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White Collar Crimes

White Collar Crimes Orlando & Central Florida White Collar Crimes Attorney

White collar crimes are typically those that do not involve violence, but are financially motivated. Often occurring in corporate settings, these business or economic crimes may be charged at the state or federal level, or both. The criminal penalties an individual may face may be extremely harsh, depending on the offense and other factors. At Adams & Luka, we understand that there are many situations in which a person may not be aware he/she is involved in anything illegal. Our Orlando while collar crime lawyers are experienced, skilled, and dedicated to protecting your legal rights, freedom, and future.

Some examples of white collar crimes include, but are not limited to:

Individuals from any walk of life may be charged with a white collar crime in Florida, however it is not unusual for stock brokers, doctors, attorneys, and business professionals to be accused of healthcare fraud, money laundering, tax evasion, and other serious offenses. Essentially, white collar crimes typically involve deceptive acts that are done intentionally to gain financially, or secure benefits, property, or assets that the individual accused of the crime would not have otherwise received except for his/her deception.

You may be under investigation but have not yet been charged, as white collar crimes are often complex in nature and take prosecutors weeks or even months to build their case. There are often enormous amounts of paperwork and financial transactions to sift through. Regardless, it is important to take steps to protect your legal rights and freedom early on, before you are arrested or charged. Your Orlando criminal defense lawyer can begin work on your case immediately.

Defenses to White Collar Crimes in Florida

In order for a defendant to be convicted of any crime, the prosecutor must prove certain elements beyond a reasonable doubt. For example, if you were charged with embezzlement or money laundering, the state must be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you knowingly and intentionally (purposely) committed the offense you are charged with.

Common defenses to white collar crimes include discrediting the state's case by challenging and disproving the evidence, and entrapment. Entrapment occurs when an individual commits a crime he or she would not have committed had law enforcement agents not tempted or persuaded that individual to commit the offense.

Penalties for White Collar Crimes in Orlando & Central Florida

White collar crimes prosecuted at the state level typically leave the defendant facing penalties that are more lenient than federal court punishment, however the penalties are still harsh. Florida judges generally sentence individuals who are convicted according to the state sentencing guidelines below:

  • Second-degree misdemeanors may result in fines of up to $500, and/or a maximum of 60 days in jail
  • First-degree misdemeanors may result in fines of up to $1,000, and/or a maximum of one (1) year in jail
  • Third-degree felonies may result in fines of up to $5,000, and/or a maximum prison term of five (5) years
  • Second-degree felonies may result in fines of up to $10,000, and/or a maximum prison term of fifteen (15) years.
  • First-degree felonies may result in fines of up to $10,000, and/or a maximum prison term of thirty (30) years.

The criminal penalties an individual faces may depend on factors including criminal history, and whether the defendant is accused of the more serious aggravated white collar offense.

Contact Adams & Luka Immediately

While white collar crimes do not generally involve violence, the penalties an individual faces if found guilty can be just as severe. Our Orlando white collar crime lawyers understand the stress you are under, and the uncertainty of not knowing what the future holds. Our goal is to obtain the best possible results, and help you avoid potentially life-changing criminal penalties. Call us immediately for a free consultation at (407) 872-0307 or (352) 787-2101.

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I would like thank my attorney Thomas Luka. I knew from the beginning I had the right guy in my corner. While celebrating with family and friends at a Public Park in Seminole County, a fight broke out among various people. Myself, and a good friend, broke up the fight and the instigators left. Six months later, I was wrongly accused as the person who started the fight. The first attorney I hired could not even get a response from the State Attorney handling the case. Someone referred me to Tom and I felt comfortable at his demeanor and reactions.

After conversations with Tom, who knew I would settle for nothing less than a FULL DISMISSAL due to my innocence, I hired him. His firm of Adams and Luka did the due diligence by interviewing witnesses and the police who were on the scene, as well as starting a dialogue with the State Attorney. After gathering statements from witnesses, Tom was able to present a strong argument on my behalf to the State Attorney on why the case should be dismissed. If the State Attorney was not willing to dismiss the case, Tom was ready to take the case to trial.

The result by Thomas Luka: Case Dismissed.

I am 53 years old with a spotless record and glad to keep it that way thanks to the time, effort, hard work, and professionalism of the Adams and Luka and Tom Luka.

Earl from Mesquite
Thomas Luka left a life-long great impression of lawyers. He was always professional, on time, and answered things honestly. From the start and during the 14 months it went on - Tom was very upfront and honest with me about the possible outcomes. The result was better than I had hoped for. Tom really over-delivered. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. Marcela Giorgi
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Rich Adams is an outstanding criminal attorney. I have had the opportunity to refer several friends and clients to his practice for handling of criminal matters, and on every occasion he has produced an excellent result. Rich practices with attention to detail, a thorough knowledge of the law, and a passion to defend his clients. I will continue to refer clients to Rich Adams, and would strongly recommend him for your legal needs. Brian Pink