Avvo Rating badge
NACDL badge
Martindale-Hubbell badge
Avvo Rating badge

White Collar Crimes

White Collar Crime Defense Lawyer

St. Petersburg has more than 100 neighborhoods and is home to many large companies. These span a variety of industries and include Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, the Home Shopping Network, TransAmerica Life Insurance, Bayfront Medical, Bright House Networks, Fidelity National Information Services, St. Anthony's Hospital, and Raymond James. White collar crimes encompass a broad range of charges that are often related to corporations and other businesses, including cybercrime, fraud, bribery, money laundering, forgery, identity theft, insider trading, copyright infringement, and racketeering. Generally, they include any nonviolent economic or corporate crime. Many people charged with white collar crimes are intimidated by the criminal justice system, particularly if they have never been charged with any crime before. St. Petersburg white collar crime lawyer Will Hanlon takes the rights of the accused seriously and works diligently on their behalf.

Common Types of White Collar Crimes

White collar crimes can be punished in many different ways, including jail or prison time, disgorgement, fines, restitution, probation, and community service. Often, people facing white collar criminal charges also face civil claims brought by those whom they have victimized. The elements of white collar crimes, like violent crimes and other offenses, must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. What must be proven, however, varies depending on the specific charge.

Fraud is a common white collar crime. There are many different types of fraud, including providing false statements to merchants when making a purchase, obtaining property through a fraudulent promise, making false entries in a corporation's books, fraudulently issuing stock, engaging in false advertising, invading a home or private business by a false impersonation, or violating the Florida Communications Fraud Act. A knowledgeable white collar crime attorney in St. Petersburg will be familiar with the various forms that this crime can take.

Under the Florida Communications Fraud Act, the Florida Legislature has prohibited defrauding schemes that use communications technology to solicit victims in order to overcome a victim's usual resistance to sales pressure by giving a personalized sales message. To secure a conviction for scheming to defraud by using communications technology under Florida Statute section 817.034, the prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you engaged in an ongoing and systematic course of conduct with the intent of getting property or otherwise defrauding someone, and you used false or fraudulent representations, promises, misrepresentations, or pretenses of a future act to do so.

You can be punished per communication for a conviction. When the communications fraud involves less than $300, it is punished differently than when it involves $300 or more. The latter is a third-degree felony, for which you can face up to five years’ imprisonment, five years’ probation, and a maximum of $5,000 in fines.

Under Florida Statutes section 817.14, meanwhile, you can be convicted of making false entries on a corporation's books if the prosecution proves that you are an agent, clerk, servant, or officer of a corporation, and you made a false entry in the corporation's books with the intent to defraud. This charge also may be brought in situations involving deliberately inaccurate records involving the transfer of stock or stock certificates. This is also a third-degree felony, so consulting a St. Petersburg white collar crime attorney is an important step to take.

There are sentencing guidelines from which judges usually start when determining the sentence for a white collar crime. If you do not have a criminal record, you are more likely to be sentenced to probation or have your jail sentence suspended. However, each situation is different, and the court may look at the losses that you inflicted if you are convicted.

After a conviction, you may face a strong social stigma. It can be especially difficult for people who work with money to find employment after being charged or convicted of a white collar crime. Often, professional licensing depends on not having a history of deceit or dishonesty. You may face the possibility of deportation if you are convicted as a foreign national.

Consult a Skillful White Collar Crime Lawyer in the St. Petersburg Area

If you have been charged with a white collar crime, such as public assistance fraud, you should consult us. Our founder, Will Hanlon, has been providing vigorous representation since 1994. You can call Hanlon Law at 727.289.0222 or complete the form on our website.

Client Reviews
As a practicing attorney, I was shocked to hear that a family member of mine was alleged to have committed a sex crime. Knowing full well the consequences this type of allegation can have on anyone and their future, I immediately reached out to William Hanlon for help. I had every confidence that Mr. Hanlon had the knowledge, expertise, and experience to handle this problem. Approximately 4 weeks from an initial conference with Mr. Hanlon, we received a call with the news that a letter of release was being issued and the case was being dropped. Now my family member can finally exhale, take a deep breath, and go on with his life. Thank you, William! Jerry
Was on the ball. Remembered names, events, places, situations. Never need to re explain the situation. Keeps in touch through out the entire experience and keeps you feeling safe, comforted and protected. Fights hard. Worth every single penny. Would never settle for anything less than Will. Carrie
I was facing a charge that if convicted would carry two years in prison minimally. Not only was he empathetic and listening to what I had to say but he arranged with the prosecutor for my charges not to be filed under terms of a pre trial investigation. Would highly recommend. Alec
I am very happy for what he did for me. Always there when I needed him. Explained everything well. He Fights for his clients. He got me what I needed. Hes an excellent lawyer. Mutaz
Mr. Hanlon did what no other lawyer could do. Not only did he turn my criminal history into a thing of the past so I could move on, he was a loyal associate. No matter how bad the situation is, he has miraculously cleared me on every charge since he became my lawyer 5 years ago. I have the best lawyer that the legal system has to offer. I have had other really good lawyers try to get my business, but I know that no one can do a better job than William Hanlon. Jesse