Defending clients against federal crimes in New Jersey

White collar crimes are significant offenses that are often prosecuted in federal court. Because of the array of crimes that fit the definition of a federal crime, most of the time, state courts will not see white collar crimes. It is very rare. A federal crime is handled differently. Speak to an attorney at Keith Hirschorn, P.C. to discuss your situation as soon as possible.

Federal crime explained

White collar crimes can include but are not limited to:

  • bankruptcy fraud
  • tax fraud
  • embezzlement from a company
  • Ponzi schemes

Although white collar crimes are not of the same nature as robbery, drug charges, and other blue collar crimes, they are seen in the federal court and carry the same significant penalties as other criminal offenses. White collar crimes are determined by the amount of money that the federal government is alleging an individual defendant took, stole, or embezzled from a company, person, individual, or group of individuals.

Despite the fact that these cases don’t involve anything of violence, they are quite significant in nature. As a matter of fact, in federal court, a small loss amount to these individual investors or to the bankruptcy court can result in significant penalties to a criminal defendant, even if he or she didn’t believe they were doing anything wrong.

Federal sentencing guidelines explained

When any criminal charge goes before a federal court, the defendant is subject to the federal sentencing guidelines, established by the U.S. Sentencing Commission to make the disparity between each judge’s sentencing more uniform and just. The federal sentencing guidelines have since taken the discretion of sentencing away from federal judges, barring prejudices and biases that unjustly order a more severe penalty to one defendant over another for the same crime. The nature of the charge and your criminal history dictate the severity of the penalty. There are 43 offense levels, 6 criminal history categories, and 4 sentencing “zones” that will ultimately assign your punishment.

Call an attorney who cares about your rights

A consultation with an experienced federal attorney is highly recommended as loss amounts and sentencing guideline ranges for white collar criminal defendants can add up quickly. An individual who believes they are dealing with a case that should be a “slap on the wrist” can suddenly face significant time in federal prison. It is in your best interest to make a consultation with an experienced federal criminal attorney at Keith Hirschorn, P.C. upon notification from a federal department that you are either under investigation or being charged with a white collar federal crime.