Alabama White Collar Crimes Defense Attorneys
Even though white-collar crimes aren’t necessarily associated with violence, they can cause severe harm to individuals and businesses. This is why the Alabama and federal courts take these crimes seriously.
If prosecutors or federal agents uncover sufficient evidence to charge you with any number of offenses, you could be facing imprisonment and exorbitant fines. On top of this, a conviction will damage your personal and professional reputation for the foreseeable future.
If you have been charged with a white-collar crime or informed that you are under investigation, you need to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney. At Kirk Drennan Law, we have nearly 20 years of experience representing people under criminal investigation or charged with all types of criminal offenses in federal, state, and municipal courts throughout Alabama.
Our firm will put its extensive resources and knowledge to work on your behalf. We understand that having criminal charges filed against you can be frustrating and terrifying. From the moment you retain our services, we take calculated and immediate action to help you get the best results possible.
Experienced Representation for Alabama White Collar Defense
If you are facing white collar criminal charges or a federal investigation, it’s vital that you choose a lawyer that has substantial and specific experience with your type of case. Kirk Drennan Law’s Criminal Defense Group is led by attorney Derek Drennan, who has been a dedicated advocate for his clients for nearly two decades.
Drennan provides aggressive legal advocacy, challenging any attempts by the government to deprive his clients of their liberties and property. Our firm develops innovative case strategies aimed at resolving your case as quickly and favorably as possible.
White Collar Criminal Cases We Handle
Any type of white-collar criminal charge or hint of an investigation should be taken seriously. Some of the types of white-collar crimes we handle throughout Alabama include:
Bank and Check Fraud
Examples of bank fraud include altering checks, forging signatures on financial instruments, using identity theft to obtain credit or a loan, and check kiting. This is a federal crime that carries penalties of up to 30 years in prison and $1 million in fines for each offense per 18 U.S.C. Section 1344.
Forgery is also a federal crime pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Sections 470 through 514. It refers to the falsified signatures on financial instruments as well as other legal documents. Penalties include imprisonment of up to 20 years and substantial fines.
According to 18 U.S.C. Sections 656 and 657, embezzlement is a white-collar crime that takes place when a person who is an officer or an employee of an FDIC-insured bank obtains funds from a federally-insured institution through improper means.
Federal authorities use different statutes to investigate and pursue healthcare fraud cases, including the Stark Law, the Anti-Kickback Statute, and the False Claims Act. The penalties for private insurance or federal healthcare (Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare) fraud will vary.
Wire and Mail Fraud
Under 18 U.S.C. Sections 1341 and 1343, it is unlawful to use the internet, the U.S. Postal Service, or any electronic device to commit a white-collar criminal offense. Each instance of fraud is punishable by up 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines.
Sadly, federal prosecutors routinely pursue tax evasion charges against individuals and small businesses instead of major corporations. The fines and other penalties, including jail time, can be steep.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) might accuse a financial firm, advisor, or broker of defrauding investors. There is also the possibility of insider trading charges. Both are federal charges that can result in heavy fines and imprisonment.
This is not an exhaustive list. Other charges that we commonly see include money laundering, racketeering, identity theft, counterfeiting, and insurance fraud. If you’ve been charged with a crime, contact Kirk Drennan Law today to discuss your circumstances.
Have Your Assets Been Frozen?
If your assets have been frozen, those actions may not have been lawful, and we can help. The Supreme Court recently ruled that the government cannot seize or “freeze” assets that are unrelated to the crime in question.
The practice of freezing assets is a common tactic used by authorities with the goal of leaving defendants with little or no resources to use for their defense. In many cases, these actions are not justified, and we can help get them reversed.
Representation During an Investigation
When law enforcement opens an investigation into white collar crimes, they often cast a wide net. Unfortunately, too many people make the mistake of giving these officials free access to records or speaking with them without consulting an attorney in the belief that doing otherwise would be a sure sign of guilt.
When the evidence leads in a certain direction, law enforcement is sure to follow, and you might find yourself facing charges. Even when you haven’t been charged, it’s a smart choice to consult with a white-collar criminal defense attorney if you are approached by investigators.
Whether you are a person of interest, a target, or a witness in an investigation, our attorney can ensure that law enforcement follows the letter of the law. We can advise you of your rights, and our involvement can even stop an investigation from moving forward or minimize its impact on you by negotiating a deal with prosecutors that avoids formal charges.
White Collar Criminal Defense in Birmingham, AL
White collar crimes are incredibly serious, and there is a lot at stake if you’ve been charged with an offense or are the target of an investigation. If you need a lawyer or even think you might need representation, it’s vital that you speak with a qualified criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
At Kirk Drennan Law, we are fully ready and prepared to protect you from the severe consequences of your criminal matter. We provide free initial consultations to all criminal defense clients and offer affordable and flexible billing arrangements.
Contact our Birmingham office today at 205-803-3500 or reach us online for an appointment.