White collar crime refers to financially motivated nonviolent crime committed by business and government professionals. Within criminology, it was first defined by sociologist Edwin Sutherland in 1939 as “a crime committed by a person of respectability and high social status in the course of his occupation.” It can consist of bribery, embezzlement, Ponzi Schemes and corporate theft, amongst others.
When Do I Need An Attorney?
For companies, corporate executives and business leaders facing investigation or enforcement actions by a governmental entity, every step can have irreversible repercussions. The reputation of you or your company can be at stake. Businesses and individuals involved in state or federal investigations need to have experienced counsel to guide them through the process. It is important to seek experienced counsel as soon as you are notified there may be an investigation pending. This can occur when you are contacted by a government agency such as the FBI or receive a subpoena from a government agent for documents. An experienced attorney can possibly negotiate a favorable outcome for you prior to an indictment or other severe action by the government that could further damage your reputation and ruin your career.
Areas of Representation
Hull Barrett PC is well positioned to assist clients navigate the difficult challenges relating to government enforcement actions. We have experienced corporate attorneys and former prosecutors who have handled these types of matters in state courts in Georgia and South Carolina and in Federal Prosecutions in the Southern District of Georgia. Our white collar criminal defense includes the following areas of practice:
- Credit Card Fraud
- False Claims Act/Whistleblower
- Identity Theft
- Bank and check fraud
- Insurance Fraud
- Medicare and Medicaid Fraud
- Ponzi Schemes
- Money Laundering
- Corporate Theft
- Tax Evasion or Tax Fraud
- Mortgage and Real Estate Fraud
We also assist whether a client is a witness in a government action or a target in a government investigation. We have a successful track record of negotiating favorable outcomes for clients prior to indictment as well as successfully trying cases when appropriate.