Mazzoni Karam Petorak & Valvano’s experienced white collar criminal defense lawyers have extensive knowledge handling a vast range of complicated corporate cases. Whether you are under investigation or have been formally charged with a corporate crime, contact our law firm. We can explain all the legal options available to you.
Serving Northeastern Pennsylvania since 1962, our firm employs some of the most experienced and respected lawyers in the region. Our legal team includes a former two-term District Attorney and a former Chief Public Defender in Lackawanna County, the only law firm in the area with this powerful combination of experience.
We know the tactics prosecutors often use. That’s why we are consistently able to craft successful legal arguments that regularly deliver results. We don’t just understand the law. We know how to win. That’s why so many people charged with white collar crimes in Northeastern Pennsylvania routinely rely on us to help them get their life back on track.
What is white collar crime?
The term white collar crime was first used in 1939 to describe crimes allegedly committed by business and government professionals, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which handles many white collar criminal cases in the United States.
Since the term was first used, white collar criminal charges have become much more complicated and sophisticated. There’s also often a lot of debate about whether certain business practices are legal or against the law, or who’s ultimately responsible for such business practices.
That’s why it’s always prudent to contact an attorney as soon as possible to discuss the details of your criminal charges or investigation into your business practices.
Corruption, fraud, tax evasion and other cases handled by Mazzoni Karam Petorak & Valvano
White collar crimes in Pennsylvania cover a wide range of alleged criminal activity. Some of the most common white collar crimes we handle at our law firm include:
Many other types of white collar crimes exist. If you have been charged with a crime due to business practices you allegedly engaged in at work, make sure you have a lawyer looking out for your best interests working for you.
How are white collar criminal cases different from other cases?
Often, there’s a gray area between what is legal and what is against the law when it comes to white collar crimes. Different interpretations of different state and federal laws can make a dramatic difference between business practices considered legal and those against the law.
As a result, investigating such cases can be extremely complicated and time consuming. Because many lawyers and even some business professionals do not fully understand the laws governing such activities, sifting through all the evidence (expense reports, billing statements, tax returns, etc.) can be an arduous task.
Many law firms avoid taking on such tough cases. We thrive on them. That’s because we understand the seriousness of such charges. We truly want to help our fellow business leaders and professionals tackle their legal problems head on.
What are the penalties for white collar criminal cases?
If you are convicted of a white collar crime in Pennsylvania, you could get more than a slap on the wrist. Significant fines and extensive jail time are a real possibility depending on the severity of your charge.
Many business professionals convicted of a white collar criminal charge sometimes lose their license to perform such work in the future. The financial hardship of such penalties can be devastating. You spent years learning your skills. Now, you might be unable to use them again.
In addition, many so-called white collar crimes often involve violations of federal laws. In such cases, you would be sentenced to serve your prison time in a federal corrections facility, which are often located far from here, making it difficult for family members to visit you in prison.
“Why should I hire a Pennsylvania white collar criminal lawyer?”
The stakes are simply too high not to take aggressive legal action. Everything you have worked hard to accomplish professionally could be taken away with one criminal conviction. That’s why it’s vital that you contact Mazzoni Karam Petorak & Valvano immediately.
We know you know your business best. We’re simply here to help guide you through the legal minefield often associated with such complicated criminal cases. We can explain all the legal options available to you. That way, you can decide what course you think we should take to resolve your case.
Put your trust in a law firm that puts your best interests first. Contact us. We offer a free case evaluation to all potential clients. Call (570) 348-0776 and schedule an appointment at our conveniently located office in downtown Scranton.