What is “White Collar Crime”?
White collar crime is not a specific offense. The Illinois Revised Statutes does not have a specific “White Collar Crime” offense. Rather, “White Collar Crime” refers to a general type of offense that is done for money, (financial gain) and does not involve violence. In short, a pen is used rather than a gun.
Specific offenses that fall under “white collar crime”
Theft, removing property from employer
How to defend against a charge of white collar crime:
A white collar crime charge is fought the same way as any criminal charge, this includes obtain all of the police reports, and evidence that the state’s attorney has, including video. Reviewing all of the evidence and meeting with my client learning his or her side of the story.
Once I have a full understanding of what the prosecutors case is and what my client’s side of the story is, I will then set for a plan to proceed and explain the plan to my client.
In most cases, pretrial motions are filed. The benefit of pretrial motions is an opportunity to challenge the prosecutors case while obtaining the state’s witnesses testimony. Once pretrial motions are filed the prosecutor may reach out to the defense to make an offer to avoid the defense from conducting the hearing. In most cases, the best offer that is available is usually made on the morning that the hearing is scheduled.
A hearing is different from trial because at a hearing a judge determine whether the merits of a motion, for example, a motion to suppress. Whereas, at a trial a judge determines if a person is guilty or innocent.
For more specific information and to review the facts of your case, call Attorney Young for a no-obligation consultation.