White collar criminal investigations involve serious charges — your finances, your freedom, and your future may be at risk. This is the time to contact Griffin Durham Tanner & Clarkson. Our experienced white collar defense attorneys have successfully defended many high-powered company executives, professionals, and elected officials throughout the nation. We have the well-honed skills needed to protect you through government investigations, subpoenas, and litigation.
What Is White Collar Crime?
The term “white collar crime” is used to describe alleged criminal conduct occurring in business, professional, or government. Most often, these allegations involve fraud, theft, or some violation of trust. The Federal Bureau of Investigation leads many investigations into white collar crime.
White collar criminal investigations are different from other types of criminal investigations — the agencies and prosecutors are generally specialists, who can draw on nearly limitless pools of investigators, auditors, and examiners. Below are some of the types of white collar crime we deal with regularly:
- Antitrust crimes (e.g. fixing prices, rigging bids)
- Bank Fraud
- Bankruptcy Fraud
- Bid Rigging
- Cyber crime (phishing scams, online harassment, cyberstalking, computer trespass)
- Defense procurement fraud
- Drug diversion
- Environmental violations
- Identity Theft
- Insider trading
- Money laundering
- Public corruption by local, state or federal officials and abetting private citizens
- RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act) violations
- Securities fraud
- Small Business Administration (SBA) fraud
- Tax fraud
- Mail fraud/wire fraud
It is important to note that some investigations may involve multiple crimes.
White Collar Investigations
Attorneys with Griffin Durham have a long history of persuading prosecutors and agencies to quietly end government crime investigations without filing charges against their clients.
Oftentimes, an individual will not know they are under investigation until it has progressed to an advanced stage. When the government shifts from a “covert” investigation to an “overt” investigation, they can use several tools, including:
- Search warrants
- Target letters
- Grand jury subpoenas
- Administrative subpoenas
- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) Subpoenas
- Requests for interview
If you receive this or any other form of notice from the Department of Justice or other state or federal law enforcement agencies, you need immediate and experienced representation. Early intervention in any potential investigation allows us to aggressively protect your interests before the government’s investigation further develops. We will immediately come up with a strategy to protect you or your business. Early intervention allows us to persuade the Government to cease its investigation or, if necessary, negotiate favorable resolutions and settlements before the Government brings formal charges.
White Collar Convictions Have Serious Consequences
If you are convicted of a white collar crime, your life will be seriously impacted. This is why you need the excellent white collar crime defense our team will provide. The lawyers of Griffin Durham Tanner & Clarkson know all too well the harsh penalties you face. Financial crimes are investigated by agencies like the FBI, the IRS, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the U.S. Secret Service — agencies that don’t fool around. Convictions for white collar crime can result in:
- Imprisonment for up to 30 years
- Heavy fines
- Court costs and legal fees
- Restitution and/or forfeiture
Beyond these legal consequences, white collar crime convictions frequently affect:
- Present and future employment
- Professional licensing
- Immigration status
- Child custody and visitation
As you can see, the consequences of a conviction for a white collar crime can damage nearly every aspect of your life. This is why you need aggressive advocacy by white collar defense attorneys with outstanding litigation skills.
Steps Griffin Durham Tanner & Clarkson Will Take to Defend You
Whether you have been arrested, received a target letter from the Department of Justice, or served with a summons notifying you of an indictment or criminal complaint, you should contact us immediately so that we can begin taking the necessary steps to protect your rights. Once we meet with you, will immediately begin crafting viable defenses to fight the government’s charges.
Because of your vulnerability to such damaging penalties, you need strong, aggressive legal advocates who understand which tactics will work best in your particular situation. You can count on our lawyers to listen carefully to your concerns, answer your questions frankly, investigate your case thoroughly, and bring in any necessary witnesses and experts who may provide testimony favorable to your defense.
Early intervention may provide us with the opportunity to persuade government investigators to drop all charges or even to negotiate favorable resolutions even before formal charges are brought. Our white collar criminal defense team has a history of successful outcomes. Depending on the complexities of your case and the weight of evidence against you, a positive outcome may consist of:
- Preventing charges from being filed
- Having all charges dismissed
- Negotiating a plea agreement
- Go to trial
Contact Our Experienced Georgia White Collar Criminal Defense Attorney Today
At Griffin Durham Tanner & Clarkson, we are ready to go to trial. Our attorneys have tried major white collar criminal cases – we will never shy away from a fight to protect your interests. Whatever the circumstances, we are dedicated to taking your side and fighting with all our strength to bring your case to a favorable conclusion. Contact us now for a consultation regarding your case.