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The Morris Law Firm, P.A. can help defend your future from white collar crime charges, regardless of their severity. Melinda Morris, managing partner of The Morris Law Firm, P.A., is an experienced white collar crime attorney and former state prosecutor. She represents clients throughout St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Seminole, Bradenton, Largo, and nearby areas in these cases.
Additionally, Ms. Morris received a Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree concurrently with her Law Degree from Stetson University. This unique combination of business legal education is of critical importance and can benefit the defense of your case. The Morris Law Firm is licensed to practice in both State and Federal Court.
A "white collar crime" is a class of crimes committed by professionals, business people and public officials that generally involves a deliberate attempt to mislead others. Most white collar crimes involve some form of theft or fraudulent representation for the purpose of obtaining money under misleading circumstances. Read more information about the following white collar crime offenses in Florida:
Most white collar offenders are ordinary people who for a multitude of reasons make rash or uncharacteristically poor decisions. They see their way out of difficulty through illegal and fraudulent means. Often, a good defense can be found for these situations. Often, white collar crimes are prosecuted by the federal government. It is critical that your defense team is experienced in the federal court system.
The Morris Law Firm, P.A. is a full-service criminal defense firm that will:
Being able to navigate the multifaceted laws surrounding alleged white collar charges is a primary concentration for the Morris Law firm. In various cases, attorney Melinda Morris has had white collar prosecutions discharged completely or received probation with no jail time sentencing for offenders. If you are guilty of the alleged crime, our attacking tactics can produce significantly reduced verdicts and save you a great sum of money in penalty fines and restitution.
A white collar charges consist of an assortment of crimes committed by professionals, commercial companies and public officers that typically comprises a thoughtful effort to deceive others. Several white collar crimes involve some category of theft or fraudulent representation for the determination of obtaining currency in deceptive conditions.
With defending white collar crimes there are numerous important details to take into consideration. White collar crimes are frequently prosecuted by the federal government. It is essential that your attorney is qualified in dealing with the federal court system.
White Collar crime defense is often a complicated matter that lends itself to multiple interpretations. Law enforcement officials often target legitimate business professionals because they are not educated in industry practices. These accusations usually result in a tremendous opportunity for wrong conclusions. The Morris Law Firm can employ specialists such as forensic accountants and industry experts to strengthen our client’s defense. Our firm has both business and legal experience that can benefit your case.
Potential Defenses include:
The investigation of a white collar crime is often long and requires countless involvement. They have the tenacity to last quite a few months or years. Occasionally, individuals are unaware that they are objectives of a white collar criminal investigation and will know nothing of the investigation until they are charged. An experienced white collar attorney should handle your case as early as possible. When involve with white collar crimes you should consult an experienced attorney before making any statements to any law enforcement officer.
A single accusation involving a White Collar Crime can have a tremendous impact on a variety of levels, including some of the following areas:
White collar crime penalties are contingent on the precise circumstances. For example, charges of embezzlement can be negotiated if it is verified that the embezzler planned to return what was procured. White collar crime punishments consist of being charged with a felony in a federal or state court. The specific court system through which white collar offenders penalties are decided is dependent on the conditions of the crime. White collar punishments can include both fiscal fines and fees and jail time sentencing. The severity of white collar crimes defines the stringency of the penalties.
§775.0844 White Collar Crime Victim Protection Act
The Federal Bureau of Investigation provides valuable information and resources on White Collar Crimes.
The Official United States Secret Service site for White Collar Criminal investigations
Florida State Statutes Related to White Collar Crimes:
Chapter 815 - Computer-related crimes
Chapter 817 - Fraudulent practices
Part I: - False pretenses and frauds, generally ( § 817.02-817.569)
Part II: - Credit card crimes ( § 817.57-817.685)
Part III: - Credit services organizations ( § 817.7001-817.706)
Part IV: - Credit counseling services ( § 817.801-817.806)
Chapter 818 - Sale of mortgaged personal property; similar offenses
Chapter 831 - Forgery and Counterfeiting
Chapter 895 - Offenses concerning Racketeering and illegal debts
Chapter 896 - Offenses related to financial transactions
|What is white collar crime?|
White collar crimes typically refer to a type of crime committed by business people, entrepreneurs, public officials, and professionals through deception, as opposed to street crimes which tend to involve force and violence. Examples of white-collar crimes include embezzlement, bribery, extortion, larceny, fraud (e.g., health care, tax), bankruptcy, telemarketing, insurance, mail, securities and commodities law violations, environmental law violations, price fixing, racketeering, loan sharking, black market operations, obstruction of justice and perjury, identity theft, perjury and computer fraud.
Depending on whether federal or state law has been violated, white collar crimes can be prosecuted at the federal or state level. Penalties vary, but in some cases can result in large fines, restitution, and jail time.
|Who prosecutes white collar crimes?|
|White collar crimes can violate state and/or federal criminal laws. If the crime is more complicated and deals with suspects, victims and/or stolen property that cross state or national boundaries, the federal government is typically better equipped to investigate and prosecute these crimes. If the federal government is handling the case, it may be the FBI that investigates the case and the United States Attorney’s Office that prosecutes the case. Some white collar crime cases start out being investigated at the state level by local police or state agencies, and then the case is picked up by the federal government. Melinda Morris, managing partner of the Morris Law Firm, is a white collar lawyer licensed to practice in both State and Federal Court.|
|What is larceny?|
Larceny is the "taking and carrying away of tangible personal property of another by trespass with intent to permanently (or for an unreasonable time) deprive the person of his interest in the property." Larceny must involve personal property, and it must be capable of being possessed and carried away. Thus, real estate, services, and other intangibles cannot be objects of larceny.
The commission of larceny requires that someone else’s property actually be taken away, and the intent to take it, without paying for or returning it, must also be present. Both elements are needed by definition for larceny to occur.
|What is embezzlement?|
|Embezzlement is defined as "the fraudulent conversion of property of another by a person in lawful possession of that property." Crimes of this nature generally have involved a relationship of trust and confidence, such as an agent, fiduciary, trustee, or treasurer, but can include situations as simple as a restaurant cashier keeping money that belonged in the till.|
|What is fraud?|
Fraud is defined to be "an intentional perversion of truth" or a "false misrepresentation of a matter of fact" which induces another person to "part with some valuable thing belonging to him or to surrender a legal right."
In addition to the traditional criminal definition of fraud, there are many regulatory laws that have very specific rules that must be complied with. If you do not follow these rules to the letter, you could be charged with and convicted of fraud.
|What is identity theft?|
|Identity theft is the crime of obtaining the personal identifying information of another person and using that information to obtain property or information to which he is not entitled, and doing so without the permission of the person whose personal identifying information is used. This is a very rapidly growing area of white collar crime, is international in scope, and is often done with sophisticated computer hacking techniques, but can also be accomplished by simply surfing trash cans. Penalties vary from state to state, but many identity theft offenses are felonies which carry state prison terms.|
|What is the crime involving receiving stolen property?|
Receiving stolen goods is generally buying or acquiring the possession of property knowing (or believing in some jurisdictions) that it had been obtained through theft, embezzlement, larceny, or extortion by someone else. The crime is separate from the crime of stealing the property. To be convicted, the receiver must know the goods were stolen at the time he receives them and had the intent to aid the thief. Paying for the goods or intending to collect the reward for returning them are not defenses. Depending on the value of the property received, receiving-stolen-property is either a misdemeanor or a felony.
There are numerous federal laws that make it a federal crime to receive stolen property (e.g., vehicles, securities) if the property received was or had been in interstate commerce.
Melinda Morris of Morris Law Firm, P.A. represents clients as a white collar crime attorney in Pinellas County. These types of charges are very severe and may seriously affect your social and professional reputation. The involvement of the state government and possibly the FBI makes it even harder to follow without knowledgeable counsel. Attorney Melinda Morris has years of practical and functional knowledge when it comes to white-collar crimes in Pinellas County, Hillsborough County, Sarasota County, and nearby areas. Consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney in St. Petersburg to find out how to best protect your rights and future opportunities.
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