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What are common defenses to white collar crimes?

On Behalf of | Jul 20, 2018 | Firm News, White Collar Criminal Defense

White collar crime is crime committed in the business world and does not involve any type of violence. It has been present for decades and continues to this day. Most white collar crimes are committed in an effort to gain something financially. White collar crimes include embezzlement, fraud, money laundering, tax evasion and Ponzi schemes. What are common defenses to white collar crimes?

A common defense to a white collar crime charge is claiming entrapment. Entrapment occurs when a law enforcement officer coerces or intimidates a subject into committing a crime that he or she likely would not have committed. In order for this defense to work, there must be used of force, fraud or threats present.

If your crime was committed in conjunction with the plaintiffs of the case, you can use the defense that the victims are also guilty. For example, if you were part of a group that committed the white collar crime, make sure you have evidence to provide the court that shows the victims also took part in the crime.

You might also be able to use the defense known as showing a lack of intent. If you truly did not intend to deceive someone, and have evidence to prove this, you might be able to avoid a conviction of the charges filed against you.

Coercion is another defense used with white collar crime charges. Coercion occurs when you are forced by someone else to forge a document or commit a crime against your will.

Building a defense to a white collar crime charge in Kentucky can be daunting. Don’t go it alone or else you could risk your freedom. Building a defense to this type of criminal charge is important so that you don’t wind up facing years in prison or hefty fines.