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Austin, Texas White-Collar Crime Defense Lawyer

Georgetown criminal defense lawyer for computer and internet crimes

Attorney for Federal Fraud and Computer Crimes in Travis County, Hays County, Williamson County, and Midland County

Criminal activity can take many forms, and crimes do not always fit the stereotypical image of a person directly harming someone else through theft or assault. In some cases, the alleged criminal activity takes place in a professional setting, or it may involve the transfer of funds or the illegal use of computer systems. Offenses of this nature are known as white-collar crimes, and even though they may not always be as obvious as other types of crimes, they can still result in serious consequences, especially when they are prosecuted at the federal level.

The criminal defense lawyers of Morales Law Office, Attorneys at Law, PLLC. have represented clients in a wide variety of cases, including those involving allegations of white-collar crimes. We will help you understand the nature of the charges you are facing, and we will work with you to determine the best defense strategies to help you avoid a conviction or obtain a reduced sentence. We have more than 50 years of combined experience defending clients in criminal cases, and we will do what it takes to help you achieve a positive outcome to your situation.

Types of White-Collar Crimes

In white-collar criminal cases, a person will often be accused of committing offenses of a financial nature. Depending on the extent of the alleged criminal activity, the amount of money involved, the number of people who were affected, and other factors, agencies such as the FBI or SEC may be involved in an investigation, and federal charges may apply.

White-collar crimes can take a variety of forms, including:

  • Fraud - Offenses that fall under this category typically involve some form of deception that results in financial gain. Securities fraud may involve misrepresenting information to investors or falsifying business records. Insurance fraud may include making false claims to insurance companies or other schemes meant to obtain improper payouts of insurance benefits. Fraud may also include Ponzi schemes, embezzlement committed by an employee against their employer, forgery of checks or other financial documents, or deceptive business practices.
  • Computer and internet crimes - Use of computer systems or networks to steal money or information or cause harm to a person or organization can result in criminal charges. Computer crimes may involve illegally accessing protected computer systems (commonly known as "hacking") or using viruses or malware to destroy information or cause financial damage to a person or business. Other internet crimes may include identity theft, extortion, or possession or distribution of child pornography.
  • Money laundering - It is illegal for a person or organization to attempt to conceal the source of money that was obtained through criminal activity, making it appear as if it was earned through legitimate business activities. Money laundering often occurs alongside drug crimes, but it may also be used for money obtained through fraud, theft, bribery, prostitution, or other crimes. Because money laundering often involves moving money through bank accounts in multiple states or different countries, it will often result in federal criminal charges.

Contact Our Williamson County Financial Crimes Attorneys

Allegations related to white-collar crimes often involve complex financial records and information, technical matters related to computer systems and internet activity, and victims located in multiple different jurisdictions. To ensure that these issues are addressed correctly when defending against state or federal criminal charges, you need a skilled criminal defense attorney on your side. Contact Morales Law Office, Attorneys at Law, PLLC. today at 512-474-2222 or 432-570-1499 to set up a free consultation and get the defense you deserve. We assist with criminal cases in Austin, Odessa, Midland, Georgetown, Travis County, Williamson County, Ector County, Midland County, and Hays County. Hablamos Español.

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