White collar crimes are theft and property crimes typically associated with criminal acts involving various forms of fraud, such as healthcare fraud, insurance fraud, mail fraud, and credit card fraud. In addition to fraud-related offenses, white collar crimes also include forgery, identity theft, grand theft, embezzlement, counterfeiting, money laundering, and bribery.
The term “white collar crime” dates back to 1939, when sociologist Edwin Sutherland defined this type of crime as being “committed by a person of respectability and high social status in the course of his occupation." These types of crimes are more financial than physical in nature, but the negative effects of being charged with such a crime can be just as devastating and long-lasting.
If you have reason to believe you may be under investigation for a white collar crime or you have been recently arrested for a white collar crime in Los Angeles County, call our criminal defense lawyers today for a free consultation at (866) 430-8383.
Defending white collar criminal charges is a complex area of criminal defense law that requires experienced and qualified legal representation to the ensure a successful outcome. LA criminal defense attorneys, Paul Takakjian and Steve Sitkoff, have a combined 70 years of criminal law experience and both have successfully handled complex white collar crime cases both as prosecutors and, since 1987, criminal defense lawyers.
We can represent you against the following types of white collar crime charges:
- Fraud (California Penal Code section 484)
- Forgery (California Penal Code 470 PC): Forgery includes not just signatures, but also seals and corruption of records.
- Grand Theft (California Penal Code 487 PC)
- Embezzlement (California Penal Code Section 503 PC)
Our white collar crime lawyers in Los Angeles are familiar with all the finer points of criminal law, including all the areas considered to be white collar crimes. Working with you, we will develop a defense strategy that gives you a stronger chance at the best possible outcome.
White collar crimes are prosecuted at both the state and federal level and depending on the sophistication of the offense, a concurrent state and federal investigation could be conducted. Therefore, you should avoid making any statements to federal investigators or police detectives if you are contacted in connection with a criminal investigation.
Whether you are factually innocent or not, it would be unwise to offer any cooperation with investigators without involving an experienced white collar crime defense attorney. This is a very crucial period of time in your white collar crime defense: The prefile investigative period of your case represents your defense attorney’s best opportunity to negotiate and secure an out of court resolution to protect you from an indictment or criminal complaint.
Free Consultation With An Experienced Los Angeles Criminal Attorney
The lawyers at Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP have extensive experience in white collar crime defense and have successfully defended complex theft crimes since 1987. We excel at preparing for and defending clients in jury trials, but will always try to help you resolve your case out of court whenever possible. But to have the best chance of getting the outcome you want, it is important that you have a competent white collar crime attorney by your side throughout the process. So don’t delay – contact our law office as soon as you suspect you maybe be targeted by federal or local law enforcement.
Having a white collar crime on your record is something that can haunt you and negatively affect your career for years or decades to come. That’s why it is so important to work with a white collar defense lawyer right from the start in order to minimize the damage to your professional and personal life.
Call us at (866) 430-8383 to schedule your free consultation with our white collar crime lawyers in Los Angeles by phone or in-person at our office in West Los Angeles, or at one of our satellite office locations in Torrance, Long Beach, Pasadena, West Covina, Santa Clarita, and Encino.