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White collar crimes defense is often complex, and involves numerous complicated legal and factual issues. The possible penalties include fines, prison sentences, restitution and criminal forfeiture. If you have been charged with a white collar crime, it is essential that you seek legal counsel from an experienced New Orleans white collar crimes defense attorney immediately so that you can preserve your rights and protect your future.
The investigation of white collar crimes can be a long, involved process, and may go on for months or years. Quite often, the prosecutor will use a grand jury to investigate and gather information in many federal crimes cases. A New Orleans criminal defense attorney should become involved in the matter as early as possible. Some white collar crime clients have unknowingly damaged their case by something they said or did in the early stages of an investigation before they even knew that they were the target of the investigation. A criminal defense attorney should be consulted before any meeting with law enforcement is arranged.
Winning white collar crime cases requires a winning trial strategy. Sometimes, after a person is charged with a crime, the charges will be dropped as a result of the defense attorney's negotiations with the prosecutor. In other cases, the prosecutor will agree to drop the more serious charges if the defendant agrees to plead guilty to lesser charges, or to cooperate with an ongoing investigation. Regardless of the outcome, it is fundamental that your criminal defense attorney treat every case from the outset as a case that will go to trial. Our defense team will zealously represent the client in court, attempting to prove to the jury that the prosecutor cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the client committed the crime. Of course, whether we go to trial or accept a plea bargain is always the client's decision in the end.