Matthew Norwood has extensive experience handling white collar crime. A white collar crime refers to non-violent activity that is usually business related, and involves dishonestly obtaining money, property, services, or preferential treatment. White collar crimes typically relate to a breach of trust between employer and employees, or between employees and clients. Embezzlement, fraud, and conspiracy are common white collar crimes.
Even though white collar crime is non-violent, the convicted defendant will usually be forced to pay restitution, heavy fines, and/or incur the loss of professional business licenses. In addition, people accused of white collar crime, even if not convicted, risk severe damage to their reputations.
Michigan’s white collar crime laws can vary from the specific laws designed to deal with specific business issues, to vague laws meant to handle dishonesty in general. With so many laws to deal with, it is critical that you have an experienced white collar defense team there with you. If you are being investigated for any white collar crimes, or if you have already been charged with any white collar crimes, you should arrange representation as soon as possible.
White collar crime is a growing concern in today’s business oriented world. The term white collar crime refers to dishonestly obtaining money and typically involves a breach of trust between employers and employees, or businesses and clients. Examples of white collar crimes include fraud, embezzlement, larceny by conversion and conspiracy.
White collar crimes can be felonies or misdemeanors depending on the dollar amount involved. For example, embezzlement of less than $1000 is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 days in jail and a fine of not more than $500. Embezzlement of more than $1000 is a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and fines of not more than $10,000. Furthermore, depending on the organization allegedly embezzled from, such as a nonprofit organization, the penalties may be stricter.
White collar crimes can be confusing, complicated, and difficult to follow, requiring careful analysis of paperwork, accounting, and contractual agreements. An experienced attorney is necessary to navigate through the mountain of papers, numbers, and figures to build a case that can successfully challenge the charges against you. Matthew L. Norwood has experience in white collar crime that can help you resolve your case with the best possible outcome.
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