White Collar Crime

“White collar crime” is a fairly new term, coined in 1939 by sociologist Edwin Sutherland to describe crimes carried out by successful, upper-class individuals. Now, the Federal Bureau of Investigation estimates that this type of crime costs the U.S. government $300 billion each year, and individual victims can also suffer the loss of thousands of dollars.

Sometimes, taking a few dollars here and a few dollars there can turn into an out-of-control crime. If you have been accused of committing a white collar crime, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you with your case. To learn more about your legal options, you should contact a Dallas criminal defense lawyer from the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter today at (214) 845-7007.

Types of White Collar Crime

White collar crime involves a respected, upper-level employee participating in a crime. It typically involves executives or government workers—people who have access to important information, such as people’s personal finances or a corporation’s finances. With access to this information, these white-collar workers can commit crimes such as:

  • Embezzlement
  • Healthcare fraud
  • Bribery
  • Securities and commodities fraud (insider trading)
  • Identity theft
  • Forgery

Law enforcement officials believe that white collar crimes such as identity theft are more frequent now that people send and store personal information on computers. Thus, this can make people more paranoid about white collar crime. If you have been wrongly accused of one of these crimes, you should speak to a lawyer immediately.

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If you are charged with a crime, you are still innocent until proven guilty, and you deserve a lawyer who treats you as such. To discuss your case, contact an experienced Dallas criminal defense attorney from the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 today.


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