Maybe your employer accuses you of embezzlement, a claim that surprises you, or perhaps you undergo questioning by federal agents because they think they can connect you to a wire fraud ring. You know you haven’t profited from any kind of organized illegal financial activity, but you worry that you could end up incarcerated.
Allegations of white-collar criminal offenses may lead to a protracted and stressful investigation process and possibly criminal charges, often at the federal level. Those recently arrested for financial crimes or who anticipate an arrest in the near future will need to start thinking about how they plan to defend themselves against those accusations in criminal court.
Reviewing the evidence is typically the first step
Those accused of financial crimes will typically need to mount a thorough defense to prove they did not play a role in illegal financial activity. Talking with a criminal defense attorney familiar with these kinds of crimes will be an important first step when someone learns about an investigation.
Hiring a forensic accountant to review financial statements is also frequently necessary for those implicated in a fraud crime. Forensic accountants analyze financial records to locate lost assets or identify the likely people involved. What they uncover when reviewing your personal or business records could potentially provide the basis for a defense strategy.
State and federal prosecutors must give criminal defendants and their attorneys access to the evidence that they will present in court. Such access can provide the basis for a defense strategy. Reviewing the evidence against you and the means that investigators employed to collect that evidence can help you plan a white-collar criminal defense strategy.