White-collar crimes are taken very seriously by Texas courts, which is why if you are someone who is currently being charged with one, you must continue reading and speak with our experienced Houston criminal defense attorneys who have helped countless individuals fight these charges over the years. Here are some of the questions you may have about white-collar crimes and how we can help you fight them:
What is white-collar crime?
The first thing you should understand is that Texas law does not have a statute that specifically discusses “white-collar crime.” That being said, there are various crimes that fall under this blanket term. Generally, these crimes are non-violent, and they instead involve obtaining money or funds illegally, generally through some sort of fraud. Texas law does have a statute for fraud, which essentially states that fraud occurs when someone knowingly makes a misrepresentation of material fact that is directed towards someone who relies on that misrepresentation, and because of relying on it, they suffer an injury or financial loss as a result.
Another common type of white-collar crime is embezzlement. Embezzlement falls under the state’s general theft statute, though it differs from fraud in that while fraud is based on misrepresentation, embezzlement is based on the betrayal of trust. Generally, those who commit embezzlement are individuals who are entrusted with certain properties, such as those who are in higher-up positions at companies, and they then use that position of power to take, spend, or use the property without the owner’s consent.
What are the different types of white-collar crimes?
As mentioned earlier, there are many different crimes that can fall under the blanket term of white-collar crime. Some of the most frequent white-collar crimes we defend are as follows:
- Credit Card Fraud
- Tax Fraud
- Organized Crime
- Identity Theft
- Insurance Fraud
- Medicaid Fraud
- Money Laundering
- Bad Check
- Mortgage Fraud
- Securities Fraud
If you are charged with any of the aforementioned crimes, you are looking at very serious penalties, including high fines, restitution, and, in many cases, jail time. The bottom line is that if you are charged with a white-collar crime, you need the assistance of a knowledgeable Texas criminal defense attorney who can aggressively combat those charges.
Contact our experienced Houston firm
We understand how challenging various legal matters can be, which is why we have dedicated ourselves to helping clients in Texas through a wide array of legal matters, including personal injury law and criminal defense. If you have sustained a serious injury or are facing criminal charges, contact the Gonzalez Law Group today to learn more about how we can help you through every step of the legal process ahead.