Although violent crimes attract most of the media attention, white collar crimes represent a major segment of the cases handled in state and federal courts and can result in serious penalties for those accused of these crimes. White collar crimes include but are not limited to the following offenses:
Computer fraud and Internet crimes
Accounting fraud and embezzlement
Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid fraud
Mortgage and real estate fraud
Securities fraud and insider trading
Offenses charged under RICO
These charges are diverse and encompass a wide range of criminal activities. In most cases, federal and state investigative agencies spend months or years building cases against defendants for these white collar crimes; as a result, a knowledgeable Houston criminal defense lawyer is an absolute necessity when facing these charges.
In the state of Texas, many white collar criminal investigations and prosecutions are managed by the Criminal Investigations Division of the Office of the Attorney General (OAG). The Cyber Crimes Unit specializes in online child solicitation cases and frequently engages in undercover activities on the Internet in which law enforcement officers pose as children to identify predators in the online environment. The OAG maintains field offices in Houston and has established close ties with the Houston Cyber Crime Task Force to investigate and prosecute all types of computer crime in the city.
The OAG is tasked with investigating large scale cases of fraud, money laundering, and other white-collar crimes in the state of Texas. These investigations typically span an extended period of time and may involve other law enforcement agencies at the local, state, and federal levels. In some cases, the OAG may refer cases to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) or the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for further investigation and prosecution for offenses that have taken place in more than one state or country.
If you or someone you know is being investigated or has already been charged with a white- collar crime at the state or federal level, enlisting the professional help of a Houston criminal defense lawyer can provide added protection against these charges and may allow for a plea arrangement, dismissal, or reduced charges to be negotiated. Almost all white-collar crimes are prosecuted as felonies and carry severe penalties if you are convicted for these offenses. Retaining the services of a knowledgeable and experienced Houston criminal attorney is your best bet for achieving a favorable outcome for the charges against you.
Matthew Gallagher has experience in defending clients charged with crimes at both the federal and state levels. He has a proven track record of success in achieving favorable outcomes and focuses on thinking outside the box to find new avenues for defending these cases. If you have been arrested or are currently under investigation for white-collar crimes, Matthew Gallagher can provide you with aggressive and effective representation against your criminal case.