Being charged with a crime can severely damage an individual's reputation. This is particularly true of so-called white collar crimes, in which the accused is often a respected and law-abiding member of the community. In addition to the damage to reputation, of course, there is also the threat of stiff fines and even a possible prison sentence. Iowa residents facing white collar crime charges may need an aggressive defense.
The term white collar crime generally refers to crimes that are committed without violence or the threat of violence. They are typically crimes that involve fraud, theft or deception. They can include financial crimes, regulatory offenses, tax fraud, insurance fraud, embezzling, extortion, forgery and similar charges. They often involve allegations of wrongdoing in one's business or workplace.
A person accused of any crime, including a white collar crime, has the right to an attorney. He or she also has the right to a jury trial and the right to cross-examine the prosecution's witnesses. The prosecution has the burden of proving guilt and must prove every element of the case beyond a reasonable doubt. In white collar crime cases, proving the element of intent is often a weak spot for the prosecution.
At the law offices of J. Dean Keegan & Thomas D.S. Farnsworth, Attorneys at Law, we are committed to vigorously defending those accused of white collar crimes. We understand the importance of thoroughly investigating the accusations and challenging every aspect of the government's case. In many cases it is possible to get the charges dropped before trial, or to negotiate a favorable plea agreement. For more information on our criminal defense practice, please see our web page.