White collar crime is loosely defined as those non-violent crimes, such as embezzlement, employee or identify theft, that occur in the a business setting. White collar crimes that are prosecuted in a state court can often involve complex business relationships and require meticulous attention to detail by defense counsel. Even if you only suspect that you are being investigated for a white collar offense, you should immediately seek the advice of a criminal law attorney.
Oftentimes, persons accused of white collar offenses have no criminal history and are law-abiding citizens. Persons accused of white collar crime often face losing their reputation, home or even family if they suffer a criminal conviction. Tragically large employers will occasionally bully prosecutors into bringing criminal charges because of a failed business relationship or a misunderstanding about business expenses. Innocent misunderstandings can be turned into serious accusations.
Most "white collar" crimes are charged as felonies and thus treated seriously by the District Attorney. (See the section in this site on Felonies.) In those cases where the D.A. charges that a substantial loss was suffered, a state prison sentence is often sought at the beginning of the case. It is critical, therefore, that persons accused of white collar offenses promptly locate an experienced criminal law attorney. An experienced criminal attorney will investigate the case before witnesses' memories fade and evidence is lost or destroyed. Only an aggressive and experienced attorney will be able to stand up to both the accusing employer and the government prosecutors. An experienced criminal law specialist can ferret out the factual weaknesses and inconsistencies in the case as well as engage in tough negotiations when necessary.
Long Beach criminal law attorney Matthew Kaestner has been trying criminal cases to juries since 1984. He has experience working for two prosecutor's offices in the 1980s and has practiced criminal defense exclusively since 1989. Just in the last two years, Mr. Kaestner has obtained outright dismissals in white collar cases in Long Beach involving employee embezzlement and identity theft. During this time Mr. Kaestner has also negotiated probationary "no jail time" settlements on employee thefts involving losses in the tens of thousands of dollars.
Whether you are guilty of bad judgement or wrongfully accused of a white collar crime, always invoke the right to remain silent and refuse to be interviewed by anyone until you can confer with an experienced criminal law lawyer. Long Beach Criminal Law Specialist Matthew G. Kaestner is always available to answer your questions about white collar crimes and your rights. Call him directly at (562) 437-0200.