White-Collar Crimes & Fraud
Professionals and businesses are facing increasing scrutiny from federal and state law enforcement agencies for a wide array of offenses, particularly those subject to complex government regulation, including securities fraud, insider trading, tax evasion, healthcare fraud, money laundering, bank fraud, public corruption and honest services fraud. The sentence consequence of such charges has also become substantially more severe. We have successfully defended individuals and corporations during government investigations, administrative enforcement actions, and white collar criminal prosecutions. We have also conducted internal investigations and counseled clients on compliance issues.
Given the increasing number, complexity, and vagueness of criminal laws and regulations on the books, particularly in the federal system, executives and officers of corporations may have no idea they are at risk of committing a crime. Individuals targeted by the government face devastating consequences, including steep civil penalties, the loss of professional licenses, reputational harm, and criminal prosecution. Once targeted, individuals may have to navigate complex parallel proceedings in both civil and criminal forums.
Our experience in trying serious crimes gives us an edge over large corporate law firms when defending clients accused of white-collar offenses. Based on this experience, we thoroughly advise our clients on the possibility that the government may show up at a business or home to interview witnesses, conduct a search with or without a search warrant, or subpoena documents or witnesses. If a government investigation turns into a prosecution, we prepare our clients for trial. We know how to try cases in front of juries and are not afraid to take our cases to trial. As a result, we are able to negotiate aggressively with the government, often resulting in favorable plea deals for our clients.
Many white-collar cases arise from alleged violations of federal law or regulations. We have the experience and intellectual rigor to untangle complicated issues arising from federal white-collar prosecutions. Our attorneys have a long history of representing individuals accused of federal crimes. We know the courts, judges, and prosecutors involved these cases, are well-versed in the relevant laws, and have a detailed and thorough understanding of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. Our team of lawyers went to the best law schools in the country and eight clerked for federal judges. Our white-collar practice also benefits from the knowledge and experience of Harvey Silverglate, who is of counsel at our firm.
Our record of success includes a judgment of acquittal from a jury after a multimillion dollar, four-week, federal tax fraud case. We also represented a lawyer who was charged with the theft of more than $1 million and negotiated with the government for a term of probation. In a $20 million Medicare fraud case, the government retreated from prosecuting our client, who was given only a six-month probation term. In another case, we secured a sentence of probation for a client who pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and eight counts of visa fraud. In a perjury case involving false writings on a check, we obtained a split verdict; the client was convicted where the documentary evidence was irrefutable, but was acquitted where the evidence was based on the testimony of a witness, receiving only a sentence of probation.
If you are facing a possible government investigation or white collar criminal charges and need legal advice, please call our attorneys at (617) 742-6020.