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b2ap3_thumbnail_chicago-white-collar-defense-lawyer.jpgThe term “white collar crime” started gaining popularity in the 1930s. Crimes involving fraud for financial gain are often referred to as white collar crimes because these offenses are often committed by business professionals. Unlike violent offenses, the motivation behind white collar crimes like wire fraud and identity theft is typically financial in nature. Many white collar crimes are prosecuted by the federal government. A conviction for a federal white collar crime can lead to serious criminal consequences, including substantial prison time.

If you or a loved one were charged with a federal offense involving fraud, identity theft, embezzlement, money laundering, or conspiracy, contact a federal crimes defense lawyer for help right away. Your attorney can evaluate your case and determine the best defense strategy moving forward.

How to Defend Yourself Against White Collar Criminal Offenses

Whatever the nature of an offense, the first defense strategy is the same: Assert your right to remain silent. A shocking number of educated professionals end up incriminating themselves because they speak to police without their attorneys present. If you are arrested for a white collar offense, do not let police interrogate you. Ask for your lawyer and then say nothing.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_chicago-drug-crimes-defense-attorney.jpgDrug laws have changed dramatically throughout the last few decades. More and more states have legalized medicinal and recreational marijuana. Some states are even legalizing psilocybin mushrooms. However, there are still multiple state and federal laws regulating drug possession, manufacture, and sale. Violating federal drug laws can lead to significant criminal penalties, including years behind bars.

Moving Drugs Across State Lines Can Lead to Federal Charges

Drug crimes vary dramatically in terms of punishments and prison sentences. The amount of the substance and the type of substance determine the severity of drug possession charges. Manufacturing or cultivating drugs is usually penalized more harshly than simple possession. Transporting drugs may also be punished severely, especially if drugs are transported across state lines.

Many people do not realize the significance of their actions when they transport drugs across state lines. This is especially true of substances like cannabis which may be purchased legally in some states. However, even if you purchase cannabis legally in a state like Illinois which has legalized the recreational use of cannabis, you cannot take the drug out of the state. Remember, marijuana is still considered an illegal substance under federal law. Furthermore, it is classified as a Schedule I drug, which means that the penalties associated with a cannabis-related federal drug crime are high.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_chicago-federal-crimes-attorney.jpgFederal criminal offenses are generally considered to be more severe than state-level offenses. The penalties for federal crimes are often severe, involving years or even decades in prison. If you have received a subpoena from a grand jury, you may understandably feel confused and panicked. You may be unsure of what this means and how you should respond.

If you have received a grand jury subpoena, it means that the federal government believes that you have information related to a federal criminal case. It is very important to understand your rights and obligations in this situation. It is even more important to retain a skilled federal criminal defense lawyer who can advocate on your behalf and give you the personalized legal guidance you need.

Types of Grand Jury Subpoenas

Grand jury subpoenas are legal tools used by the government to gather evidence during the investigation or prosecution of a crime.

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Working from home and online jobs are more popular than ever. Unfortunately, many scammers are taking advantage of this situation by offering seemingly legitimate jobs that are actually money laundering schemes. The FBI and BBB have warned of these scams and explained to job-seekers that getting caught up in these scams can even lead to federal charges.

Moving Money or Packages for a Third Party May Lead to Money Laundering Changes

Many people are looking for jobs they can complete from the comfort of their own home or car. Unfortunately, not all job listings are from legitimate employers. One common scam involves inspecting and delivering packages. The individual is asked to receive packages and then re-label the packages and ship them elsewhere. What the package inspector may not know is that the packages were purchased using stolen credit card information and they are simply a middleman in an illegal scheme. Anyone participating in a scam like this could face criminal charges for money laundering or conspiracy.

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Chicago federal criminal defense attorneyMost students have little choice but to take out student loans. College, let alone graduate school, can be wildly expensive. Gone are the days when a student could work their way through college with a part-time job. For most, taking out federal student loans is the only way they can hope to access higher education. However, students and their families must be careful when filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Providing inaccurate information could lead to criminal charges, as could misusing student loan funds. This type of fraud is nearly always handled at the federal level. If you are facing charges for student loan fraud, it is important that you work closely with a skilled federal criminal defense attorney. 

What Actions Can Lead to Fraud Charges Relating to Student Loans?

It is easier than you may think to find yourself charged with fraud after applying for or receiving student loan funds. A conviction could lead to prison time, and you could lose educational opportunities in the future. Colleges may be very reluctant to admit someone who has this type of conviction on their record. Even finding employment may be difficult. 

These types of situations can lead to fraud allegations: 

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