What is White Collar Crime?
The term “white collar crime” has been credited to sociologist Edwin Sutherland who coined the phrase in a speech he gave in 1939. In his book “White Collar Crime”, Mr. Sutherland defined white collar crime as a “crime committed by a person of respectability and high social status in the course of his occupation.”
Today, the term “white collar crime” generally refers to non-violent crimes of deception that are motivated by profit. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, “white-collar offenses” are “non-violent illegal activities which principally involve traditional notions of deceit, deception, concealment, manipulation, breach of trust, subterfuge or illegal circumvention.” Some commonly charged “white collar” crimes include:
- Bank Fraud
- Health Care Fraud
- Insurance Fraud
- Corporate Fraud
- Securities Fraud
What should I do if I am charged with a white collar crime?
If you have been charged with a white collar crime or you are being investigated for one, speak to a knowledgeable defense lawyer as soon as possible to learn about your rights, your defense, and the legal system. Contacting an attorney early on is critical. Early preparation by an experienced defense lawyer can increase your chances of a favorable outcome, including the possibility of charges being dismissed.