement, fraud, or tax evasion. These financial crimes put your name, reputation, and your very freedom on the line and the odds are stacked against you for a successful outcome of your case if there is ample evidence of financial crimes compiled by state and/or federal agencies. However, at The Sills Law Firm, our goal is to assemble a solid defense by listening to your side of the story and learning about the unique circumstances of your case.
Should you be indicted and go to trial, our defense lawyers at The Sills Law Firm will prepare for white collar criminal cases through exhaustive fact-finding, the pursuit of all possible defenses, and use of expert interviews to bolster your defense strategy.
Even if a plea deal is the most worthwhile option for you, our attorneys have extensive experience in negotiating highly favorable terms through our knowledge of the U.S. Federal Sentencing Guidelines, as well as other factors affecting sentencing.
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Some defenses to common white collar criminal charges include:
- Entrapment: This is one of the most common defense tactics against white collar crime charges. Your criminal defense lawyer utilizes this affirmative defense to show the defendant was coerced into committing a crime through improper conduct of law enforcement, usually in a sting operation.
- Lack of intent: If the prosecution cannot prove that you had criminal intent, you may be able to use this as a defense against allegations of white collar crimes. For example, if you made a mistake when filing your taxes but had no intent to reap a profit, you could use this as your defense strategy.
- Non-fraudulent statements: If the charges are for some form of fraud but the evidence cannot prove that you intended to perpetrate fraud, this can be your defense strategy.
- Incapacity: This defense is used for defendants who lack the physical or mental capacity to understand the nature of their alleged criminal acts.
- Intoxication: If the defendant was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of their alleged crime, this could show that they were not in full control of their actions. Although this is not usually the entire defense, it can help in bargaining for a lesser sentence upon conviction.
- Plea agreements: If the evidence against you is overwhelming, we will attempt to negotiate the most favorable plea agreement on your behalf. A plea agreement involves the defendant pleading guilty, usually to reduced charges, to avoid a trial.
White collar criminal charges are serious, and if you’ve been charged, you should seek immediate legal representation from a skilled criminal defense attorney with knowledge of both state and federal law.
If you’ve been charged with a white collar crime, you should immediately secure legal representation from our criminal defense attorneys in Connecticut. Contact us today at (860) 524-8118 to learn more about how we can help you.