White Collar Crime in Illinois
There are several different types of crimes, and white collar crimes are some of the most complicated kinds of cases to defend. Most white-collar crimes are financial crimes. However, contrary to popular belief, they are not crimes committed only by the wealthy and powerful.
Types of White Collar Crimes
White collar crime is not an official crime designation under the law. Generally, the term white-collar crime is used to refer to non-violent property crimes. Often, they have a financial component. The following examples of crimes in Illinois are widely considered to be white-collar crimes:
- Credit card fraud;
- Writing bad checks;
- Identity theft;
- Securities fraud;
- Insurance fraud; and
- Bribery tax fraud.
Every case is different. Most of the time the defense in a criminal case will depend heavily on the facts of the given case. Various general defenses to white-collar crimes include:
- Criminal actions of others; and
- Actions do not meet legal definition of fraud or theft.
Certain types of white-collar crimes involve thousands of pages of financial records. In these kinds of cases, an expert, such as a forensic accountant, may be needed to help sort through the paper trail.
What to Do If You Have Been Accused of a Crime
Because white-collar crimes can be complicated to defend and prosecute, you may find that you have been accused of a crime long before you are officially charged with a crime. If someone has accused you in your place of work with a crime, or you believe that you are under investigation, you need to understand your rights.
It is important that you consult with a criminal defense lawyer knowledgeable about white-collar crimes. However, you should not talk to anyone else about the facts of your case. If you are being questioned by law enforcement, then you should exercise your right to remain silent and ask that your lawyer be present for any questions. These actions do not make you look guilty. They show that you are willing to stand-up for your rights.
Moreover, you should not make any attempt to destroy documents or evidence nor lie to anyone investigating you. Taking these actions can get you in even more trouble.
If you have been accused or charged with a white-collar crime, you need to speak with a tough and experienced Wheaton criminal defense lawyer immediately. Do not speak to anyone about your case until you speak with a lawyer. Call Davi Law Group, LLC today to schedule a consultation at 630-580-6373.