Some people are of the opinion that white collar crime in North Carolina is “no big deal.”
There is a name for these people: convicts.
Admittedly, white collar crimes are nonviolent offenses. That doesn’t mean victims—who may lose their life savings—are unhurt. Many Wilmington white collar crimes can inflict terrible financial toll on dozens, even hundreds, of people. State and federal prosecutors love to lap up the acclaim from all those victims when they send someone to prison for decades for one of these crimes.
That’s right, we said “federal prosecutors”
It should be kept in mind that many white collar crimes are federal offenses, in addition to potentially being prosecuted under state laws. That has three immediate implications for someone who may be tried in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina:
- The Federal Bureau of Investigation will investigate the crime. FBI agents may testify at the trial. Juries love FBI agents and find them highly credible witnesses.
- A federal prosecutor will be in charge of the case. Unlike local district attorneys, federal prosecutors are appointed to their positions. They do not have to face voters to justify their case decisions—they just have to impress their bosses with cases cleared in order to justify a future promotion.
- We’re looking at federal prison time. The federal government has no jails. Even a low security federal correctional institution is a grim place to spend a couple years.
The odds may be stacked against you
If you have been charged with a white collar crime, or even if you believe you are under criminal investigation in North Carolina, the time to act is now. Move quickly to retain a Wilmington white collar crime attorney even before charges are filed. The earlier an experienced legal team can get to work on your case, the better.
White collar offenses that involve large sums of money attract a lot of media attention. News reporters will discuss your case incessantly. Even if the prosecutor remains silent about the charges, the scrutiny into your life—and the fact that you are facing charges—will be enough to prejudge your case in the popular imagination.
Never lose sight of this fact: despite the flood of negative publicity, you still deserve a chance for your side of the story to be told. Speaks Law Firm wants the opportunity to help you with that. Our criminal defense attorneys can challenge pretrial publicity that might influence the jury pool. We’re skilled at interpreting financial records, computer evidence, and electronic communications. Most of our cases are settled with negotiated plea bargains, but we aren’t afraid to take a case to trial.
Call 910-341-7570 locally or 877-593-4233 (toll-free statewide) today to get started working on an effective defense.