OKC Criminal Defense & DUI Attorneys
OKC Criminal Defense & DUI Attorneys

Yukon White Collar Crime Lawyer

If You Have Been Charged With Fraud or Embezzlement, We Can Help

The term "white collar crime" is often used to broadly describe non-violent offenses primarily motivated by monetary gain. Although white collar crimes were once associated with people of higher social status or class, today just about anyone can face serious charges of fraud, embezzlement, or other offenses involving money or property. And the penalties for these crimes can be just as harsh as some violent offenses.

If you are facing these kinds of charges, the Yukon white collar crime lawyers at Fassio Law can advise you of your rights and defend your interests in court. We understand that a criminal charge is a potentially life-altering event. And that is why we will help you to explore every option when it comes to handling your case.

We Represent Clients in a Wide Range of White Collar Cases

Most white collar crimes involve the use of deceptive or dishonest conduct in order to obtain the money or property of another, i.e., fraud. Some common examples of fraud that we defend clients against include:

  • Check Fraud: If you write a "bad check," i.e., one where you know there are insufficient funds in your account to cover it, that is considered check fraud or use of a "bogus check."
  • Counterfeiting: It is against the law to create, use, or knowingly possess any kind of forged currency, including the coin or banknotes of any country.
  • Credit Card Fraud: The unauthorized use - or possession - of someone's credit card to obtain goods or services is fraud. This can include situations where the card holder authorizes a use that is not permitted by the financial institution that issued the card.
  • False Declaration of Ownership to a Pawnbroker: If you try and pawn any property that does not belong to you, you can be charged with filing a false declaration of ownership. You may face additional charges if you present a pawnbroker with false identification.
  • Financial Exploitation: Oklahoma has strict laws protecting the elderly and disabled adults from financial exploitation by caregivers, family members, and other persons. In this context, "exploitation" means using deception, intimidation, or threats to obtain control of a person's money or property.
  • Forgery: If you falsify or alter any kind of document with the intent to defraud, that is considered forgery. Similarly, if you knowingly use or present forged documents with the intent to defraud, that is a separate offense known as "uttering a forged instrument." Forgery can carry up to 20 years in prison.
  • Embezzlement: If you are legally entitled to possess property or money belonging to another, but you use it for an unauthorized purpose, you can be charged with embezzlement.  This charge often stems from allegations that a person stole from their employer.

What Are Your Options When Facing a White Collar Charge?

There are a number of possible defenses to a white collar charge depending on the specific facts of the case. For example, the defendant may be able to show "lack of intent" to defraud, which can defeat many fraud-based charges. Or there may be proof that the defendant acted under duress or coercion. The police may have also violated the defendant's rights in the course of their investigation, such as by conducting an improper search or seizure of key evidence.

Even in cases where a person is prepared to accept some degree of responsibility, it is still in their best interest to work with an experienced Yukon white collar crime lawyer. At Fassio Law, we will listen to your story and explain the law to you. It may be possible to negotiate a plea agreement with the prosecution to minimize the severity of a potential sentence. And if you do have a strong possible defense, we can take aggressive action to assert your rights in court.

So if you need legal advice on dealing with a white collar criminal charge, contact us today at (405) 593-8444 to schedule a free case assessment with a member of our staff.

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