White Collar Crimes

“White-collar” crimes in California generally concern the unlawful appropriation or theft of public or private property or funds. These crimes are often committed by business professionals, entrepreneurs, and public officials who hold a position of trust within an organization. White-collar crimes can result in either misdemeanor or felony charges, depending on the circumstances.

White Collar Crimes

The most common form of white-collar crime is a type of fraud called embezzlement. Embezzlement is the fraudulent appropriation of property (public or private) by a person to whom it has been entrusted.

In addition to embezzlement, other white-collar crimes in California include:

  • Extortion
  • Credit card fraud
  • Bribery
  • Money laundering
  • Insider trading
  • Receiving stolen property
  • Forgery
  • Identity theft
  • RICO offenses
  • Health care fraud and abuse
  • Workers compensation fraud
  • Mortgage and loan fraud
  • Income tax fraud
  • Insurance fraud
  • Mail and wire fraud
  • Cyber and e-commerce crimes
  • Welfare fraud
  • False financial statement
  • Commercial burglary
  • Perjury
  • Financial crimes
  • Petty theft
  • Grand theft

It is naïve to assume that a white-collar crime won’t be vigorously prosecuted. The state of California takes these crimes very seriously. So does the federal government.

Depending on the crime and who it was committed against, you could be facing state or federal prosecution. The penalties if you’re convicted can include hefty fines, county, state, or federal jail time, loss of your professional licenses, and even forfeiture of your personal property.

The laws pertaining to embezzlement, fraud, and other white-collar crimes are complex. A successful defense strategy requires a defense attorney with extensive experience in both state and federal law.

Defense Strategies for Embezzlement and Other White-Collar Crime Charges

If you’ve been charged with a professional or “white-collar” crime it’s important to protect your rights. Contact the law office of Orange County, CA criminal defense attorney Jim Tanizaki without delay.

Jim Tanizaki is a former Orange County, DA turned criminal defense attorney. His unique background and experience give him an advantage other criminal defense attorneys don’t possess. He knows the tactics the prosecution will use to gain a conviction. This expertise allows him to craft effective defense strategies – strategies that often result in reduced or dismissed charges for his clients.

Depending on the circumstances, defense strategies in a white-collar professional criminal trial can include:

  • No money or property was actually taken.
  • Mistaken identity – someone else appropriated the money or property
  • The money or property was not used inappropriately.
  • You had a good faith belief that you had a right to the property.
  • You had no intent to deprive another of their money or property.

Contact the Law Office of Orange County CA White Collar Crime Defense Attorney Jim Tanizaki

Don’t let a conviction for embezzlement or other white-collar crime ruin your life and career. Find out what your legal options are. Contact the law office of Jim Tanizaki using our website or call us at (714) 655-7633 to schedule a free confidential initial consultation with a leading Orange County, CA criminal defense attorney.