Have you been accused of a white collar crime in Boca Raton, Palm Beach or Delray Beach? If so, you probably have many questions about how to secure a criminal defense and what can be expected from the Palm Beach or South Florida Federal criminal justice system.
The Palm Beach County white collar defense lawyers at Whittel & Melton are available at (561) 367-8777 to answer your questions, but we have also included the answers to some frequently asked questions for your convenience.Frequently Asked Questions
Is it true that the FBI might be involved in my case? This is a possibility, particularly if your crime is a federal offense. Many white collar crimes, when they involve interstate transactions or crimes involving federal property, are federal offenses and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) may become involved.
I just found out that I'm under investigation for a crime, but no charges have been filed. What can I do? Even at this point, it is important to consult an attorney regarding your situation. This is a preventative measure that may be able to help you avoid having charges filed against you at all.
What is a "white collar" crime? These are offenses, usually non-violent, which involve fraud, theft or other crimes committed by a business person or an individual in a corporate environment. Bankruptcy fraud, mail fraud, identity theft, money laundering and counterfeiting are all white collar crimes.
What makes a crime a federal offense? When a crime is committed which involves trespassing or destroying federal property, this is a federal offense. Interstate crimes are also classified as federal offenses and are investigated and prosecuted by federal agencies.
What penalties will I face if convicted of a white collar crime? This will depend upon your specific charges, but often will include imprisonment in a Florida state prison, large fines, restitution and more.
How can an attorney help me with my case? An attorney offers you protection. Your attorney will safeguard your constitutional rights throughout the entire criminal process and will argue your case in court to help the jury see your side of the story and prove that you are not guilty.
At the Law Offices of Whittel & Melton, we are committed to helping those accused of white collar crimes throughout Florida.