White Collar Criminal Defense

White Collar Criminal Defense

White Collar Crimes Defense Lawyer

White Collar Criminal Defense

Allegations of so called “white collar” criminal offenses require a different type of legal defense.  These cases frequently turn upon the intent of the person accused of wrong doing.  For the government, this is a difficult fact to establish.  As a result, the government commonly assembles a lot of evidence, whether it is documents, witness statements, or expert opinions, to show that an individual has intentionally stolen money or deceived others for gain (which is the core of any white collar crime—regardless of how it is charged).   Rebutting the government’s case frequently involves an assessment of all of this evidence before formulating the best defense.  In the wrong hands, this effort can be inefficient or ineffective, or worse: both.

At Delahunty & Edelman LLP, our team of attorneys have successfully defended business owners, executives, lawyers, accountants, doctors, public officials, and others against an array of white collar criminal charges including insurance fraud, embezzlement, money laundering, insider trading, and more.  We’re able to do this because our prior as prosecutors gives a special insight into how the government must prove its case and what the best defenses usually are.   But we do not just present strong and thorough legal arguments in your defense, we also consider the consequences and risks of each strategic decision in your case from a holistic view—one that accounts for your personal life, personal finances, professional licensure, property interests, business(es), and mitigation of reputational damage.

When our clients are involved in government investigations, our focus is to defend their interests thoroughly and zealously. Our goal is to resolve such matters discreetly and efficiently without our clients’ challenges resulting in an enforcement action or criminal charge. We know, however, that such outcomes are not always possible. When litigation is unavoidable, Delahunty & Edelman LLP is committed to leveraging the experience and determination of its partners to provide unwavering support and vigor in defending our clients.

White Collar Criminal Defense in San Francisco and Throughout California

Our San Francisco white collar criminal defense attorneys are experienced in defending a variety of white-collar crimes throughout California and nationwide. We handle matters including:

Potential Penalties for White Collar Offenses

Do not let the term deceive you. While “white collar” crimes are sometimes viewed with less stigma than violent crimes, the penalties for these offenses are often more financially significant and can still include significant time in prison. The specific fines and potential prison time vary by offense and often the details of and amount of money involved in the offense.

In addition to the typical consequences of a felony conviction in the job market, individuals convicted of white collar crimes can also lose their professional licensure, requiring a complete career change.

When is Time to Hire an Attorney?

At the first indication of allegations and knowledge of facts that could lead to an investigation into wrongdoing, it is wise to consult with an attorney to understand your options and mitigate your legal risks.

Individuals who are innocent of the allegations against them should not assume that there is no need to prepare a robust legal defense. Just as the alleged facts leading to the allegation of a white-collar crime are often complex, so are the various considerations and implications of such allegations on an individual’s personal and professional life and finances.

Charges of fraud, corruption, financial crimes, and other white-collar offenses typically result from extensive criminal investigations. The best possible outcome is to avoid charges being brought against you in the first place. Developing a proactive defense whenever possible and a swift legal response to charges is extremely advantageous in absolving you of all allegations or mitigating the charges against you.

If you have already been charged with a white collar offense, our first goal is to speak with the prosecution to ideally dismiss the charges against you or negotiate the lowest charge possible, when necessary.

The next step is often to examine all of the evidence against you and work to exclude as much of it as possible from being presented in court. When incriminating evidence is admitted, we work to develop the best strategy to cast as much reasonable doubt as possible on the prosecution’s evidence and arguments.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to white collar defense.  Our attorneys work to understand the details and nuances of your background, your case, and the unique legal and practical issues presented with the goal of resolving the matter with as little impact to our clients’ legal, financial, professional, and personal affairs as possible.

Former Federal Prosecutors with Extensive Private-Sector Experience

Allegations of white-collar criminal activity implicate both state and federal laws, potentially resulting in multiple and simultaneous investigations by different agencies. It is crucial to retain legal representation that is experienced in defending against potential parallel enforcement actions and charges that a set of allegations may involve.

As former federal prosecutors with significant private-sector and law enforcement experience, our attorneys are deeply familiar with government investigations and all stages of litigation in white collar criminal proceedings. We approach your defense from a holistic, big-picture view to resolve the claims against you efficiently and strategically to protect your future.

For more information contact us today at (415) 891-6210 for a confidential consultation of your case.


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