We apply an open mind to our clients’ situations. We believe there are two sides to every story in business, so we provide aggressive advocacy for those facing white-collar crime allegations. Contact our Las Vegas white-collar crime law firm at the first signs of potential indictment, arrest, or other legal problems. Our dedicated attorneys will move quickly to develop thoughtful and creative defense strategies to protect your rights and your future. We will exploit every weakness in the prosecution’s case and uncover any procedural mistakes made by investigators. Our goal is to achieve the best possible outcome in your case.
We understand that it’s your life, your livelihood, and possibly your freedom on the line, so every move we make will be motivated by those high stakes. Contact our Las Vegas white-collar crime attorneys today for a free consultation, and let us get started building your defense now.
How Our Attorneys Can Help in Your White-Collar Crime Case
In many cases, white-collar crime charges threaten a business as well as the individual(s) named by prosecutors. If prosecution is successful, the business entity could be vulnerable to costly civil litigation brought by the federal or state government, or by the victims of the offense. In some cases, the scandal of a white-collar crime investigation, charge, trial, etc., does unjust but irreparable harm to a business, regardless of the final outcome.
The potential damage of white-collar crime allegations makes it crucial for anyone who has been charged or who is about to be charged to allow an experienced legal team to take over all response to the prosecution — public and private — as soon as possible.
As part of a white-collar criminal defense, where necessary, our legal team can:
- Initiate internal investigations to determine the potential for corporate criminal liability. An internal investigation requires understanding of a variety of issues, such as waiver of privilege issues, responding to document production requests, and knowing and understanding the expectations of prosecutors.
- Interview and counsel employees. It may be necessary to refer individuals who could be in harm’s way to separate counsel, as well as enter joint defense agreements (JDAs).
- Mitigate the costs, as well as the potential legal damage. All of the factors involved in fighting a white-collar crime case are time-consuming and costly for a business. Our experienced legal team works efficiently to management the expense to you.
- Attempt to resolve an investigation before it goes public. With prompt engagement of the legal team at Adras & Altig, it may be possible to have an investigation satisfied and terminated before charges are filed and made public.
- Negotiate terms of your cooperation. In cases where wrongdoing has occurred, we may be able to work with prosecutors to come to agreements that lessen punishment in exchange for cooperation.
Because white-collar crimes are complex, heavily reliant on documentation, and require proof of the defendant’s intent to commit crime, prosecutors are typically open to the easier path forward. However, it is important to choose a defense attorney who has positive professional relationships with prosecutors and judges in the applicable state or federal court. You also need an attorney who has a full understanding of laws pertaining to fraud, RICO, and other white-collar offenses.
For more than a decade, our criminal defense law firm has successfully defended Las Vegas businessmen, politicians, entrepreneurs, and others working to build our community. We want the best for our clients, and our attorneys are dedicated to providing a thorough and strong defense for those who face charges of white-collar crime in Las Vegas and Clark County, Nevada.
White-Collar Criminal Cases We Handle
Attorneys Paul Adras and Steve Altig have more than 30 years of combined experience with high-profile criminal defense cases. Our attorneys have made their mark in state and federal court in Clark County through preparedness, thorough research, and zealous representation of their clients. We work quickly to collect evidence or demonstrate the lack of evidence, and begin exposing holes and/or evidence of entrapment in the prosecution’s case.
Some of the common types of white-collar criminal cases we handle include:
- Fraud. No allegation of fraud in contracts, securities, investments, insurance, real estate, etc., should be ignored. The charge that you have intentionally misrepresented yourself, your intentions, or your product or services must be quickly and strongly rebutted. False statements are not automatically fraudulent, but a finding of guilt in a fraud case will be costly to your finances and your reputation.
- Embezzlement. The theft of money from a party you owe some sort of legal duty to is known as embezzlement. It is often the charge levied against someone whose duties include handling the accuser’s funds, whether as an employee, partner, or investment consultant. We respond promptly to embezzlement charges by obtaining an order to freeze and/or make available financial records, as well as employing forensic accounting and auditing techniques to document the movement of funds. Typical defenses are built upon findings of inaccurate records, exaggeration of losses, absence of intent, insufficient evidence, etc.
- Tax evasion. Failure to pay what is owed to the IRS, either through misrepresentation of income or hiding taxable money, is a type of fraud known as tax evasion. It is a federal crime punishable by prison and a fine. But the government must prove the taxpayer willfully sought to evade the taxes. Most charges of tax evasion are eventually explainable as mistakes and are remedied by paying taxes due plus a penalty.
- Money laundering. Laundering money is the process of moving cash derived illegally (dirty money) into and out of legitimate holdings through multiple transactions to mask its origins so that it appears to be “clean” money earned legally. Multiple federal laws, including the 1998 Money Laundering and Financial Crimes Strategy Act and portions of the Patriot Act adopted after 9/11, are aimed at fighting money laundering. Conviction on money laundering charges requires proving the money originated from an illegal source and that it was moved in a manner specifically to hide it.
- RICO charges. RICO stands for the Federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act. While originally targeting organized crime, RICO statutes are also used to pile up multiple charges of racketeering, or the operation of one or more illegal enterprises. RICO charges are federal charges typically leveled against multiple people of influence in a series of indictments. They may allege involvement in drug trafficking, prostitution rings, illegal gambling, or similar crime and, through these activities, money laundering, bribery, extortion, loan sharking, obstruction of justice, etc.
Prosecutors know they can make their careers with a single high-profile white-collar crime case. However, whether state or federal, prosecutors must establish guilt beyond a reasonable doubt before they can win a conviction. It is not often an easy task to meet this burden.
At Adras & Altig, we believe any indictment or charge alleging a white-collar crime should be fought vigorously. Our Las Vegas white-collar crime lawyers are dedicated to providing a thorough and strong defense to clients who face these serious types of allegations.
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White-collar offenses may be punished by levying fines plus forfeitures, and payment of restitution and cost of prosecution. Defendants may also face imprisonment, home detention, community confinement, or supervised release.
If you face charges of fraud, embezzlement, or other white-collar crimes that have been filed or are impending in Clark County, Nevada, do not wait to talk to our seasoned Las Vegas criminal defense attorneys about your legal options. Contact our law firm today to discuss how our skilled legal team can move quickly to help you fight the charges against you and your business.