Orlando Money Laundering Attorneys

Money laundering is a white collar or "financial" crime that involves funneling money gained through drug sales, prostitution or other illegal means in order to make the financial gain "clean." If convicted, the penalties can be extremely harsh and the punishment life-changing. A criminal offense charged at the federal level, prosecutors will spare no expense when it comes to investigating and vigorously prosecuting those accused of this serious crime. When you need an Orlando money laundering lawyer who will provide outstanding legal guidance and work aggressively to build a solid defense strategy, count on the criminal defense attorneys at Adams & Luka.

What is Money Laundering in Florida?

This crime can be committed no matter how money is acquired if it is gained through illegal means. Whether through tax fraud, gambling or other unlawful activity, Florida 2015 Statute Chapter 896 considers money laundering as "Knowing that the property involved in a financial transaction represents the proceeds of some form of unlawful activity." Basically, when the origin of money that is obtained in an unlawful manner is concealed by transferring that money to a legitimate business or foreign bank, money laundering occurs. It is often a complex and layered process in which what would be considered "dirty" or illegally obtained money is made to appear clean.

Money Laundering - Penalties

The penalties for those found guilty of this offense vary depending on certain factors such as criminal record and amount of money involved. Money laundering may be charged as a first-, second-, or third-degree felony in most cases; an individual may also face not only criminal penalties but civil as well. In Florida that maximum punishment for a first-degree felony money laundering charge is 30 years in prison. Someone convicted of third-degree charges which involves laundering funds of more than $300 but less than $20,000 over a one year (12 month) period will face a prison terms of up to five years and/or probation. In all cases offenders will face thousands of dollars in fines.

Contact Adams & Luka White-collar Defense Attorneys

As you can see from the above money laundering is a very serious accusation. However, every individual has legal rights that must be protected, and you are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. When you need a money laundering attorney in Orlando who is skilled, capable, and dedicated to exploring all legal options and securing the best possible result, count on Adams & Luka. Contact us now for a free case evaluation.

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