If the authorities accuse you of a white-collar crime, it is crucial you realize the gravity of your situation. The penalties for these “victimless” crimes can often be more severe than those involving physical violence against someone.
Panicking could make your situation worse, so it is crucial to seek legal help to work out your best course of action.
There is no one way to defend against a white-collar crime
Working out the best defense option depends on many factors of your case, and you need to examine all avenues available. These may include:
- There was no intent: Let’s say you did something that benefited your or your company to the detriment of someone else. That alone is not enough. You need to have understood what you were doing and done it with the purpose of making illegal gains. It is easy to get involved without realizing it when following your boss’s orders.
- Someone forced you to do it: People can use various threats to get people to do things. For example, they could threaten you will lose your job, threaten to hurt you or threaten to release the compromising information they hold on you.
- You were set up: The police are not allowed to entrap you into committing a crime that you would not have done otherwise. So, for instance, an officer cannot infiltrate your company, ask you to do something illegal, then charge you for doing it.
- You were incapable of doing it: Mental illness could prevent you from understanding what you were doing was wrong. Alternatively, you might not have sufficient knowledge to carry out the alleged crime. Many financial crimes happen online. So if you struggle to work your microphone on the weekly Zoom meet, it is unlikely you are behind the technical online scam.
White-collar crime investigations often involve many people and several companies. While someone may have committed a crime, that does not mean you did, whatever the prosecution team thinks.