June 28, 2010

Defending Against White Collar Crimes and Property Crimes in Utah

White Collar Crimes and Property Crimes

Even though referred to as white collar crimes, which may make such crimes appear less serious, they aren’t.  They are no less serious than any other crime and can result in felony convictions and years in prison. White collar crimes do not only apply to Enron executives or other high end businessmen. White collar crimes can be committed by anyone, right down to the cashier of a retail store.

Utah Defenders represents clients against white collar crimes.

White collar crimes are just as serious as any other type of crime. Don’t let the name fool you.

A Utah white collar crimes attorney at Utah Defenders is ready to defend you against any type of white collar crime. Our experienced criminal defense lawyers, based in Salt Lake City, serve all of Utah, from the Wasatch Front to Logan and St. George and everywhere in between. Whether you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony Utah Defenders has the white collar crimes lawyer who will provide you with excellent criminal defense services.

Utah Defenders can defend you against any property and white collar crimes:

  • Embezzlement – This generally falls under the legal term “theft by deception.”  We have been the defense attorneys on some of the biggest embezzlement cases in Utah.  We’ve represented bank employees, financial clerks for various businesses, and others who have been charged with misdemeanor and felony embezzlement charges.
  • Identity Theft – In the age of the internet, a time when most people buy things online with a credit card, identity theft is one of the most common crimes around.  It is also one of the most difficult crimes for the police to track down.  The really smart thieves steal credit cards from people who live half way across the country and then they use those numbers online to order products that are delivered to a false address or to a store where the thieves can pick it up.
  • Credit Card Fraud – Credit card fraud comes in a few different shapes and sizes.  For example, credit card fraud can come in the form of the unlawful use of a card, the unlawful possession of a card, the unlawful acquisition of a card, and the unlawful transfer of a card.
  • Investor Fraud – This type of crime is prevalent in Utah.  Getting people to invest money in too good to be true investments only to have the investment managers run off with the money.
  • Workers Compensation Fraud – Faking injuries, exaggerating injuries, or doing anything else dishonest in order to get workers compensation funds falls under this category of crime.  This type of fraud can also be committed by employers as well as employees.
  • General Fraud – This is the general category for all fraud and consists of a person making a false representation which causes someone else to rely on that representation to that person’s detriment.  Fraud can be both criminal and civil in nature.
  • Insurance Fraud – The insurance industry has an excellent lobby.  They have secured special protections from the state so that if you dare to try to rip off an insurance company the penalties will be more severe than if you were to do the same to any other type of company.
  • Check Fraud – Writing a bad check on purpose is a crime and depending on the amount of the check will determine how serious the penalties will be.  We have represented people who have written checks for as little as $10 to as much as thousands of dollars.  Most companies will attempt to contact the issuer of the check before calling the police.  They will usually report it to the police only after multiple failures in trying to call the issuer and get payment.
  • Theft (Retail Theft / Felony Theft) – Shoplifting isn’t just a petty crime like it used to be.  Theft is theft and shoplifting will get you in as much trouble as stealing from an employer, a co-worker, or an acquaintance because it all depends on the value of the property stolen.
  • Robbery – A more violent form of theft, it usually involves a dangerous weapon or use of force to take property away from another.  The use of violence to steal property puts this type of theft crime in a category of its own.  When it comes to sentencing, courts are much more harsh for crimes involving violence.
  • Burglary – Theft that involves an invasion of real property (homes, businesses, office buildings).  There are degrees of burglary including aggravated burglary which can result in life in prison.
  • Arson – Purposefully burning down a home or other building.  The structure does not have to be completely destroyed.  It only needs to be damaged.  If you commit arson with the intent to defraud an insurer or if the arson committed results in death or serious bodily injury the sentencing penalties increase dramatically.
  • Forgery – Falsifying documents to deprive someone of a property interest or to deprive someone of money or goods or to otherwise defraud someone.  Most of forgery cases we see involve forging doctor’s prescriptions in order to obtain prescription drugs.
  • Pyramid Schemes – You may be running a completely legitimate business but the prosecutor may see it as one of the pyramid schemes that seem to be so prevalent in Utah.  Defending against such charges requires a lot of man hours, analyzing bank statements and other financial records, and interview many witnesses to show the legitimacy or illegitimacy of the business.

Contact Us for a Free Consultation

Utah Defenders offers free consultations. We can meet with you in our office, or if you live far away we can schedule a webcam consultation. Utah Defenders makes it easy to communicate with our white collar criminal defense attorneys. You can call, email, Skype, or webcam our attorneys, and we’re available 24 hours a day.

Let us help you. Give us a call at 801.618.1334 to speak to one of our experienced Utah criminal defense attorneys, or email us if you prefer and we’ll respond right away. Utah Defenders is standing by to begin your defense, so contact us today.