While so-called “white collar” offenses are non-violent, that does not mean law enforcement authorities do not take them seriously here or that the court system does not prosecute them harshly. Even for first-time offenders, a single conviction for a fraud offense or similar charge could lead to years behind bars, steep financial penalties, and a permanent record as a convicted felon.
For help fighting these allegations, reach out to a capable Scottsdale white collar lawyer at Grand Canyon Law Group. Our dedicated defense attorneys have years of experience handling these cases and can provide the guidance and support you need to minimize the long-term repercussions of your charges.
The term “white collar” does not appear anywhere in the Arizona Revised Statutes. This colloquial term refers to several offenses that tend to involve a person seeking financial gain at the expense of a company, corporation, or person in a “white collar” occupation. More specifically, these crimes are generally committed by an individual defrauding their workplace, an individual defrauding one or more other individuals, or a company defrauding others and/or companies for its own benefit.
Examples of “white collar” offenses that our experienced lawyers handle in Scottsdale include:
Most of these offenses are defined separately in the Arizona Revised States. Each charge has unique elements that must be proven for a prosecutor to secure a conviction. However, the common theme is that these are document-heavy and labor-intensive criminal cases, since establishing a defendant’s guilt—or innocence—generally requires a lengthy paper trail documenting exactly what unlawful actions they did or did not take and what financial gain they did or did not obtain. Organizing a comprehensive and effective defense against white collar charges requires guidance from seasoned legal counsel in the area.
White collar crimes are usually considered “non-dangerous” felony offenses in Arizona, which means they are subject to the less severe sentencing guidelines established under Arizona Revised Statutes §13-702. However, it is important to note that “less severe” in this context can still mean significant time in prison. For example, an offense like benefiting from “fraudulent schemes and artifices” is categorized as a Class 2 felony under A.R.S. §13-2310 and can result in three to 12.5 years in prison upon conviction.
Furthermore, the penalties outlined in A.R.S. §13-702 only apply to first-time offenders, with much harsher sentencing ranges for defendants with histories of one or more felony convictions. Those accused of white collar crimes in Scottsdale should seek help from a knowledgeable lawyer at Grand Canyon Law Group as soon as possible to mitigate the potential penalties.
White collar crimes often make for uniquely complex criminal cases. To effectively defend your rights and achieve a positive outcome, you need help from a seasoned attorney with a track record of success.
Work with a Scottsdale white collar lawyer at Grand Canyon Law Group to preserve your best interests and protect your future. We believe you have a way of life worth saving, so call us today to learn how we can fight for you.