If you face an investigation or pending criminal charge for a white-collar crime, you may not know what actions you should take. The first thing you should know is that allegations of white-collar offenses are widespread. According to Oxford Research Encyclopedias, the FTC saw over three million consumer complaints about such activities in 2015. If you are the target of such an accusation, it can be a confusing, stressful and intimidating process.
We don't mince words on our St. Louis criminal defense website at Frank, Juengel & Radefeld when we cite some notable differences that exist between the state and federal criminal realms.
The heavy hitters are hitting heavily when it comes to their reported focus on fraud probes and convictions in Missouri and nationally. A recent Accounting Today article spotlighting "the latest fraud trends and how [law enforcers] are combatting them" stresses a combined effort undertaken by various national agencies that target criminal activity.
Much of the subject matter that is writ large in the above piece is decidedly in the white collar realm. It stresses activity ranging from cryptocurrency scams on the dark web to fraudulent securities-linked schemes.
Serving time in prison is a period for many criminals in Missouri to reevaluate their life and identify areas where they can make positive changes that will allow them to live a better life once they are released from prison. One of the things they can do is to get a job that will allow them to sustain themselves, learn new skills and interact with people in a healthy social setting. However, when an employer sees that a person has previously been convicted of a crime, they may be skeptical to hire that person before even allowing an interview. Despite the odds, people who work hard can eventually find employment that will bring with it invaluable opportunities to change and grow.
We noted in our immediately preceding blog post the "plea bargain versus going to trial" calculus that goes on in legions of instances daily across the country. We underscored in our August 7 entry at the established St. Louis criminal defense firm of Frank, Juengel & Radefeld the "thought process ... and related considerations" that play out in a trial-or-plea analysis.