Reputable, Respected, and Highly Effective White-Collar Defense Attorneys
Our attorneys have successfully protected and defended clients charged with all types of white-collar criminal charges in Michigan. We are highly-respected and widely considered to be among the top lawyers defending these matters.
An Example of White-Collar Crime is Tax Fraud.
Imagine several years ago you filed your income tax, and you’ve just received a notice of an IRS audit for that year’s filing. You learn that the audit has turned into a criminal investigation. You are “officially” under investigation for white-collar crime. Do not be fooled into thinking that a criminal investigator is looking to determine the truth. You are a target, and they are looking to build a federal or state case against you at this point. You need a white-collar criminal defense attorney immediately.
Many people are under the mistaken, naive belief that because they did not do anything wrong or did not do what they are accused of, they can just explain “the truth,” and the investigation or the allegations will go away. If your case has gotten to the point that there is a criminal investigation, you have to remember that anything you say, “can and will be used against you.” Only the most highly qualified criminal defense lawyer is in a position to defend these complex, white-collar criminal allegations.
The difference between an attorney defending white-collar crime vs. street crime
The street crime defense attorney often operates from the assumption that the government has enough evidence to convict the client of a felony or a misdemeanor, and their job is “damage control.” The white-collar criminal defense attorney operates from the assumption that the client is may or may not be guilty of something. Still, their job is to convince the government to conclude that its case is not strong enough to proceed with prosecution. In those cases where the evidence is strong, a capable criminal defense lawyer can often negotiate a civil resolution and avoid a criminal conviction.
In white-collar cases, the defense attorney can be called in to conduct a defense investigation and intervention before the government investigation concludes and sometimes before it even begins. By being proactive, an individual suspected of a white-collar crime can frequently avoid prosecution altogether.
The central theme is that the white-collar criminal defense attorney works to control the government’s access to information and increase their client’s bargaining power.
Proficient Representation for White-Collar Criminal Allegations
The role of the white-collar criminal defense attorney is to prevent charges if possible. When a criminal charge has already taken place, the lawyer may work to get the charges dismissed or negotiate a settlement that preserves the client’s lifestyle and freedom. An effective white-collar criminal defense attorney must have the experience, temperament, and intellect to see nuances and threats even before they happen. The attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. are specialists in white-collar criminal defense. Our attorneys have decades of criminal defense experience in courtrooms across Michigan. We have a reputation for success and are here to help. If you or a loved one is accused of a non-violent crime, it can still be a risk for harsh punishment under the law, and you should immediately retain a white-collar criminal defense attorney. White-collar crimes may include embezzlement, fraud, conspiracy, identity theft, or bribery. Many people are surprised to find that these offenses carry more than financial penalties and often result in a jail sentence. The experienced legal team at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. is dedicated to fighting on your behalf to have the charges dropped or reduced.
White-Collar Criminal Defense Lawyers
Even if the charges are baseless, the accusations alone can damage a person and their reputation. It is common for someone accused of white-collar crime to lose their job, their business, and even a professional licenses. These are all grave results from just an allegation. That is why at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C., we take white-collar criminal defense seriously. We know that there are times when actions can be illegal, even if a person did not know what they were doing was against the law. A skilled defense attorney might be able to present the case in a sincere, convincing manner that will show that there was no intent to commit a crime, resulting in the defendant’s acquittal.
In the Detroit-Metro area and state-wide, federal and state white-collar crime laws are intricate. They can be specific or purposely vague to address any fraudulent or dishonest transactions. This fact alone makes it necessary to have someone experienced and successful in white-collar criminal defense in your corner. The attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C., will fight for you every step of the way, aggressively drawing on our experience and resources to succeed in winning exoneration or reduced charges.
Call us today at (248) 263-6800 for a free consultation or complete a Request for Assistance Form. We will contact you promptly and find a way to help you.