When people think of white collar crime, they do not always realize the weight of such offenses. However, such crimes are serious infractions that come with hefty penalties.

If you or a loved one face a white collar charge, it is important to understand what it entails. There are a few key elements to understand in regards to such accusations.

Definition

White collar crime occurs when a party seeks financial gain through deceiving others and taking their money. There are several types of white collar crimes, including:

  • Identity theft
  • Embezzlement
  • Racketeering
  • Money laundering
  • Cybercrime

These types of infractions usually occur in the business world, and individuals in various positions may commit the crimes. In fact, such infractions range from executives in companies to tellers at the local grocery store. As with many allegations, an instance may involve a few different charges at once.

Trial

In white collar cases, the government represents the plaintiff and must present a case showing the full guilt of the defense. They must show that the defendant committed the crime without a doubt. The defendant, on the other hand, must build a case showing solid character and poking holes in the government’s case when possible. A knowledgeable attorney has the experience and skills to make a solid case for the defendant.

Penalties

Though the crimes are usually non-violent, they still come with serious repercussions. The degree of penalties an individual may face depends upon the severity of the crime. A misdemeanor may only carry a fine or short jail sentence, while a felony will most likely warrant a longer jail period and a high fine. A strong determining factor on whether a crime is a misdemeanor or felony is the amount of money involved in the act.

These are a few of the elements of white collar crime accusations. To gain further understanding, it may be beneficial to review the law and consult with a professional.