The array of offences commonly called “white collar crimes” may not involve violence or physical theft, but they are no less serious and can in fact cause more harm to more people or businesses than a thug with a gun or knife could. White collar crime often involves fraud and theft, such as the manipulation of money and property through illegal activities like bribery, computer fraud, counterfeiting, embezzlement, health care fraud, identity theft, insider trading, money laundering, tax evasion, and telemarketing fraud.
White collar crimes are often expensive, difficult, and time-consuming for the Crown to prosecute. The difficulty of prosecuting such cases notwithstanding, the government takes white collar crime very seriously, and a successful prosecution will most often result in a significant jail sentence as well as a stain on your reputation that will follow you throughout your life.
While every criminal defendant should retain an experienced criminal defence lawyer at the earliest possible opportunity, the complexities and nuances of white collar crime investigations and prosecutions make having a skilled defence lawyer even more vital. Individuals who are ultimately charged with committing a white collar crime may go for weeks, months, or even years without being aware that they are under investigation, and may only become aware once charges are filed. This puts defendants in a precarious position, since the prosecution has already had ample time to build a case against them, and the time to prepare a defence ahead of a trial date may be extremely limited.
Additionally, these cases usually require extensive analysis to construct a paper or computer trail or other evidence that can prove the specifics of the crime. If the authorities search for and seize documents or information from your home, office, computer, financial institution, or Internet provider without a proper search warrant in place, an experienced criminal defence lawyer may be able to exclude the evidence seized from being used against you at your trial. Often, there are multiple defendants in white collar crime cases, which may make it advantageous to coordinate a defence with fellow defendants. Again, it is crucial to have a defence lawyer experienced in defending against charges of white collar crime to make such determinations, protect your rights, and assist you in preparing the best possible defense in these complicated matters. If you believe you may be under investigation for a white collar crime, the time to contact a skilled criminal defence lawyer is now.
Since 1996, the law firm of Mitch Engel, Barrister & Solicitor has been providing clients throughout the Oshawa, Brampton, and Mississauga areas with top-level criminal defence representation, including the representation of individuals charged with white collar crimes. Mitch focuses exclusively on criminal law and his extensive experience has given him excellent insight and strategic instincts about how to prepare and present the best possible defence in each unique case. His commitment to integrity, his passion and professionalism, and his excellent track record have earned him the respect of clients, colleagues, and courts throughout the Toronto area. A strong and zealous advocate, Mitch Engel stays available to his clients 24/7 and works on a block fee basis, meaning that his clients pay an initial retainer, which is then applied toward a fee for his services. He understands that his clients are making an investment in him, and works tirelessly to earn their trust and provide the advice and guidance they need. Call Mitch at (866) 761-7077 to get the legal advice you need to reclaim your life.