Aggressive Defense Advocacy In White Collar Crimes Cases
White collar crime is a priority for state and federal law enforcement, which devote significant resources to the investigation and prosecution of such allegations. Prosecutors in Michigan pursue these cases aggressively. If you are convicted, you could face life-changing penalties similar to those that result from violent crimes.
At the Law Office of John Freeman, we vigorously defend people accused of all types of financial crimes in Metro Detroit and statewide. Our attorney brings more than 25 years of experience to each case, including experience as a former prosecutor. In short, we are a reliable resource for anyone facing serious criminal charges in Southeast Michigan.
Assessing The Charges Against You
Our firm can help you fight or otherwise resolve any white-collar crime charges, including:
- Embezzlement and employee theft: Embezzlement is a form of theft in which an employee steals from an employer. Attorney John Freeman can defend you from this and other theft charges.
- Tax evasion: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) takes unpaid taxes very seriously. Mr. Freeman often helps clients work with the government to come up with a repayment plan to avoid federal penalties.
- Money laundering: The concealment of illegally obtained funds can result in jail time. However, Mr. Freeman mounts a thorough defense to these allegations.
- Computer crimes: The rate of electronic crime is higher than ever. Fortunately, these crimes are difficult to prove, especially when we collaborate with forensic computer experts.
- Health care fraud, Medicare fraud: The health care industry is rife with fraud. You could permanently lose your career as well as your freedom if convicted.
- Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan fraud: PPP loans were common during the COVID-19 pandemic, which led some people to take advantage of them. You must demonstrate that you needed the loan and did not obtain funds fraudulently.
- Insider trading and stock fraud: Contrary to popular perception, insider trading is not something that the justice system lets slide. Stock fraud also incurs serious consequences that can ruin your financial career.
- Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act offenses: Criminal acts performed as part of a criminal organization such as the mob or a gang is considered racketeering. These are usually prosecuted as federal crimes.
- Welfare fraud: Anyone who collects benefits without actually needing them could face more than just having to return them. It is a criminal offense and a form of fraud.
- Extortion: Using threats or force to obtain something is a criminal act called extortion. The burden of proof for extortion is high, and Mr. Freeman frequently gets clients’ charges reduced or dismissed.
- Forgery: Technology helps make forgery easier and more tempting than ever. It also often makes forgeries easier to track, document and prove in court.
We will work to protect your rights and preserve your freedom using every legal tool at our disposal. To speak with an experienced Michigan white collar crimes lawyer, contact us for a free initial phone consultation.
Defending You From All Fraud Charges
One of the most common white collar crimes is fraud, or falsely representing certain facts to increase one’s financial gain. Fraud often involves false pretenses, or misrepresenting a fact to obtain money or property. Another aspect of fraud is false representation, which entails any type of misrepresentation for material gain.
There are numerous forms of fraud, including:
- Securities fraud
- Wire fraud
- Health care and Medicare fraud
- Credit card fraud
- Tax fraud (including tax evasion)
- Mortgage fraud
- Insurance fraud
Fortunately, Mr. Freeman has defended numerous clients from federal and state-level fraud charges. He understands what it takes to construct a persuasive case. You can sit down with him to ask questions about the charges against you. He will give an honest assessment of what you can expect.
The Experienced Defense Lawyer You Need
Attorney Freeman has handled white collar crime cases both as a prosecutor and as a criminal defense attorney. He understands how to evaluate the government’s evidence and is adept at developing effective counterstrategies. His experience as a prosecutor allows him to offer advice and evaluate your case from several different viewpoints.
To help him in the assessment of white collar criminal allegations involving complex financial transactions and computer crimes, Mr. Freeman draws upon a network of forensic accountants, financial analysts, computer experts and other professionals. These specialists can be critical to your defense and can provide persuasive testimony in court.
Take Action to Protect Your Legal Options
If you suspect that you are under an internal investigation by your employer or a criminal investigation, you need to act just as quickly as if you have been subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury. Know your rights and do not speak to authorities, such as the FBI; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); or IRS, without representation.
At the Law Office of John Freeman, our attorney can evaluate your case and advise you on your best legal defense options. He may be able to convince the prosecutor to drop the charges against you or file lesser charges. If it appears that you will be indicted, or if the government claims you are only a witness, we can take action to begin your defense effort immediately.
Contact A Fraud Lawyer In Michigan
Contact our criminal defense law office today. You can send us an email or call 248-250-9950 for your free consultation. Whatever your circumstances are, the sooner you call us, the sooner Mr. Freeman can begin preparing a vigorous defense on your behalf.