Aggressive Tennessee White Collar Crime Lawyers
When you’ve been charged with a white collar crime, we’re on your side
The Federal Bureau of Investigation defines any illicit activity that involves lying, cheating or stealing as white collar crime. Also known as non-violent crime, it is usually committed in order to obtain money without physically harming anyone. The experienced Murfreesboro criminal defense attorneys at Kidwell, South, Beasley & Haley provide comprehensive defense for clients charged with white collar crimes.
Examples of common white collar crimes in Tennessee
State law prohibits people from engaging in certain conduct strictly for monetary or fiscal gain. This includes theft of trade secrets and theft of services. Other examples include some Internet or computer crimes, money laundering and extortion. The most common offenses that can also be classified as white collar crimes are:
- Illegal possession of a credit or debit card – When someone takes and uses the card without the owner’s permission, or takes or uses information on the card without permission.
- Fraudulent use of a credit or debit card – When someone deliberately uses or authorizes the use of a stolen, forged or expired debit or credit card or the information on that card for financial gain.
- Theft of property – When someone purposefully takes something knowing that it belongs to someone else without the owner’s knowledge or permission.
- Forgery – When someone changes, creates or copies certain items or written documents in order to obtain goods or money.
Punishment upon conviction includes incarceration and fines
The absence of physical force during the commission of white collar crimes does not mean the criminal justice system takes them less seriously. In fact, several crimes included in this category are felony offenses in Tennessee. Here are some examples:
- Theft of property and theft of services are felonies if the material or services obtained are worth at least $500. As the value of the property or services increases, the felony classifications and range of punishment also increases.
- Depending on the circumstances, money laundering is either a Class B felony, punishable upon conviction by eight to 30 years behind bars and a maximum fine of $25,000; or a Class E felony. A Class E felony carries a sentence of one to six years in prison and a maximum fine of $3,000.
- Extortion is a Class D felony. Punishment ranges from two to 12 years in prison and a maximum fine of $5,000.
Don’t hesitate if you’ve been charged with a white collar crime – contact our experienced Murfreesboro criminal defense attorneys immediately
At Kidwell, South, Beasley & Haley, our Murfreesboro criminal defense attorneys know just how serious these charges are – and how to fight them. It is crucial that you get a qualified attorney as soon as possible. Call us at (615) 893-1331or contact us online to schedule an appointment now.