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Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Jun 11, 2024

Let's review what to look for in a criminal defense attorney when facing federal white-collar crime charges. As a CEO or high-ranking executive with a company, you bear responsibility for your actions and your company's actions.

That's why it can be so unnerving to discover that you're the target of a federal investigation or that you've already been indicted on one or more federal "white-collar" criminal charges.

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The stakes are high, and the consequences of a conviction can be severe, including substantial fines, long-term damage to your professional reputation, and even potential imprisonment.

In this situation, choosing a federal criminal defense attorney is one of the most pivotal decisions you can make. Indeed, your choice of attorney can make a profound difference in the outcome of your case.

Many white-collar crimes can be prosecuted in state or federal court, which have different procedures and penalties. While state courts may be more likely to prosecute, federal courts have more resources to prosecute white-collar crimes. 

They may be more likely to do so if the crime crosses state lines or involves significant financial losses. Since these two systems differ, you want an attorney who knows them well. This is essential when choosing an attorney for a white-collar crime case.

Knowledge of Procedures and Penalties

You want an attorney who knows the procedures and penalties for these crimes in both state and federal court so they can give you the best possible defense.

When looking for an attorney to represent you in a white-collar crime case, finding someone who knows the procedures and penalties for these crimes in both state and federal court is essential.

This way, they can give you the best possible defense no matter which court system your case is in. The lawyer you choose should have a strong understanding of both state and federal court procedures and penalties so they can provide you with the best possible representation.

Our law firm partners are permitted to practice in all California County Courts and all Federal Districts in California and have successfully defended against charges in both systems.

We have a proven track record of successfully defending clients against criminal charges. We are zealous advocates for our clients and have a good reputation with prosecutors and judges in the courtroom. Let's discuss what factors you should consider when choosing an attorney to defend you against federal criminal charges.

Specific Knowledge and Experience with Federal White-Collar Crimes

The term "white-collar crime" is synonymous with a full range of frauds committed by business and government professionals. White-collar crime is typically non-violent and includes public corruption, health care fraud, mortgage fraud, securities fraud, money laundering, etc.

White-collar scams can destroy a company, devastate a family's finances, and cost investors millions. With advancing online technology, fraud schemes are more sophisticated than ever, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the primary agency for tracking down alleged perpetrators.

The complexity of federal white-collar crime cases calls for a specific skill set and legal knowledge. Look for an attorney with extensive experience handling cases similar to yours. They are well-versed in the intricacies of laws governing fraud, embezzlement, insider trading, and other white-collar crimes.

An attorney concentrating on these charges will better understand the best strategies for crafting an effective defense. Specifically, you want an attorney with the following:

  • Knowledge of federal court procedures: Federal courts operate differently from state courts, with distinct methods and rules. Choosing an attorney familiar with these and with experience in federal courts is essential. This expertise can significantly affect how your case is managed and presented.
  • Federal trial experience: While many federal cases are resolved through settlements, having an attorney with substantial trial experience is also crucial if your case goes to court. An attorney who is comfortable and skilled in the courtroom can better advocate on your behalf. Their trial experience should include handling federal cases and navigating the unique challenges during such trials.

What to Look for in an Attorney

When you are accused of a white-collar criminal offense, you face more than jail time or a hefty fine, though those can be severe. Your reputation, livelihood, and family might suffer irreparable damage.

You need an experienced federal criminal defense attorney with the skills to begin your defense strategy immediately. We defend individuals and companies against a wide range of white-collar crimes.

Our attorneys understand the complex issues involved in white-collar criminal defense. Some things you should look for when retaining a lawyer are discussed below.

Track Record of Success

Examining an attorney's track record can provide valuable insights into their capabilities. Seek attorneys with a history of successfully defending clients against federal criminal charges.

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This success could be demonstrated through favorable verdicts, dismissals, or negotiated settlements. A proven track record can give you confidence in their ability to achieve the best possible outcome for your case.

Reputation and Peer Reviews

A reputable attorney often has strong endorsements from peers and past clients. Look for attorneys who are highly regarded within the legal community.

Peer reviews, client testimonials, and ratings can provide a clearer picture of an attorney's standing. High ratings and positive feedback from other attorneys and clients indicate an attorney's professionalism and effectiveness.

Strategic Thinking and Problem-Solving Skills

White-collar crime cases often involve intricate details and multifaceted legal issues. An effective attorney can think strategically, analyze complex situations, develop innovative defense strategies, and adapt to changing circumstances. This ability can significantly impact the outcome of your case.

Resourcefulness and Access to Expert Witnesses

Defending against federal white-collar crime charges often requires collaboration with experts, such as forensic accountants, investigators, and industry specialists. An attorney with a network of reliable experts can strengthen your defense.

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Strong Negotiation Skills

Negotiation plays a significant role in most white-collar crime cases. Whether negotiating plea deals or settlements, an attorney's ability to negotiate effectively can significantly influence the outcome. Look for an attorney with a proven capability in negotiating favorable terms, which can lead to reduced charges, minimized penalties, or even case dismissals.

Transparent Communication

Maintaining clear and transparent attorney-client communication is vital to legal success. Your attorney should keep you informed about the progress of your case, explain legal concepts in understandable terms, and provide honest assessments of your situation. Open communication helps build trust and ensures that you are fully aware of your options and the potential implications of each decision.

Ethical Standards and Professional Conduct

Finally, you want an attorney who adheres to a high ethical and professional standard. An attorney's integrity can significantly affect the outcome of your case and your overall experience during this challenging time. Ensure your attorney is committed to representing you honestly, professionally, and respectfully.

Contact our federal criminal defense law firm, Eisner Gorin LLP, in Los Angeles, California, for more information.

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About the Author

Dmitry Gorin

Dmitry Gorin is a licensed attorney, who has been involved in criminal trial work and pretrial litigation since 1994. Before becoming partner in Eisner Gorin LLP, Mr. Gorin was a Senior Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles Courts for more than ten years. As a criminal tri...

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