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White collar crimes are unfortunately common in today’s electronic world. In fact, almost half of households and individuals reported that they’ve been victims of white collar crimes in recent years, and at least 62.5% of people surveyed had experienced at least one type of white collar crime in their lifetime. The worst part about white collar crimes is the fact that it’s easy to be framed for the crime when you are in fact innocent.

However, not everyone is informed about the severity of white collar crimes, or what offenses fall under that category. So let’s take a bit of time today to go over white collar crimes, and what you can do to defend yourself if you’re faced with white collar charges.

The U.S. Justice Department defines a white collar crime as “Nonviolent crime for financial gain utilizing deception and committed by anyone who has special technical and professional knowledge of business and government, irrespective of the person’s occupation.”

White collar crimes include the following:

• Money laundering
• Securities/commodities fraud
• Bank fraud
• Embezzlement
• Election law violations
• Copyright violations
• Telemarketing violations
• Organized crime activities
• Health care fraud
• Financial institution fraud

That’s not a comprehensive list, but it should give you an idea of what’s considered a white collar crime.

If you’re accused of white collar crime, you need a lawyer who understand that area of the law. Here at Pawelek Law, PLLC we have extensive knowledge of white collar crime defense. Call us today at 801-722-8918 to schedule a consultation.