Being investigated for a white collar crime such as fraud, money laundering, embezzlement, or tax evasion can be a stressful, frightening, and confusing experience. While you could allow the criminal justice process to take its course, mere accusations can lead to irreparable damage to your professional reputation and personal life—even before stepping foot inside a courtroom.
Since state or federal white collar crime investigations can take months or years to complete, you have an opportunity to protect your rights, reputation, and freedom—before there law enforcement issue a warrant for your arrest.
The following are several steps to take if you are accused of a white collar crime:
- Hire an attorney – Once you learn you are being investigated; you must hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer to provide legal advice to properly deal with investigators. Your attorney can review your case, determine if there are any weaknesses in the prosecution’s case, and create an effective and personalized defense strategy to either reduce your charges or get your entire case dismissed.
- Understand the potential evidence the prosecution has against you – By understanding the strengths of the prosecution’s case, you and your lawyer can figure out your available defense options.
- Protect yourself – Investigators have the power to freeze and seize your bank accounts or other assets to be used as evidence against you. Ask your lawyer about the best way to protect your assets and take the legal steps to keep your accounts from being taken by the government.
- Do not speak to investigators – If investigators reach out to you, remember that any statements you make can be used against you. They are hoping to elicit incriminating statements, despite acting friendly or nice in person or over the phone. Whenever you are questioned, always invoke your right to have your lawyer present.
If you have been accused of committing a white collar crime in Boston, MA, contact Brad Bailey Law today at (617) 500-0252 and request a free case review.