Knowledgeable and Effective Defense of White Collar Criminal Charges in Maryland
Cases involving white collar criminal offenses can be challenging and complex, and the stakes are often very high for the person charged with a white collar crime. Convicted offenders face lengthy prison sentences and steep fines, and they may also be forced to make restitution to the alleged victims, which can result in the seizure and forfeiture of their assets or having liens placed against their property. Being convicted of a white collar crime also causes many people to lose their professional license or be denied access to any number of education and employment opportunities.
At the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, PA in Glen Burnie, Columbia and Baltimore, you will find experienced and successful criminal defense attorneys who take the time to learn about your situation and devise a legal strategy designed to get you the best results in your particular case. Read on to learn more about our white collar criminal defense practice, or call our offices right away if you have been charged with a white collar crime in Anne Arundel, Howard or Baltimore counties.
What is White Collar Crime?
Although you won’t find a specific definition in the law, or a section in the Maryland Code called White Collar Crime, these offenses usually refer to crimes which are accomplished by means of deception rather than the use or threat of force or violence. Any type of fraud offense, for instance, is usually considered a white collar crime. Common examples of white collar crime include:
- Taking money under false pretenses
- Passing bad checks
- Identity Theft
- Securities Fraud
- Tax Evasion
- Wire fraud or internet crimes
These crimes are all defined in the Maryland Code or under federal law. These statutes can be quite complex and are sometimes so highly technical that even legal scholars and other experts cannot agree on whether a particular action violates the statute or not, such as whether a tax preparer’s action amounts to lawful tax avoidance or illegal tax evasion, or whether a stockbroker’s frequent trades are an aggressive legal strategy or illegal excessive trading or churning. Having knowledgeable and experienced representation on your side can be critical to achieving a positive result in the face of these highly complex prosecutions. This is the level of representation you will receive at the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, PA.
How should You Respond to a White Collar Criminal Investigation or Arrest?
Law enforcement agencies and prosecutors may spend months building a white collar criminal case before actually making any arrests. During this time, you may become aware of an investigation, and law enforcement may actually contact you for information. It can be difficult to know whether you are being targeted as a suspect or not at this stage, and you may feel that cooperating with police is in your best interests. Before you do, however, most legal experts would suggest that you speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney first. Law enforcement officers are trained in interrogation techniques to get people to make incriminating or inconsistent statements. Once law enforcement has these types of statements, they can use them as grounds to arrest you, use them against you in court, or use them to force further cooperation and more incriminating statements from you. There is even a federal statute that makes lying to a federal officer a federal crime, so it is vital to be extremely careful when speaking with law enforcement, whether or not you are currently under arrest.
At the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, PA, our attorneys can advise you on whether to speak with law enforcement, and we can be by your side if you do. Our lawyers can represent you in a variety of communications with state and federal agencies. If an arrest is going to be made, we may be able to arrange how the arrest will be effectuated. We may even be able to resolve the matter in your favor at the pre-arrest stage, so that charges are never brought, or we may be able to influence what level of charges are brought against you.
Get Help with White Collar Criminal Charges in Anne Arundel and Howard Counties
If you have been arrested for a white collar crime in Anne Arundel, Howard or Baltimore County, or if you believe you may be under investigation, contact the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, PA in Glen Burnie, Columbia or Baltimore. Let us investigate your situation, advise you on how to proceed, and provide individualized representation to get you the best result.