Corporate Criminal Defense

White-Collar Crime

White-collar crime takes its name from the traditional style of dress for professionals in the office. The image may conjure a sense of calm orderliness, far removed from what’s often described as “street crime.” But white-collar crime is serious, and so are the consequences.

In addition to jail or prison time, fines, probation and other consequences, a financial-crime conviction can have a significant impact on your employment options.

If you’ve been charged with a white-collar crime, you’ll want an experienced, compassionate criminal defense attorney on your side.

About Quinones & Associates

Attorney Letitia Quinones has dedicated her legal practice to helping people who are facing state or federal criminal charges in Texas. After more than two decades in criminal defense practice, she understands that effective representation requires a blend of skill, knowledge, dedication and personal service.  

If you hire our firm to represent you in a white-collar criminal defense, you can expect: 

  • The full force of our skills, knowledge and experience at your disposal to fight the charges against you 
  • Understanding and accessibility to help you navigate what is likely an unfamiliar criminal-justice process 
  • Thorough, accurate information about what’s at stake, the strength or weakness of your case, and your options — all in plain English 
  • A buffer between you and the prosecution, to protect you from innocent mistakes that could come back to haunt you 
  • A willingness to take the right approach for you, whether that means negotiating for the most favorable plea agreement possible or arguing your case to a jury 


The sooner you speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney, the better. 
  

What is White-Collar Crime?

White-collar crimes are typically financial crimes committed through fraud, embezzlement, regulatory violations, and other nonviolent means. Some common examples of white-collar crime are:  

  • Tax fraud 
  • Other fraud against the government 
  • Medicare fraud 
  • Insurance fraud 
  • Securities fraud 
  • Financial schemes 
  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) fraud 
  • Bank fraud 
  • Mortgage fraud 
  • Theft of intellectual property 
  • Identity theft 
  • Counterfeiting 
  • Bribery 
  • Antitrust violations 
  • Money laundering 
  • Wire fraud 
  • Mail fraud 
  • Compounding pharmacy fraud 


Some of these crimes are, by their nature, federal. For example, Medicare fraud or tax fraud involving the Internal Revenue Service are crimes against the federal government. Others may be state crimes or may violate both state and federal law. 
 

Who Gets Charged with white-collar crimes?

Some white-collar crimes involve elaborate schemes and millions or even billions of dollars. But not all white-collar crime rises to the level you see on the news. In fact, many people who are charged with a white-collar crime are surprised to learn how serious the consequences can be for actions such as:  

  • Underreporting income on your taxes 
  • Using corporate funds for personal expenses, even with the intent to return the money 
  • Inflating your income on a mortgage or other loan application 


The bottom line is that you may be charged with a white-collar crime for a single transaction involving a relatively small amount of money or based on an ongoing scheme involving multiple parties and large sums of money. 
 

Either way, your future is on the line.  

Your next step should be to speak with an experienced white-collar criminal defense attorney like Letitia Quinones. You can schedule your initial consultation right now by calling 713-481-7420 or filling out the contact form on this site.