Many people foolishly assume that the only criminal consequences that they need to worry about are those pertaining to violent crimes. However, this is not the case; a conviction for a white-collar criminal offense can have just as severe as, if not more severe, consequences. If you are charged with such a crime, the best thing you can do is immediately hire a skilled lawyer. Here’s a look at three major consequences of being convicted of a white-collar crime in Boston–
- Large Fines
If you are convicted of a white-collar crime in Boston, you can be sure of the fact that you will be ordered to pay a fine (in addition to the legal expenses that you accrue in defending yourself). For example, embezzlement can be charged as a felony offense with a penalty of up to $25,000.
- Prison Time
Many people assume that if a crime isn’t violent in nature, they won’t go to prison for it. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Using the example above, an embezzlement crime carries a prison sentence of up to five years in prison. The amount of time that you have to stay in prison is dependent upon the extent of the crime, and whether or not a plea bargain is reached with the prosecution or the judge over your case decides an alternative sentence is more appropriate.
- Alternative Punishments
There are also a number of alternative punishments that may be used in place of or in addition to a fine or/and prison time. These include paying restitution, performing community service, being placed on probation, or attending classes or therapy.
How to Mitigate the Most Severe Penalties
The best way to mitigate serious penalties associated with a white-collar criminal charge is to hire a skilled lawyer as soon as charges against you are assessed. Your attorney can protect you by:
- Explaining the charges against you;
- Representing you in all conversations with the prosecution, police officers, or other parties;
- Informing you of your legal and Constitutional rights;
- Investigating your case;
- Reviewing the prosecution’s evidence against you;
- Advising you regarding whether to plead guilty or take a plea deal;
- Negotiating a plea bargain on your behalf; and
- Representing you in court.
Choosing to represent yourself when facing charges for a white-collar crime is not recommended.
Our Experienced Boston Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Help
Being charged with a white-collar crime does not mean that you will inevitably be convicted of that crime; you have the right to defend yourself, and be found innocent until proven guilty. At The Law Office of Paul R. Moraski, our experienced Boston criminal defense lawyer will work aggressively for you, and will always put your best interests first. For a consultation with Attorney Paul R. Moraski, please call us directly at (978) 397-0011 or use the contact form on our website to send us a message and set up an appointment time.