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White Collar (state)

Have you been accused of a white collar crime in the greater Portland area?

White collar crime covers a very broad array of criminal activities – primarily non-violent, financial, economic or business crimes. Because these crimes don’t involve blood, drugs or weapons, it is easy to assume that they are less serious than other types of crime. But the government does not see it this way. The State of Oregon is going after people for white collar crimes more and more. Even without identifiable victims, white collar crime is not victimless and you may be punished harshly. If you are charged with a white collar crime, you will want a savvy Portland criminal defense lawyer on your side. Some specific white collar crimes include:

  • Embezzlement
  • Identity theft
  • Fraud
  • Credit card fraud or theft
  • Internet, e-mail, or wire fraud
  • Passing bad checks
  • Money laundering
  • Bribery
  • Securities violations

White collar crimes can be very complex and fighting the charges will involve detailed analysis of financial documents, ledgers, bank statements, public records, and other business related documents. Only a criminal defense attorney with a keen eye and an attention to detail can evaluate your case and provide viable defense options. 

White collar crimes in Oregon

A few of the more common crimes are briefly described below. As you can imagine, an attorney must have a very broad base of knowledge and experience to successfully defend against the variety of crimes that constitute white collar crime. 

  • Embezzlement: This is a form of theft wherein you had legitimate access to the property that you ultimately stole. For example, a big company’s bookkeeper might be responsible for handling the company’s cash and checks. The bookkeeper commits embezzlement if he then takes that money and uses it for his own, private purposes. 
  • Internet Crimes:  There are dozens of ways the internet can be used to perpetrate crime. Most of the time, these crimes involve the theft of sensitive personal information such as Social Security numbers, credit card information and other pieces of identifying information that are used for identity theft.
  • Computer Crime: In Oregon, the government has created a special crime that you can be charged with if you used a computer to help you commit a crime. As the world revolves around computers more every day, this is a very commonly-charged crime in Oregon.
  • Money Laundering:  Money laundering means to channel illegally-earned money through an intermediary so as to obscure the money’s source. Many people in Oregon generate money through drug sales, illegal gambling, theft, prostitution or other illegal activity, and smart criminals don’t want the government to know where that money came from. But many such criminals aren’t as smart as they think they are, and wind up getting caught trying to hide where the money came from.
  • Credit Card Fraud:  Whether a credit card number gets stolen at a gas station or in response to a fraudulent email, credit card fraud is rampant these days. The crime of credit card fraud includes stealing and fraudulently using a credit card, stealing somebody else’s identifying information to fraudulently apply for a credit card, or receiving any goods or services that were purchased with stolen credit card information. This crime can easily overlap with identity theft, internet crimes and other forms of fraud. 
  • Negotiating a Bad Check: Most people have accidentally bounced a check at some point in their lives. It happens. However, repeated, systematic efforts to defraud businesses and by knowingly writing checks on accounts with insufficient funds is a serious crime and can get you prosecuted.
  • Identity Theft:  This crime means using someone else’s personal identifying information to trick a third person.
  • Falsifying business records:  If you make false entries in a business’s records, change or erase true entries, or fail to make true entries when you know  you have to, you can be charged with falsifying business records. You can think of this as the fancy name for the crime of “cooking the books.”
  • Forgery : Everybody knows that forgery is creating a fake document of some sort. Whether it is money, checks, stock certificates, wills, or some type of business agreement, forgery charges are very serious.
  • Racketeering: This crime is generally regarded as synonymous with organized crime. Racketeering consists of multiple underlying crimes that are part of a larger criminal scheme or enterprise. These crimes can involve conspiracy, bribery, forgery, counterfeiting, extortion, money laundering, loansharking and many other financial crimes. This crime exists under Oregon’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (ORICO). Because of the wide range and extent of the various individual crimes that may be involved, punishments for ORICO violations can vary widely. It is in your best interest to contact an attorney promptly given the inherently complex nature of racketeering related crimes.

White collar crimes have always been complex and required detailed legal analysis in order to defend those charged. In the modern era, criminal prosecution for white collar crime is all the more complicated by the internet, constantly evolving online scams and the speed and rapidity with which electronic financial crimes can be committed. These factors can complicate both the prosecution and the criminal defendant’s case.

Consult an Oregon criminal defense attorney today

As mentioned above, white collar crimes can be particularly complicated. There are a large number of these crimes and there is a great deal of potential overlap. For example, an internet crime may involve the theft of credit card information and identity theft and it may be carried out be elements of organized crime. A good Oregon financial crimes attorney will understand the various factors that will need to be taken into consideration.

Only an experienced and focused criminal attorney can successfully analyze all of the elements that come into play and provide a holistic approach to fighting the charges you face. Call attorney Troy Pickard (503) 592-0606 for an evaluation of your case!

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