Many defendants do not believe that charges involving white collar crimes, such as fraud, embezzlement or larceny, need to be taken seriously, but nothing could be further from the truth. These accusations involve serious criminal charges, with significant penalties that can include years served in prison or very large fines. Understanding the nature of the charges as well as the possible defense options is critical to developing a strategy for protecting your rights as you navigate the court proceedings.
Just like for any other criminal charge, accusations of financial crimes must follow the same procedures, including arraignment, entering in a plea and the trial process if the defendant pleads not guilty. The trial itself may be quite lengthy and involve many different aspects. A criminal defense attorney can walk you through this process ahead of time so that you understand what is going to happen and are fully prepared as you go into the courtroom.
Legal counsel is also a must for those considering taking a plea bargain. While this does eliminate the time and uncertainty involved in a trial, it is critical that defendants are fully aware that they will forever have a conviction on their records and understand how this may affect their professional and personal lives moving forward.
If you have been accused of financial crimes, it's normal and expected to have many questions about what has happened and what is coming in the future. At Berman & Russo, we are prepared to give you the information and advice you need to navigate the weeks and months ahead.