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Federal criminal charges are some of the most serious charges a person can face, so it’s important to have a skilled criminal defense attorney working on your behalf. With a reputation for providing a vigorous defense and working toward the best possible results, Shevin Law Group has served individuals throughout the country since 1993.  We focus on doing everything we can to protect our clients.  We take a personal interest in your case and want nothing more than the best possible outcome for you, your life, your family, and your future.

What Crimes are Classified as Federal Matters?

The federal government has the ability to prosecute any case that falls under a federal criminal statute. These include violent crimes, drug crimes, sex crimes, interstate crimes, international crimes, conspiracy crimes, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) violations, and many others.  Scholars studying the U.S. federal criminal code have often commented that the code can be used to prosecute almost anybody for anything.  If you find yourself facing one of these serious matters, you need the best possible representation at the earliest stage of the problem. Our attorneys are here to help.

White Collar Crime

The term “white collar crime,” first used in the 1930s, originally referred to a crime committed by an individual of a respectable social status. Today, the term more loosely applies to a type of nonviolent crime typically committed in commercial situations for the purposes of financial gain. Several types of crimes can fall under the category of white collar, including:

  • Fraud. Fraud means deceiving another person with the intent to cause damage, often financial in nature. There are many types of fraud, such as computer crimes, credit card fraud, telemarketing fraud and health-care fraud.
  • Tax crimes. This type of white-collar crime happens when a person or entity fails to file a tax return or files a false tax return. Tax evasion is also considered a tax crime.  
  • Embezzlement. Embezzlement is theft of personal property by someone to whom it was entrusted. Most often, embezzlement involves taking money, either small amounts over a long period of time or a large amount at one time, and fleeing.
  • Money laundering. This happens when money is obtained illegally, and then passes through a complex series of transactions to obscure the source before the money is returned to the launderer in an indirect way. This is commonly done using other types of businesses as a way to transfer the money.

Approaching White Collar Criminal Cases

Punishment for white collar crimes can be severe. Some activities are prohibited by specific laws while others are prohibited by a series of laws more generally addressing dishonest behavior.  In some cases, even if prosecutors are able to prove that all elements of the crime were committed, the defendants may not be punished because they have a solid defense strategy.

One defense strategy is entrapment. Another, used by bigger businesses, is to claim that one individual committed the crime without the knowledge or authority of the company. Under California law, if a corporation or company manager becomes aware of a seriously concealed danger within the company, that person is required to immediately report the danger. Failing to do so may result in criminal consequences for the manager and the company

Meet with a skilled criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles County

To set up your free initial consultation, call Shevin Law Group today at 818.784.2700 or contact us online. Our office is conveniently accessible from all major freeways in Los Angeles, and we have flexible hours to meet your needs.