When most people picture crime, they think of violent offenses such as robbery or assault. Often, however, crime takes a more insidious — but still devastating — form.
If you’ve been accused of white collar crime, your future is at risk. Don’t assume that you’ll receive a slap on the wrest or land a cushy stay in ‘Club Fed’ — you could face months, even years in a less-than-glamorous prison. If convicted, you’ll suffer huge fines, not to mention tens (even hundreds) of thousands in lost income as you struggle to secure employment.
Remember, South Carolina is not yet a ‘Ban the Box’ state; you’ll struggle to escape the reputational damage that follows a white collar conviction.
As an alleged white collar criminal, you need strong legal representation. Your lawyer can play a transformative role in your criminal case. With the right attorney at your side, your case is far from hopeless. Let the Leventis Law Firm guide you through the pitfalls of the criminal justice process in South Carolina.
COMMON TYPES OF WHITE COLLAR CRIME IN SOUTH CAROLINA/
“White collar crime” is a surprisingly broad term. The phrase doesn’t always refer to Bernie Madoff-style scams. Sometimes, it’s as simple as claiming non-existent exemptions on a tax return. Either way, you deserve aggressive defense from an attorney who understands the implications of white collar charges. From embezzlement to identity theft, the Leventis Law Firm can help you with a variety of white collar concerns.
The following are just a few of the many criminal cases handled at the Leventis Law Firm:
Fraud refers to any deceptive activity engaged in with the intention of financial gain. Common examples include:
Credit card fraud
Embezzlement occurs when a person in a position of responsibility (such as a corporate professional or another employee with access to financial assets) uses that esteemed status to defraud a company or government entity. While most embezzlement cases are handled at the state level, some appear in federal court.
Tax fraud and evasion occur when an income earner attempts to either mislead the IRS or simply doesn’t bother to file or pay taxes. This shockingly common crime can take many forms. Examples include:
Hiding income offshore to avoid paying taxes in the United States
Creating corporations to disguise the true owner of a business
Purposefully avoiding taxes by diverting income into a trust
Claiming unearned income
Claiming expenses that never occurred.
Tax fraud can also be a subset of identity theft. For example, a perpetrator may defraud others by creating a fake charity and using it to collect sensitive information from legitimate taxpayers.
Unfortunately, given the complexity of tax filing and submission, well-meaning employees and business owners are regularly accused of committing tax fraud or evasion. While the IRS offers opportunities for remedy to well-meaning individuals who make mistakes, penalties can be harsh if any indication exists of purposefully underpaying or avoiding taxes. A skilled attorney should understand the full implications of your case and employ creative strategies to obtain a favorable outcome.
An increasingly common form of white collar crime in this digital age, identity theft occurs when an imposter gains access to sensitive information such as the victim’s Social Security number. The goal? To pose as the victim and thereby secure access to his or her bank account or tax return. The South Carolina Code of Laws also references identity theft when an offender uses somebody else’s information to avoid identification by a police officer or secure employment. Offenders cannot use the crime’s occurrence in another state as defense.
WHY YOU NEED A SOUTH CAROLINA WHITE COLLAR LAWYER ON YOUR SIDE/
If you’ve been accused of committing white collar crime, it is imperative that you work with an attorney with experience in this niche area of criminal law. Your lawyer should understand not only the intricacies of federal and state tax law, but also the role of compassionate counsel in easing your fears. Your attorney should address your concerns patiently and let you know exactly what you can expect from each step in this stressful process. The better prepared you feel for court, the more likely you are to secure a favorable outcome.
There’s no reason to go it alone. The Leventis Law Firm could be an invaluable resource as you navigate the South Carolina criminal justice system. Call today to learn more about our criminal defense services — and to schedule a case consultation.