White Collar Crime
When a crime is referred to as a “white collar” offense, it is typically financially-motivated and nonviolent in nature. The term was originally coined in 1939 by sociologist Edwin Sutherland as "a crime committed by a person of respectability and high social status in the course of his occupation."
Because these alleged offenses often involve multiple victims suffering tremendous financial harm, prosecutors in Florida aggressively pursue serious penalties for alleged offenders. Convictions can lead to not only possible imprisonment and fines, but also orders to pay restitution to all alleged victims.White Collar Crime Lawyer in Broward County, FL
If you were arrested or believe that you could be under investigation for an alleged financial crime in Florida, you should not say anything to authorities without legal counsel. Many alleged offenders in these cases had no criminal intent, and The Hoffman Firm can fight to get criminal charges reduced or dismissed.
Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney Evan A. Hoffman represents clients accused of white collar crimes in Davie, Sunrise, Pembroke Pines, Deerfield Beach, Plantation, and many surrounding areas in Broward County. He can review your case and help you understand all of your legal options as soon as you call (954) 524-4474 to take advantage of a free, confidential consultation.
Overview of White Collar Crimes in Fort Lauderdale
- What is the definition of a white collar crime under state law in Florida?
- Are there certain types of crimes that are considered white collar offenses?
- Where can I learn more about white collar crimes in Broward County?
White Collar Crime Definitions in Florida
The Florida Legislature enacted the “White Collar Crime Victim Protection Act” in 2013. The legislation was codified in Florida Statute § 775.0844 and defines a white collar crime as either:
- The commission of, or a conspiracy to commit, any felony offense specified in
- Chapter 560, relating to the Money Transmitters’ Code;
- Chapter 812, relating to theft, robbery, and related crimes;
- Chapter 815, relating to computer-related crimes;
- Chapter 817, relating to fraudulent practices;
- Chapter 825, relating to abuse, neglect, and exploitation of elderly persons and disabled adults;
- Chapter 831, relating to forgery and counterfeiting;
- Chapter 832, relating to the issuance of worthless checks and drafts;
- Chapter 838, relating to bribery and misuse of public office;
- Chapter 839, relating to offenses by public officers and employees;
- Chapter 895, relating to offenses concerning racketeering and illegal debts; or
- Chapter 896, relating to offenses related to financial transactions.
- A felony offense that is committed with intent to defraud or that involves a conspiracy to defraud.
- A felony offense that is committed with intent to temporarily or permanently deprive a person of his or her property or that involves a conspiracy to temporarily or permanently deprive a person of his or her property.
- A felony offense that involves or results in the commission of fraud or deceit upon a person or that involves a conspiracy to commit fraud or deceit upon a person.
Florida Statute § 775.0844(4) further defines aggravated white collar crime as “engaging in at least two white collar crimes that have the same or similar intents, results, accomplices, victims, or methods of commission, or that are otherwise interrelated by distinguishing characteristics and are not isolated incidents, provided that at least one of such crimes occurred after the effective date of this act.”
Common White Collar Crimes in Broward County
The chapters and definitions listed above include several kinds of criminal offenses. Many alleged white collar crimes are complex financial schemes involving several people.
Alleged offenders can face serious charges despite having small roles in such schemes in which they unknowingly violated the law simply by performing what they thought was regular work. Some of the specific criminal offenses that people may be accused of include, but are not limited to:
- Computer Crimes;
- Credit Card Fraud;
- Elderly Exploitation;
- Financial Scams and Cons;
- Money Laundering;
- Notary Misconduct;
- Organized Fraud;
- Scheme to Defraud;
- Securities Fraud; and
- Worthless Checks.
Florida White Collar Crime Arrest Resources
Economic Crimes Unit | Broward Sheriff's Office — The Economic Crimes Unit handles complaints about identity theft, credit card and check fraud, telemarketing rip-offs and other money-related crimes. You can learn more about economic crime and ways to protect yourself on this website. You can also find a list of helpful links if you have been the victim of a white-collar crime.
Broward Sheriff's Office
2601 W. Broward Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312
Florida Attorney General | Statewide Prosecutor — A Constitutional Amendment in 1986 led to the creation of the Attorney General's Office of Statewide Prosecution (OSP). The OSP prosecutes crimes that impact two or more judicial circuits in the state of Florida—a common scenario because several white-collar offenses involve multiple local jurisdictional boundaries. You can read annual reports, recent news releases, and a victims’ rights guide on this website. The OSP has eight bureaus in the Sunshine State, including one in Fort Lauderdale:
Office of the Attorney General
West Palm Beach Office
Flagler Waterview Building
1515 N. Flagler Drive, Suite 900
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Do you think that you might be under investigation or were you already arrested for any kind of an alleged economic crime in Florida? Even if you are completely confident that you are innocent, do not make any kind of statement to authorities until you have contacted The Hoffman Firm.
Evan A. Hoffman is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Fort Lauderdale who helps clients throughout Broward County, including Margate, Cooper City, Hallandale Beach, Lauderhill, Dania Beach, and several other nearby areas. Call (954) 524-4474 or submit an online contact form today to set up of a free consultation that will let our lawyer provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case.