White Collar Crimes

Although most of us imagine Neal Caffrey and the rest of the cast of USA’s hit television show, white collar crime is a serious category and often denotes thousands, millions, even billions of dollars in stolen profits, property, intellectual rights, and so on. White collar crime is defined as a crime committed by a person ranking high in society, normally involving no violence or threat thereof. It is often lumped together with other corporate-based crimes, from embezzling to check fraud, since the two share so many common characteristics.

Typically speaking, white collar crime includes charges such as the following:

  • Fraud, bribery, money laundering, forgery, and embezzlement
  • Computer crimes, such as hacking or identity theft
  • Insider Trading and copyright infringement

White Collar Names You Might Recognize

There are many famous—or infamous—names made popular by Hollywood that are synonymous with white collar crime. One of the most famous is Frank Abagnale, made famous by Leonardo DiCaprio in Catch Me If You Can. Other memorable white collar criminals were invented by Hollywood but believable enough to be almost realistic, so often copied and probably immortalized, such as Danny Ocean (Ocean’s 11, 12, and 13) and Neal Caffrey (“White Collar,” USA channel).

Reality of White Collar Crime

Prisons and jails are full of criminals in the working class, men and women feeling no choice but to commit violent crimes, wind up with drug-related charges, or to find a way to steal what they cannot afford, from cars to cash. White collar criminals are no less dangerous, and probably more so if you consider the effects on the economy and more specifically businesses and society’s perception of morality. After all, if we think that we can get away with something, and it is glorified as receiving little or no actual jail time, we are probably more tempted to commit the crime.

It is critical that no one overlook the severity of these types of crimes, as United States lawmakers and law enforcement officials begin to crack down on white collar crimes in an effort to turn the tide back toward the law and ethical business dealings. Therefore, the consequences of committing these types of crimes are becoming harsher each year, in states like Alabama and Georgia, but also in the United States as a whole. Conviction can lead to hefty monetary fines, criminal restitution, long jail terms, and much more, depending on the individual and the case.

What a Conviction Could Mean For You…

The vast majority of white collar crimes are committed by first time offenders without any other criminal history. This leads many to believe that they will receive leniency, but this is an assumption with serious negative consequences. Whether you are convicted in criminal court or not, the people (or companies) that you have wronged still have the opportunity to seek justice in civil court, so you could still wind up paying massive penalties even if you do not go to jail for decades.

For instance, check fraud, one of the more common types of white collar crime, can carry a prison sentence of ten to twenty years, plus monetary fines or criminal restitution. In some cases, it becomes a federal investigation, meaning that you could face prison in a federal prison instead of state prison.

We Can Help!

The law is very specific regarding white collar crimes, and we understand these complexities and are experienced in dealing with these types of charges. Your future, and your potential financial success later in life, will likely depend on having someone to fight on your side, and that is what we do best. Over our twenty years of serving in the Auburn/Opelika area, we have defended thousands of clients, and have achieved a more than 90% success rate in delivering better-than-expected results in a variety of cases and charges.


About handlawfirm

Born September 12, 1964, Ben earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management degree from Auburn University in 1987 and a Juris Doctorate degree from Cumberland School of Law in 1990. Ben has been a practicing attorney since 1990 and spent six years in Central America. He is familiar with customs and conditions of the region and is fluent in Spanish. Ben established and is currently the Vice President of the Legal and Contracting with Emergency Response Training Systems, the only company to run military style software (jcats/acats) for training of civilian law enforcement (ERTS Opelika, Alabama). This also provides homeland security training for the Auburn University Homeland Security department. Ben Hand is the winner of various Who’s-Who Awards, the Republican of the year for 2001, and a Republican Nominee for the U.S. House in 1994. He is licensed to practice law in Alabama and Georgia. Ben founded Hand, Fellows and Associates law firm and is the founding member of the board of directors of Beacon University in Columbus, Georgia. Ben currently represents thirty-two different non-profit organizations in Alabama, Texas, Georgia and Tennessee. He is a business legal adviser to seventy-five different small businesses and corporations. Ben was hired by Chief of police, Terry Sanders, to represent him in a dispute with the Valley City Council in Valley, Alabama and was also hired by Chief of Police, Ben Brown, to represent him in negotiations with the Lanett City Council and the mayor of Lanett, Alabama. The former city attorney for Uniontown, Alabama, Ben is a city prosecutor for cities of Opelika and Roanoke in Alabama. Ben is a family court referee in Lee County, Alabama and was appointed by Governor Bob Riley as an Administrative Law Judge for State Health Planning and Development Agency. He successfully represented the State Republican party in Lee County during Governor Bob Riley’s election challenge 2002. Governor Bob Riley was elected by a narrow margin and the outgoing Governor challenged the election. Ben was asked by Governor Riley to represent him in Lee County. Governor Riley won and the challenge was dropped by the outgoing Governor. Ben was a guest lecturer for the Auburn University Safe House. He instructed the local law enforcement and Domestic Violence counselors on obtaining protection from abuse orders. Ben was a guest lecturer for Auburn University SOAR for lawyers and realtors on construction law. He is an elder at Believers Church in Auburn, AL and on the board of directors for the Spirit of Life Church in Murfreesboro, TN. Ben is a Gideon speaker and member since 1992 and a Municipal Judge in Wedowee, Alabama since 1995. Ben%2
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