Farmington Hills White Collar Crime Attorney
Financial Crime Defense in Oakland County & All of Michigan
If you have been accused of or charged with a white collar crime, you need to choose a defense attorney quickly. The prosecutor is already building a case against you, so it is vital to get help from an Oakland County white collar defense attorney as soon as possible. The sooner you speak with an attorney, the sooner you'll be able to fight the prosecution's case against you.
No matter how innocent you may be, talking to the police will not help you. The police's job is to gather evidence that you committed a crime and make that evidence available to a prosecutor. A prosecutor is intent on getting a conviction for the most serious charge possible. Neither of them is acting in your interest, and they will not be convinced to drop the case except through one thing: if their case is weakened by a seasoned defense lawyer. Talk to no one except your attorney.
"How Did I Commit White Collar Crime? I Don't Know What That Is!"
White collar is a general category rather than a hard-and-fast rule. In general, white collar crime is any nonviolent crime that is financially motivated. The term typically applies to criminals of high social status or high-income individuals, but that's usually because the only people who can commit white collar crime are in high-level positions. However, crimes like forgery can be committed by anyone.
When it comes to crimes like copyright infringement, insider trading, or wage theft, it is possible to accidentally commit these crimes. Situations, where you're certain that you've done nothing wrong, makes it even more vital to call an attorney; in these situations, the evidence against you might be predicated on a wrongful presumption or a misleading piece of evidence.
Michigan Penalties for White Collar Crime
Penalties for conviction vary wildly when it comes to white collar crime. You could be facing fines, restitution, house arrest, and forfeitures; you could also be facing decades of imprisonment. It ultimately depends on what specific crime you were charged with.
For instance, tax evasion has a single penalty if you're found guilty: up to 5 years in prison and fines up to $250,000. Money laundering, if convicted in federal court, results in either $500,000 in fines or double the amount of laundered money, whichever is larger. It often comes with at least a year of prison time, but can be sentenced up to 35 years. Committing insurance fraud by fabricating a loss comes with up to 20 years in prison, depending on the amount of money defrauded.
The key to avoiding these penalties is a combination of weakening the state's case and providing counter-evidence of our your own. Having a lawyer with a skill for strategy and case preparation is especially important in these cases. If you want to avoid maximum penalties, then you need an attorney with a history of investigating these cases.
Why Call My Michigan White Collar Crimes Defense Firm?
A white collar defense attorney must be a gifted investigator, able to unearth facts and information that other investigators overlook. This may cause the prosecutor to lessen the charge or drop it altogether. I, Daniel D. Hajji, Attorney at Law, have successfully represented numerous clients arrested for white collar crimes since 2002. My firm understands what it takes to win these cases, what evidence to look for, and what mistakes the prosecutors often make. My experience and resources equip me to immediately begin developing your defense while weakening the state's case.
I've successfully represented clients charged with:
- Identity theft
- Tax evasion
- Money laundering
- Retail fraud
- Insurance fraud
- Bank fraud
- Mortgage fraud
- Credit card fraud
What sets me apart is my commitment to a strong client-attorney relationship. My philosophy is simple: a lawyer and his or her client should work as a team. A team effort is always more creative and effective than a single individual acting alone. That's why I handle every criminal defense case myself from end-to-end, allowing me to become deeply familiar with each client's goals and needs.
Additionally, that's why each of my clients gets my direct phone number. It's my professional duty to keep you informed and be available. That's why I don't screen calls or give my number to 'certain' clients; everyone I work with has the ability to contact me when they need to. It's an approach to client service that large law firms don't believe in anymore, but my firm does. That's what's made my firm one of the heavyweight criminal defenders in Oakland County since 2002. I help those in Farmington Hills, Bloomfield, Troy, Southfield, Rochester Hills, Pontiac, Royal Oak, Novi, and all surrounding areas.
Call me for a free consultation at (248) 599-0054. We’ll explore your options and begin building your defense.