When most people think about crime, they probably think about violent crimes like murder or robbery. However, there is a whole area of criminal law that is commonly known as “white collar” crime. Anyone who is facing these types of charges should know some of the basic concepts that make white collar crimes different from other types of criminal charges.
For starters, white collar crime typically refers to criminal charges that almost exclusively include money, or attempts to get another person’s money or property. For example, the basic concept involved in the crime of “embezzlement” is to take another person’s money or property when that money or property is entrusted to the alleged suspect. This is oftentimes seen with those who are in charge of the finances of companies, for instance.
Forgery, fraud and even identity theft are also examples of white collar crimes. And, again, a key element to any of these types of charges is, essentially, stealing another person’s property or money. But, a key difference that makes these types of crimes fall under the “white collar” crime umbrella is that there isn’t any force involved – oftentimes the crime is alleged to be committed via some type of “scam.”
Defending against the charges
If you find yourself facing white collar crime charges in Texas, you need to act fast to defend against the charges. For more information about how our law firm attempts to help our clients find the best path forward in their criminal cases, please visit the white collar crime overview section of our website.