Effective Legal Strategies for Defendants in Denver, CO
White collar crimes are nonviolent offenses typically committed for the purpose of financial gain. They are generally characterized by elements of deceit, concealment, and/or the violation of trust. Although white collar crimes are nonviolent in nature, they can lead to severe legal penalties upon conviction. If you’ve been arrested or you think you might be under investigation, it’s important to contact the white collar crime lawyer at Mastro, Barnes & Stazzone in Denver, Colorado. The sooner you connect with us for your free legal consultation, the sooner we can begin protecting your rights and developing aggressive legal defense strategies on your behalf.
Common Types of White Collar Crimes
There are many types of white collar crimes punishable under state or federal law. At Mastro, Barnes & Stazzone, we have defended our clients from a diverse range of charges, including the following:
- Bank Fraud – This involves allegations of theft from a financial institution. Bank fraud includes check and credit card fraud, as well as fraudulent loans.
- Healthcare Fraud – Individuals or healthcare organizations may be accused of healthcare fraud, such as by allegedly billing for a non-covered service, modifying medical records, and falsifying diagnoses.
- Mail Fraud – This covers any attempt to acquire financial gain by sending any articles through the mail.
- Embezzlement – Embezzlement occurs when a person has been legally entrusted with funds or property, and then allegedly steals from those funds or property.
These are just a few examples. Other common types of white collar crimes include forgery, tax fraud, money laundering, and mortgage fraud.
What Are the Legal Penalties for White Collar Crimes?
Our white collar crime lawyer can sometimes arrange for charges to be dropped outright if evidence is lacking, or to have severe charges reduced to less serious charges. If a person is convicted of white collar crimes, however, the legal penalties depend on the specific charges and the circumstances (e.g. the value of the stolen property). White collar crimes may be prosecuted as petty offenses, misdemeanors, or felonies.
Less serious white collar crimes, such as check kiting, are prosecuted as misdemeanors. These are generally punishable by fines or as much as 18 months in jail. More serious crimes, such as money laundering, are felonies. In Colorado, a person convicted of a felony fraud charge may face up to 24 years in prison and stiff fines.
Our Effective Defense Strategies in Denver
These types of crimes are particularly complex, which is one reason why it’s crucial to hire an experienced white collar crime lawyer. The legal team at Mastro, Barnes & Stazzone conducts thorough investigations for our clients in order to develop solid legal defense strategies. Some possible defenses to white collar crime charges include the following:
- Mistaken identity (e.g. your computer was hacked or your identity stolen)
- Entrapment (the police enticed you into committing the act of wrongdoing)
- Lack of fraudulent intent
- Improper police investigative techniques which are inadmissible in court
- Insufficient evidence
Consult Our White Collar Crime Lawyer in Colorado
From our law office in Denver, the firm of Mastro, Barnes & Stazzone, P.C. provides aggressive legal defense for individuals in Aurora, Greenwood Village, Centennial, and the surrounding areas. With our considerable investigative resources, we’re often able to identify weaknesses and holes in the prosecutor’s evidence, allowing us to produce favorable outcomes for our clients. If you’ve been accused of a white collar crime or you suspect you might be under investigation, contact our white collar crime lawyer promptly to request a free consultation.