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What To Do When You Are Accused Of White Collar Crimes

White collar crime charges often start off as rumors and reviews of irregularities in accounting at a company or nonprofit organization. Were you accused of fraud or embezzlement in the context of your position of leadership over financial resources at your job or community organization? Do not let a day go by without getting legal advice and advocacy.

Some people who get caught up in white collar crime cases postpone taking action on the belief that the accusations will fade away. This rarely happens. If you or the accounts you are responsible for are under investigation, you should get legal counsel now.

At Johnston, Stannard, Klesner, Burbidge & Fitzgerald, P.L.C., we have helped clients get white collar crime cases resolved without charges being filed at all. A resolution may include restitution if funds are missing without explanation.

The Financially-Oriented Criminal Charges We Handle

Our clients in Iowa City and elsewhere in Johnson County come to us after they have been accused or arrested on suspicion of:

  • Embezzlement: Misappropriating funds from a business or employer
  • Fraud: Using deceptive practices for financial gain
  • Tax evasion: Using unlawful strategies to avoid paying taxes
  • Money laundering: Making money gained through illegal activity look like it was earned legally
  • Breach of fiduciary duty: When financial professionals fail to protect the best interests of their clients in service of their own interests
  • Forgery: Creating false documents in order to commit fraud
  • Identity theft (ID theft): Stealing another person’s identifying details in order to commit fraud

Generally, white-collar crimes are financial in nature and are committed by people who are in positions of power or authority. They may result in federal charges, however, our firm only handles criminal charges at the state level.

What Are The Penalties For White-Collar Crimes In Iowa?

Penalties upon conviction may include jail time, fines and mandatory restitution. Similar to theft charges, the penalties’ severity depends on the financial impact of the offense.

For example, if you embezzled funds exceeding $10,000, you’d be charged with a class C felony, which could lead to 10 years in prison and a fine between $1,370 to $13,660. Say you laundered between $1,000 and $10,000 in cash from illegal revenue sources. That would be a class D felony, and you could spend up to five years in prison and be fined between $1,025 and $10,245. Maybe you forged a check that was valued between $750 and $1,500. That would be an aggravated misdemeanor with a maximum two-year prison sentence and fines between $855 and $8,540. The penalties get increasingly less severe in this fashion in proportion to the crime’s financial impact.

In addition to the criminal penalties, people who are convicted of white-collar crimes can fall into financial ruin, have their families fall apart, lose their jobs, have trouble securing another type of gainful employment, and have their personal and professional reputations permanently tarnished.

To protect yourself, your loved ones and anything else you hold dear in life from these consequences, seek legal help immediately if you have been accused of a white-collar crime.

Why You Can Entrust Your Case To Our Iowa City Firm

Since 1968, our firm has stood for reliability and results. We offer the benefits of our experience, personal attention and confidentiality in high-stakes criminal cases.

We hope to meet you soon if you have been charged with a white collar crime. Call 319-359-6492 or send an email message to request a free consultation.

Notable Cases

Cedar County AGCR024516 — PLEA OFFER ACCEPTED — Attorney Shawn Fitzgerald’s client was accused of the crime of Operating a Motor Vehicle While License is Barred as a Habitual Offender §321.560/ §321.561/ §321.555 /§321.556 (An Aggravated Misdemeanor), as well as Failure to Use Child Restraint Devise §321.446 (A Scheduled Violation). Attorney Shawn Fitzgerald was able to secure a plea offer satisfactory to both client and state.

Notable Cases

Muscatine County AGCR057733 — PLEA ACCEPTED, CHARGE REDUCED — Attorney Shawn Fitzgerald’s client was accused of Domestic Abuse Assault §708.2A(2)(b) (A Serious Misdemeanor). An initial plea offer stated the client would have to plead guilty as charged, attorney Shawn Fitzgerald worked for a better offer for his client. The client was able to plead guilty to an amended lesser charge of Disorderly Conduct §723.4(2) (A Simple Misdemeanor).