White collar crimes are usually crimes of opportunity that involve financial motivation and can include corruption, insider trading, money laundering, embezzlement, misconduct and more. They are intrinsically non-violent, but financial crimes are taken very seriously by the State. Crimes include individuals who are in positions of trust and take advantage of the situation. These abuses can go unnoticed for years until someone blows the whistle and the walls of secrecy come tumbling down, such as what happens when an elected official charges far too much to the government when personal gain is involved. Sometimes in the private sector, it’s the unraveling of a Ponzi scheme, where the trust is very personal, or when it’s your financial advisor diverting lifelong retirement earnings from your account.
What Should You Do if You are Arrested for a White Collar Crime Such as Embezzlement, and Forfeiture is Part of the Charge
Many times there are gray areas that blur right from wrong in a review of charges. In fact, misunderstandings or misinterpretations of the rules lead to erroneous charges, or trumped-up charges. Regardless of your version of the “facts” upon arrest, if you are booked for corruption, bribery or other white collar crimes, do not talk to the police, a loan officer, human resources or any authority about your version of the charge — chances are you’re not a lawyer. Do not try to negotiate with anyone, even though you might know them personally, and feel certain he or she has got your back. They’ve got their own back I can assure you. In addition to property that can be taken from you, or forfeited if authorities believe it was obtained as part of an illegal transaction, your freedom is at stake as well.
Anything you say will be gladly listened to, and held against you. Exercise your constitutional right to remain silent and get a criminal defense lawyer who handles white collar crime charges ASAP. We can be at a disadvantage defending you if you have given any sort of confession or incriminating statements. On the other hand, do not be antagonistic or sarcastic while in custody, but be firm in your request to call a criminal defense lawyer to protect your rights, remaining silent and composed in the meantime.
John Paragano: Union County Lawyer for Crimes Involving all White Collar Crimes
The onus is always on the prosecutor to prove beyond a reasonable doubt your guilt if you are charged with any crime, and frankly, white collar crimes are very difficult to prove. You have certain Constitutional Rights, like the right to remain silent, the right that your arrest be based only upon probable cause, the right against unreasonable search and seizure, etc. To enforce your rights, our skilled criminal defense attorneys are available to meet with you upon your arrest. We can explore your options and, in certain cases, reduce the severity of the charges against you. To further protect you against self-incrimination, we will communicate directly with law enforcement on your behalf, guiding you on the best course of action to take to protect your rights.
During the initial consultation, our law firm will take the time to learn all about you and the criminal charges you face. Our attorneys will assess the strength of the evidence against you and advise you on all of the available options. If necessary, we have the ability to conduct a private investigation, contact witnesses and obtain other useful evidence. Treating you with the utmost respect, our criminal defense law firm will aggressively represent you to reach the best possible resolution, whether through a plea bargain or trial.
For twenty-five years my Union law firm has successfully defended numerous charges for white collar crime including bribery, insider trading, embezzlement and official misconduct, where we have achieved acquittals, dismissals and downgrading of charges for a variety of these crimes at the local, county and state level. If you need an experienced and powerful criminal defense attorney to help you through these troubled waters, call my office today.
Choose The Law Offices of John Paragano for Defense of your White Collar Charge
For the best criminal defense in all of Union County, Monmouth County and all of New Jersey, contact John Paragano at The Law Offices of John Paragano, for a free consultation. Telephone 908.687.5999 or click to send an email. All consultations and written correspondences will be kept strictly confidential.