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If you or a loved one are under investigation or have been charged with a white-collar crime, you should contact Rosenthal Kalabus & Therrian immediately. You might not understand what you’ve been accused of or what types of penalties you could face.
“White-collar crime” is a broad, informal term that refers to any non-violent crime typically committed in a professional setting for financial gain. Although white-collar crimes are usually committed by professionals, such as accountants, lawyers, doctors, or business people, any person could participate in this type of offense. They typically involve the use of business structures, the Internet, mail, and banks. Although many people believe these offenses only involve federal law, they can also be under state laws.
If you are under investigation or have been charged with a white-collar crime in Collin County, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Remember that an investigator or prosecutor can use anything you say against you in a subsequent criminal prosecution.At Rosenthal Kalabus & Therrian, our white-collar criminal defense attorneys are ready to discuss your situation and help you understand your legal rights and options, so call us today at (972) 369-0577.
If you suspect you may be a target or a person of interest in a white-collar criminal investigation, it is critical that you speak to a white-collar crime attorney. Even if you have not yet been charged, you may be asked to speak to investigators as part of an investigation voluntarily. Once you let an experienced white-collar criminal attorney know everything you know, we can advise you about your potential criminal exposure and counsel you on whether you should speak with investigators or exercise your right to remain silent.
If you have been charged with a white-collar crime, a knowledgeable defense attorney can help you to understand your legal rights and options. Rosenthal Kalabus & Therrian can begin investigating the facts and circumstances of your case to develop potential legal defenses. We can also start discussing possible resolutions with prosecutors, including dismissal of your charges, reducing the severity of your charges, or, if the circumstances dictate, a potential plea agreement (including cooperation with ongoing investigations).
If you choose to defend against your charges at trial, a white-collar criminal defense lawyer can persuasively advocate on your behalf to a judge and jury. We can try to get the most favorable outcome in your case, whether that be an acquittal or a lenient sentence following a conviction.
If you face white-collar criminal charges or the possibility of being charged in a criminal investigation, Rosenthal Kalabus & Therrian can provide you with the legal representation you need to face your charges or potential charges confidently.
Rosenthal Kalabus & Therrian is the largest criminal defense law firm in Collin County. Additionally, we are the only law firm that has two Criminal Law Board Certified partners. In Texas, board certification, granted to only 1% of attorneys, means that an attorney has demonstrated and been tested for substantial, relevant experience in a select field of law such as criminal law and white-collar crime.
Our firm has extensive resources to dedicate to your criminal case. When you hire us, you will benefit from multiple attorneys collaborating to develop the best possible defense strategy for your situation. No matter what your circumstances are, we will explore every possible avenue in your case to obtain a favorable outcome for you.
Contact Rosenthal Kalabus & Therrian today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you face a complex white-collar criminal investigation or prosecution.
The white-collar criminal defense attorneys of Rosenthal Kalabus & Therrian have helped people across Collin County facing charges for various crimes. We can handle the following white-collar cases:
If you or a loved one face criminal charges for one of these crimes in Collin County, contact our experienced white-collar crime defense attorneys today to discuss the facts and circumstances and learn more about how our firm can help.
Texas imposes mandatory sentencing guidelines for the judge to use when determining the punishment a defendant should receive. Criminal offenses can be either misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the circumstances involved. Sentencing for each class or level is below.
Class C Misdemeanor
Class B Misdemeanor
Class A Misdemeanor
Habitual or repeat offenders could face enhanced punishments under Texas Penal Code 12.42. That means you could face penalties under a higher felony conviction for prior convictions of the same or other felony crimes.
Third-degree felonies could increase to a second-degree felony if you have a previous felony conviction other than a state jail felony punishable under Texas Penal Code 12.35(a).
Second-degree felonies could increase to a first-degree felony if you have prior felony convictions other than a state jail felony punishable under Texas Penal Code 12.35(a).
First-degree felonies could result in a life prison sentence or term between 15 and 99 years if you have a previous conviction for a felony other than a state jail felony punishable under Texas Penal Code 12.35(a).
You need a skilled and qualified Collin County white-collar crime attorney to represent you. The nature of your case requires someone with a thorough knowledge of state laws and the resources to argue against the prosecution’s theories in court.
At Rosenthal Kalabus & Therrian, our legal team knows the steps we need to take to build a solid defense and achieve your desired results. You shouldn’t leave your fate in the hands of an experienced lawyer. You deserve to have someone on your side that will tirelessly and aggressively work to get your charges reduced, or the entire case dismissed.
The most common defenses against white-collar crimes are:
The defense we use will depend on multiple factors. Sometimes, the prosecutor doesn’t have enough evidence to prove you’re guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If that’s the case, we might feel confident going to trial, knowing that the jury will likely reach a not guilty verdict.
If it’s clear that we could lose your case, it might be better to enter a plea deal for a reduced charge and a lesser sentence. We’ll explore all available options and advise which we believe can reach a positive result. You’ll have someone in your corner fighting for your rights and freedom every step of the way.
The consequences of a white-collar crime conviction are severe. You could spend time in prison, pay an expensive fine, and encounter obstacles upon your release. Rosenthal Kalabus & Therrian understands the overwhelming stress an arrest can cause. We want to prepare you for the battle you’re facing so you know what to expect and how to handle the legal process. We have answered the most commonly asked questions we receive from clients below.
While the term “white-collar crime” has no official definition under the law, the term is popularly understood to encompass any crime that involves the use of deception or abuse of a position of trust, along with a lack of physical violence in committing the crime. In many cases, a white-collar crime is usually committed by a professional, such as an accountant, doctor, or attorney.
Although white-collar crimes are often charged at the federal level, most states usually have their own federal white-collar criminal statutes, such as wire fraud or RICO Act. Certain offenses are exclusively federal, such as mail fraud.
However, criminal investigations are complicated and usually require significant resources to investigate. As a result, many are charged at the federal level since the federal government has more investigators and prosecutors experienced in white-collar prosecutions than in many states.
If you are convicted, your sentence will usually depend on the victim’s total amount of loss. It is important to note that if you had people working with you as part of a criminal conspiracy, the government might choose to charge you for sentencing purposes with the loss of the entire scheme, even if you were only directly responsible for part of the victims’ loss.
A court may decide to merely order a fine, probation, forfeiture of the gains of your crime, and restitution if the dollar amount of loss is small. However, if you have mitigating factors in your background and were responsible (even partly) for a significant financial loss, the court can sentence you to hefty fines and prison time.
You should hire an attorney as soon as possible. Sometimes, prosecutors will notify you that you are a suspect in a criminal investigation or that they believe they may charge you. At that point, it is essential to retain an experienced white-collar criminal defense attorney to begin discussing your case and preparing to defend against criminal charges.
Hiring an attorney will not make prosecutors more likely to charge you because you “look” guilty. Prosecutors understand that any person of interest in a white-collar criminal investigation will want to understand their rights and options and possible outcomes to the inquiry.