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White Collar Crime Lawyers Oklahoma

Not all crimes are directly a result of a violent act. Some are more intangible in nature in terms of physical harm, but nonetheless represent serious crimes in the eyes of the law. There is an entire body of criminal acts that could be considered along these lines, and they are often referred to as ‘white collar’ crimes. Generally, white collar crimes involve money, threats, fraud, deceit and many other things, and Oklahoma is a jurisdiction that treats these offenses harshly.

Additionally, many white collar crimes become federal in nature given the nature of the acts involved, especially if the furtherance of the crime involves crossing state lines. Regardless, anyone who faces prosecution for the commission of white collar crimes has a serious problem, which is why if you are in such a situation, you need to contact Privett Law immediately to schedule an initial consultation. The firm possesses a wealth of experience in defending those accused of white collar crimes, and you need to assert your rights as soon as possible.

Fraud-Related White Collar Crimes

One way in which white collar crimes in Oklahoma can be loosely categorized would be to describe several offenses that involve fraud. Fraud is basically an act or omission that constitutes deceit of another, and fraud almost always involves money in some way. Some examples of fraud include:

  • Securities fraud
  • Bank fraud
  • Credit card fraud
  • Mail fraud
  • Forgery
  • Tax fraud
  • Computer fraud

Again, these are only a few examples, and the underlying commonality with each of them is that the defendant would be accused of deceiving another such that the defendant obtains unwarranted financial gain at the expense of another. The victim can be an individual, a group of individuals, a company, banks and even the state and federal governments. Almost every fraud-related crime is treated as a felony in both state and federal courts, and any of the crimes listed above could be tried in state or federal court, depending on whether any of the fraudulent transactions occurred over state lines.

Theft-Related White Collar Crimes

Another loose category that could be used to describe the different forms of white collar crimes in Oklahoma would be those that are theft-related. These crimes involve more of a direct and non-consensual taking of funds from another party for the purpose of financial gain, and some of these crimes can involve at least a threat of violence in certain situations.

  • Counterfeiting
  • Identity theft
  • Embezzlement
  • Corruption
  • Forgery
  • Money laundering
  • Tax evasion

Again, like those white collar crimes listed above, any of these theft-related crimes can be prosecuted as a felony either in Oklahoma courts or in federal court, depending on the nature of the acts alleged. Stiff prison terms are generally advised of judges upon a conviction of any of these crimes, and even after a convicted defendant is released from prison, the chances of ever holding a job that’s related to this type of work is almost non-existent.

Your Legal Rights in Oklahoma

As you see, any of these white collar crimes are serious situations to encounter. Any of them can carry prison terms ranging from one year to life in prison, depending on the nature of the acts involved in completing the crime, which is why you owe it to yourself and those you love to protect your future as vigorously as possible.

Luckily, the prosecution often faces a difficult task in proving any of these crimes beyond a reasonable doubt, which is the standard that’s required in order for anyone to be convicted. Given the very nature of the actions involved, you also have a potential advantage working for you in that the facts surrounding white collar crimes allegations are often extremely complicated.

Regardless of these so-called ‘advantages,’ you can be assured of several realities:

  • The government has already gathered enough evidence to begin the prosecution;
  • The government is a relentless opponent;
  • Conviction rates, particularly in federal courts, are high;
  • This process will not stop and wait for you to retain an attorney.

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Perhaps the last point deserves the most emphasis. When you are arrested and processed, you’ll be told that you have a right to an attorney. You simply MUST exercise that right immediately as well as exercise your right to silence until your attorney can get directly involved and help steer you through this process.

You have no time to lose. Contact Privett Law today to schedule an immediate initial consultation.