Lawrenceville White Collar Crime Attorney

What Is a White Collar Crime? Info About Corporate Crimes.

This common phrase was coined by Edwin Sutherland in 1939 to describe nonviolent crimes that are usually committed by respectable, high-class business people with substantial social status. Most of the time, a white collar crime is motivated solely for personal financial gain and commissioned utilizing illegal resources. This type of crime is closely associated with corporate crime because it is the white collar business people who are most likely to commit a crime of this nature during the course of their occupation.

Edwin Sutherland further explains the term he had created in a speech that he made in front of the American Sociological Society. He determined that white collar criminals are a different breed of criminal in that they have very different motives and reasoning behind their actions. Many white collar criminals commit these crimes out of greed because they associate more money with greater social status. There is also a less chance of getting caught as a white collar business man because no one in their position would be a suspect for a crime.

The majority of people who get put into prison are blue-collar criminals that were convicted of assault, rape, burglary, murder, theft or arson. Their behavior is often written off as reactionary event that stemmed from their psychological and lower class background, a result of their rough history. White-collar criminals on the other hand come from the higher class, people of opportunity, intelligence and affluence. These criminals are typically highly educated people who decide to take advantage of their privileged position in search for more financial gain. Because white collar crimes are non-violent in nature and do not physical cause harm to others, Sutherland argued that society generally forgives these crimes and turn a blind eye to them.

Types of White Collar Crimes

The Federal Bureau of Investigation or the FBI defines white collar crimes in a nutshell as, "lying, cheating and stealing." The victims of these crimes are never hurt physically but they definitely take a hit financially. In serious cases, a white collar crime can bankrupt an entire company corporation and cost their investors millions or even billions of dollars. It could also bankruptcy a family's entire life savings, leaving them with nothing to live on. Fraud is the main crime of choice committed by these business professionals and their schemes become more and more sophisticated over time, making them even more difficult to catch. The most common types of white collar crimes are:

  • Bribery
  • Cybercrimes
  • Copyright infringement
  • Counterfeiting
  • Embezzlement
  • Forgery
  • Fraud
  • Identity theft
  • Insider trading
  • Larceny
  • Money laundering
  • Ponzi Schemes

Hard-Hitting Defense You can Count on

These white collar crimes are commissioned with a myriad of scamming tactics that the FBI investigate and pursue. If you are wanted or charged with a white collar crime you could be facing serious prison time and steep monetary fines. Not to mention, you will most likely be liable for repaying the victims' monetary losses. Depending on the severity of the crime and the amount of money defrauded, you could even face a life sentence in prison.

White collar crime punishments have been much more harsh and unforgiving over the years and they are considered to be their own breed of crimes because of their long history. Many white collar crime offenders have had no prior experience with the law and now their entire future is on the line. If you have been accused of fraud or any other white collar crime it is imperative that you obtain hard-hitting defense as soon as possible to ensure that your rights will be protected against the prosecution.


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