Charges involving allegations of fraud are among the most serious types of criminal offenses. Most fraud cases constitute white-collar crime, which includes the full range of fraud and financial crimes committed by individuals working in business, government, and professions.
White-collar charges have specific characteristics. They involve allegations of fraud, concealment, deceit, or a violation of trust. They often do not involve threats of violence or physical force but do involve charges relating to financial conduct.
Both federal and Nevada state authorities prosecute fraud and white-collar crime. Federal and state agencies frequently cooperate on fraud investigations. A charge can rely evidence compiled by numerous regulatory and law enforcement agencies.
Penalties for white-collar fraud charges usually are substantial. In addition to significant potential prison time, the court can impose harsh financial penalties — including asset forfeiture.
If you are facing any type of fraud or white-collar charge, it is essential to have a skillful, knowledgeable criminal defense attorney aggressively defend you. At The Gersten Law Firm, we draw on our unique background and extensive criminal defense experience in vigorously representing our clients in federal and state court.
Las Vegas criminal defense attorney Joseph Gersten is unlike any other criminal defense attorney. He holds a Master of Forensic Sciences degree. He worked for the Intelligence Division of the U.S. Secret Service, as well as the Office of Criminal Investigations at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Joe puts his extensive criminal defense experience and local knowledge to work in assessing the circumstances, asserting a forceful defense, and exploring all options for resolving the charges. When you turn to The Gersten Law Firm, you work directly with Joe, not an associate, paralegal, or case worker.
White-collar fraud charges typically include allegations of fraud or theft by a person working in a position of trust. The charges can arise in many different contexts. Examples of situations leading to fraud and white-collar criminal charges include:
Fraud charges usually involve a substantial amount of money — even millions or billions of dollars. Federal or state prosecution for a smaller amount of financial fraud is also extremely serious and can have severe long-term effects on your life.
Penalties for white-collar criminal charges depend on the specific offenses. Most often, the charge is a felony. Potential penalties may include:
If you are facing fraud charges, the evidence in the case likely is extremely complex. White-collar charges usually result from extensive investigations lasting over long periods of time. Several different law enforcement agencies may be involved, including the FBI. Often, multiple individuals are charged at the same time.
The complicated nature of the evidence requires your attorney to analyze all the evidence specifically from your standpoint, with the goal of getting the charges against you dismissed or significantly reduced. Attorney Joe Gersten’s investigative and analytical background and experience are a substantial benefit in these types of charges.
Any felony conviction or guilty plea on your record can negatively affect your life in many ways, even beyond the possible prison sentence and financial penalties. Having a felony record for a fraud charge can prevent you from getting a job or housing. It can even affect your ability to get credit. For all those reasons, it is essential to retain a skillful attorney to investigate the case and the evidence on your behalf and negotiate with federal or state prosecutors.
Regardless of what specific charges you face, whether your case is in federal or state court, how many others are involved, or what nature of financial fraud is alleged, The Gersten Law Firm stands ready to protect your rights and interests and provide you with the best possible defense.
In addition to defending clients facing fraud charges, The Gersten Law Firm assists clients in getting conviction records sealed. For most category B and C felonies, the waiting period is five (5) years. These time limits were significantly reduced in 2017. You can read more about the changes in our article about the shorter waiting periods.
If you are facing a fraud or other white-collar charge in Las Vegas, Henderson, or elsewhere in Clark County, Las Vegas attorney Joseph Gersten will discuss and evaluate your case based on his extensive investigative, analytical, and criminal defense experience. Your initial consultation is free-of-charge. Call 702.857.8777 or complete our online form to schedule an appointment.