Las Vegas White-Collar Criminal Defense Attorneys
Experienced Criminal Defense Law Firm in Nevada
Anyone accused of a white-collar crime needs an experienced lawyer on their side, as white-collar crimes are usually more complex than a typical criminal case. Charges involving accusations of fraud, deceit, or a violation of trust are some of the most severe types of offenses and the penalties are often substantial. Many white-collar crimes are charged at the federal level, and the federal government’s resources make things difficult for any defendant. If you have been arrested or are facing the possibility of arrest for a white-collar crime, you should contact an attorney who has experience in these matters immediately.
At Christiansen Trial Lawyers, our attorneys have more than 65 years of combined legal experience in handling white-collar criminal matters for our clients in the Las Vegas, Nevada area. Our firm has successfully represented clients in state and federal courts and our lawyers are ready to take your case to trial.
Cases Our Courtroom Lawyers Have Handled
It is our firm’s unique mixture of civil and criminal experience that enables us to offer exceptional and unique representation for wrongfully accused white-collar defendants. We are able to analyze our clients’ situations from multiple angles and prepare a strong defense that meets the challenges of a federal case head-on.
We have successfully resolved large and complex white-collar crime matters, including one case involving a nine-million-dollar embezzlement charge. Some of the areas in which we provide legal defense include:
- Mail fraud
- Bank fraud
- Wire fraud
- Money laundering
- Breach of fiduciary duty
Penalties for these white-collar crimes depend on the specific offenses, but they’re often charged as felonies and can include prison time, restitution, monetary fines, and forfeiture of property and assets.
What Are Nevada’s Laws Regarding Bad Checks?
When a person writes a check and knows that there are not sufficient funds to cover that check, it is a criminal offense. The severity of the punishment depends on the amount of the check and the circumstances of the crime.
Writing a bad check is an offense taken very seriously by Nevada judges and prosecutors. If charged with this crime, you may face steep fines and prison time. A conviction could put your job, your professional license, and your reputation at risk. In Nevada, casino marker default is also considered writing a bad check. If you have received a notice from the District Attorney’s office for any of these offenses, it is important to contact a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.
Our attorneys are experienced in negotiating with prosecutors as well as standing up for our clients’ rights at trial. In some situations, a plea bargain is the best alternative for our clients. In other cases, we fight for acquittal by jury. We can work with you closely to ascertain your legal goals and devise a legal strategy that suits your particular needs.
Also Handling Mortgage Fraud
Mortgage fraud can involve any attempt to defraud a bank to obtain a mortgage loan. Mortgage loans can be complex, and many times mistakes are made in the process that can lead to allegations of falsifying documents.
Mortgage fraud charges can arise from alleged false statements about:
- Employment status
- Credit history
- Assets and property
If you are facing mortgage fraud charges, the potential consequences are severe. You may be charged not only with the actual loss resulting from the fraud, but by the intended loss as well. Depending upon the criminal charge and the amount of loss alleged, mortgage fraud defendants can potentially face up to 30 years in prison per count if convicted. Our criminal defense attorneys have extensive experience representing individuals charged with mortgage fraud, including persons charged as a result of Operation Stolen Dreams.
Offering Nevada Money Laundering Defense
Money laundering can be charged in a wide range of criminal cases. Essentially, any time money derived from criminal activities is deposited in a bank, the prosecution might allege money laundering.
In recent years, the federal government has been pushing hard for money laundering convictions because, among other things, money laundering has occasionally been associated with terrorism. This zealous prosecution coupled with the vast resources of the federal government makes it important for those accused of money laundering to have experienced defense representation on their side.
Prosecutors will often use money laundering charges as a hammer to increase penalties for people accused of related crimes. If you are accused of drug crimes, fraud, RICO charges, or any other crime, you may also face money laundering charges if money transactions were alleged to have occurred in relation to the underlying crime.
A money laundering charge, even if false, can adversely affect your reputation and that of your business. Our lawyers will handle your case with the utmost care and discretion to protect your reputation and spare you from the consequences of a criminal conviction.
What is Mail & Wire Fraud?
Any criminal activity furthered by the use of U.S. mail, telephone service, or the internet can be charged as mail or wire fraud. If you have been accused of mail or wire fraud, you face federal criminal charges. Because the penalties are severe, it is important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side.
In many cases, mail and wire fraud charges are filed when it is difficult for the prosecution to prove another crime. These charges can be filed in relation to a number of criminal activities, including:
- Bank fraud
- Mortgage fraud
- Identity theft
- Online auction fraud
- Ponzi schemes
Mail and wire fraud charges are often tacked onto other charges to increase potential penalties. The penalties for mail or wire fraud could add up to 20 years on a prison sentence.
Let Our White-Collar Defense Attorneys Help You
If you’re facing fraud charges, it’s likely that you’ve been investigated thoroughly by a law enforcement agency such as the FBI. As a result, you need to be represented by a team of trial lawyers that have experience defending clients against charges like yours. A felony conviction can alter your life in countless ways and change the course of the future – it can prevent you from getting credit, finding a job or housing, and more. You need the resources and compassion that a well-established, caring firm like ours can provide.
If you are under investigation or have been charged/arrested for fraud or another white-collar crime, retain an attorney immediately. The Las Vegas white collar crime lawyers at Christiansen Trial Lawyers can work hard to provide solutions to protect your rights and secure the most favorable outcome for you.
Call us for a free consultation today as soon as possible at (702) 357-9977 if you’ve been accused of fraud or white-collar crimes.