Roanoke White Collar Crimes Lawyer Assisting Virginia Defendants
White collar crimes are different than most other criminal charges as the charges involve conduct in the course of business. White collar crime is viewed as doing a great deal of harm to our society. Such cases can lead to extreme financial losses to a business, as well as a loss of confidence in various institutions or markets depending on the nature of the accusation. Depending on the nature of the offense, a defendant may find themselves charged with a misdemeanor, a felony, or they may find themselves prosecuted in federal court. It is important to understand that prosecutors will vigorously pursue such matters and judges will often show little leniency to one who has been convicted. It is, therefore, important that you retain a criminal defense attorney experienced in such matters. Cerid Lugar is a Roanoke white collar crimes lawyer who has been licensed since 2008. She works to provide the highest level of representation in each case she handles. Call our office today to schedule an initial consultation. We also serve Salem and other areas in southwest Virginia.
Roanoke attorney handling white collar offenses involving computer hacking, embezzlement, the passing of bad checks, etc.
There are many types of offenses which are considered “white collar” in nature. Depending on the nature of the conduct involved, a defendant may find themselves charged with a misdemeanor, a felony, or with a federal offense. Common examples of such cases include:
- Money laundering
- Mail fraud
- Passing bad checks
- Identify theft
- Wire fraud
- Hacking and internet related crimes
Penalties for such cases can range from a class 1 misdemeanor (which carries a sentence of up to twelve months in jail) to a felony with a forty year sentence in the Virginia state court system.
How a white collar case begins depends on the nature of the offense. If they are charged with a Virginia felony, then the accused will be arraigned after an Indictment has been issued or a preliminary hearing has been held. The defendant will enter a plea of “not guilty” and a trial date will be set. Such cases often hinge on the admission of financial records, information obtained from a computer, or information obtained from a smartphone. If law enforcement violated the defendant’s rights while collecting such information, then it may be possible to gain a dismissal of the charges. If a dismissal is not obtained then the matter must be resolved either through negotiations or through a trial. If the matter goes to trial, then it is the prosecution’s burden to prove that the offense occurred and that the accused intentionally committed an illegal act. Litigating such matters can be highly complicated. It is strongly suggested that you retain an experienced lawyer.
Cerid Lugar is a Roanoke white collar crimes attorney who has been licensed since 2008. Cerid will use your initial consultation to hear your side of the story and to help you understand what it is you should expect from the process. She will quickly obtain all evidence which the prosecution is required to provide and she will also conduct a full investigation. Our office will file all necessary Motions with the Court and we will not hesitate to take your case to trial should one be necessary. We understand that this is a serious time in your life. We are ready to assist you.
Lawyer assisting white collar defendants in Roanoke, Salem, and other southwest Virginia areas
Our lawyer understands the impact that a white collar conviction can have on your future. This is why she strives to provide the highest level of service to her clients. This service includes regular attorney-client communication. Cerid promptly responds to messages and makes herself available to answer any questions you may have. She is honored to serve those in the Roanoke community and this high level of service is our promise in each and every case we handle.
Other Virginia areas we serve include the cities of Cave Spring, Salem, the Botetourt County city of Hollins, the Bedford County cities of Bedford and Forest, the Franklin County city of Rocky Mount, and the Montgomery County cities of Blacksburg, Christiansburg, and Radford.