Written By: Robert King, Esq.
Legal Review By: Greg Colavecchia, Esq.
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White Collar Crimes Attorney in Rochester

Being investigated for a white collar crime? Get experienced defense!

White-collar crimes are any type of non-violent crime that is financially motivated in nature. These offenses are often committed by business people but almost anyone can be charged with a white-collar crime.

While these crimes do not always carry penalties as steep as those associated with a violent crime, a conviction for a white-collar crime can be devastating, nonetheless. Some white-collar crimes may result in additional charges of a felony crime or a theft crime as well. If you have been arrested, or you know that you are under investigation for a white-collar crime, immediately contact a Rochester criminal defense attorney from King Law.

What is considered a “white collar crime”?

If you are being investigated for a white-collar offense or have been charged recently, it is critical to begin working with a Rochester criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. White-collar offenses can vary in terms of their severity and associated penalties, yet all white-collar crimes are taken extremely seriously by investigators and prosecutors. Indeed, although white-collar offenses are non-violent in nature that typically involve financial crimes, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) emphasizes that “these are not victimless crimes” and underscores how a “single scam can destroy a company, devastate families by wiping out their life savings, or cost investors billions of dollars.” Accordingly, penalties for white-collar offenses are severe, and you need to do everything you can to avoid a conviction.

Each case is unique, and depending on the circumstances of your arrest, the crime that you were arrested for, and your past criminal record, the outcome of your particular case may be different. An attorney can help determine the best course of legal action to take.

There are a variety of different types of offenses that can be considered as white-collar crimes, and King Law may be able to help if you are accused of any of the following:

Cybercrimes and internet crimes

Money laundering



Identity theft




Ponzi schemes


The following are five things to know when you are facing white-collar crimes charges or being investigated for a white-collar offense.

  1. Many Different Types of White Collar Criminal Offenses Can Be Charged

There are many different kinds of offenses that fit into the category of white-collar crime, including but not limited to fraud, public corruption, embezzlement, identity theft, money laundering, and many types of internet crimes.

  1. You Can Face Charges for White Collar Crimes Under State or Federal Law

You should be aware that you may face white collar crime charges under either New York law or federal law, and depending upon the specific offense, you could ultimately face charges under both state and federal law. Many types of fraud are prosecuted as federal offenses because they involve interstate commerce, but there are also numerous kinds of white-collar offenses that violate state law and can result in related or similar charges.

  1. Penalties for a White Collar Crime Conviction Are Severe 

You should never assume that penalties for a white-collar conviction will be less severe than penalties for a violent offense. In fact, the opposite is often true. Given that white-collar crime is taken so seriously, the penalties are extremely severe. For example, if you are convicted of bank fraud, you could face a prison sentence of up to 30 years and a fine of up to $1,000,000. Convictions for mail or wire fraud carry a possible prison sentence of up to 20 years.

  1. Various Defense Strategies May Be Applicable to Your Case

Many different types of defense strategies may be applicable to your case, including but not limited to: lack of intent, coercion or duress, or entrapment. Your defense strategy will need to be tailored to the particular facts of your case and the elements of the offense.

  1. You Need a White Collar Criminal Defense Attorney on Your Side

You should always work with a white-collar criminal defense lawyer in Rochester who can help you to fight the charges you are facing.

All of these different crimes carry a different penalty, but you will almost always be forced to pay a fine and may be sentenced to jail. People convicted of a white-collar crime can receive a permanent criminal record and may be forced to serve community service and probation.

Dedicated Legal Representation

Have you been arrested for a white-collar crime? Is a loved one facing a criminal offense? It is absolutely vital that you retain the aggressive defense of King Law. At the firm, your entire case can be investigated and the utmost diligence is given to every case to ensure you receive the best possible outcome. Some white-collar situations have a lack of hard evidence, but by retaining King Law, you can be assured that all necessary steps will be taken to help you have your case dismissed or rejected.

If you have questions or concerns, contact a Rochester white collar crime lawyer from King Law today by completing an online free case evaluation form.