When you’ve been arrested and accused of committing a crime surrounding corporate finance schemes or other types of financial fraud, you need a highly trained white collar crime lawyer in Dallas to defend your case.
White collar crimes are not violent, but that doesn’t mean people’s lives aren’t negatively impacted by financially motivated fraud. Even the accusation of being involved in a white collar crime can destroy your reputation and your life. For these reasons, you need an attorney who will advocate for your freedom and work to clear your name of the charges against you.
At Chris Lewis & Associates, P.C., we have the trial experience you need to resolve your case. Whether we’ll be defending your innocence or working out a plea agreement with the prosecution, your Dallas white collar crime lawyer will be focused on you and your best interests. Our firm will do everything we can to help you avoid a conviction that could ruin the life you’ve built for yourself.
To be labeled a white collar criminal means that you have taken advantage of someone else for your own financial gain in some way. Some of the most commonly seen types of white collar crime allegations our firm has encountered include:
These are just a few of the types of financially driven crimes our firm has had success in defending. You can speak with your attorney to learn more about how we’ll work to help you obtain an acquittal in Dallas.
Despite the fact that the victim of such crimes was not physically injured, their lives were more than likely severely influenced. With that being said, the state of Texas takes such crimes seriously by imposing harsh penalties for white collar criminals.
The consequences you’ll face if convicted will be based on several factors, such as which type of crime you are charged with, how much money was involved, whether the victim was elderly, and more.
For example, if you were accused of embezzling a sum of less than $20,000 but more than $1,500, you’d be facing state jail felony charges, which are punishable by a two-year jail sentence. If you are accused of embezzling more than $20,000 but less than $100,000, you’ll then be charged with a third-degree felony which could put you in prison for up to ten years.
In addition to imprisonment, you may also be ordered to pay fines, complete community service, pay restitution, attend counseling, and complete probation. After the completion of your sentence, when you attempt to rebuild your life, your criminal record will always reflect your conviction, which is sure to affect your ability to find work or a decent place to live.
If your case goes to court, the prosecuting attorney will need to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you are guilty of defrauding someone. The way they’ll attempt to do this is by proving intent.
This means proving that not only did you commit a financially driven crime, but you knew you were doing it. Your attorney only needs to establish that there was a lack of intent in your case to establish reasonable doubt of your guilt.
It is also quite possible that your case will never make it to court. In some circumstances, it will be well-advised to accept a plea bargain. This is particularly true in cases where there is significant evidence against you or if you are considered unsympathetic to a jury.
If a plea agreement is your best opportunity for resolution, your lawyer will negotiate with the prosecutor to minimize the penalties imposed on you.
Regardless of which defensive strategy is best for your case, you need an aggressive attorney who has the resources to fight for your individual rights. With our firm providing your legal counsel, you’ll have exponentially increased your chances of being found not guilty of the charges against you.
When your livelihood and liberty are on the line, you need an experienced Dallas white collar crime lawyer at Chris Lewis & Associates, P.C. to defend you in court. Charges for a white collar crime should be taken seriously, and when you’re interested in retaining our legal help, give our office a call at 214-984-3113 or fill out the brief contact form below to schedule your free case review.