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White Collar Crime

Financially-motivated non-violent crimes are commonly referred to as “white collar” offenses. The alleged offenders in these cases are typically professionals and executives in powerful business or government roles. Prosecutors and investigators throughout Florida take these cases especially seriously because the elderly and disabled are highly susceptible to victimization.

There are several offenses that constitute white-collar crimes under Florida law, including forgery, bribery, fraud, and the passing of worthless checks. Each criminal offense has its own elements or specific conduct necessary to rise to criminal activity. The specific offense depends on a variety of factors, including the level of participation, duration, amount or monetary value, and more.

These crimes, investigative process, and prosecution are complex and it is highly recommended to consult an experienced white collar defense lawyer immediately following allegations or charges of forgery, bribery, or any white collar crime.

Lawyer for White-Collar Crime in Miami-Dade County, FL

If you have been accused or charged with any financially-motivated crime or white collar crime, including money laundering, forgery, organized fraud, computer crimes, do not speak law enforcement, prosecutors, or any governmental entity. Contact an experienced financial crimes defense attorney immediately.

White collar crimes may be prosecuted in state court or federal court. Miami-based criminal defense Evan Hoffman is admitted to practice in Florida State Court and U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida. He has years of experience obtaining favorable results on behalf of clients charged with white collar crimes.

The Hoffman Firm helps clients all over Miami-Dade County, including Miami, North Miami, South Miami, Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Aventura, Key Biscayne, Hialeah,  and Opa Locka.

Call (305) 249-0090 at (305) 249-0090 or submit an online form to schedule a confidential review of your case and explore all of your legal options. From the initial consultation, Evan Hoffman, will examine your case from all aspects and begin building the strongest defense on your behalf.

Do not trust your case with a novice attorney. At The Hoffman Firm "Our Knowledge and Experience are Your Best Defense".


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White Collar Crime Overview

The term white collar crime was coined in 1939 to refer to nonviolent, financial crimes committed by individuals of high social status by virtue of his or her occupations. Initially, white collar crimes were typically committed by business executives and other professionals. However, as technology has increased and become more accessible, white collar crimes are committed by individuals of all class levels, social status, and occupations.

White collar crime is a serious problem in Miami, Florida. According to a study by Syracuse University, Miami ranked number 1 in the United States in white collar prosecutions in the last year (current as of June 2016). Five years ago, Miami ranked second in the nation for white collar prosecutions.

Commonly prosecuted white collar crimes include the following:

  • Computer Crimes
  • Worthless Checks
  • Forgery
  • Identity Theft
  • Healthcare Fraud
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Bribery

In response to the prevalence of white-collar offense in Florida, Florida legislators enacted a specific criminal statute governing white collar crime called the White Collar Crime Victim Protection Act.


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Florida Definitions of White Collar Crime

In 2013, the Florida Legislature enacted the White Collar Victim Protection Act. The White Collar Victim Protection Act was passed due to “the frequency with which victims, particularly elderly victims, are deceived and cheated by criminals who commit nonviolent frauds and swindles, frequently through the use of the Internet and other electronic technology and frequently causing the loss of substantial amounts of property.”

The legislature enhanced sanctions imposed for nonviolence frauds and swindles, protect the public's property, and assist in prosecuting white collar crimes.

The White Collar Victim Protection Act defines white collar crimes as the following:

  • Chapter 560, relating to the Money Transmitters’ Code;
  • Chapter 812, relating to theft, robbery, and related crimes;
  • Chapter 815, relating to computer-related crimes;
  • Chapter 817, relating to fraudulent practices;
  • Chapter 825, relating to abuse, neglect, and exploitation of elderly persons and disabled adults;
  • Chapter 831, relating to forgery and counterfeiting;
  • Chapter 832, relating to the issuance of worthless checks and drafts;
  • Chapter 838, relating to bribery and misuse of public office;
  • Chapter 839, relating to offenses by public officers and employees;
  • Chapter 895, relating to offenses concerning racketeering and illegal debts; or
  • Chapter 896, relating to offenses related to financial transactions.

A white collar crime can also be defined as a felony offense that:

  • is committed with intent to defraud or that involves a conspiracy to defraud.
  • is committed with intent to temporarily or permanently deprive a person of his or her property or that involves a conspiracy to temporarily or permanently deprive a person of his or her property.
  • involves or results in the commission of fraud or deceit upon a person or that involves a conspiracy to commit fraud or deceit upon a person.

If an alleged offender engages in “at least two white collar crimes that have the same or similar intents, results, accomplices, victims, or methods of commission, or that are otherwise interrelated by distinguishing characteristics and are not isolated incidents, provided that at least one of such crimes occurred after the effective date of this act,” it is defined as aggravated white collar crime under Florida Statute § 775.0844(4).


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Types of White Collar Crime in Miami-Dade County

Many different crimes are listed under the chapters of the Florida Statutes referenced above. Some of the most common white collar offenses in Florida include the following financial crimes:

  • Computer Crimes;
  • Forgery;
  • Money Laundering;
  • Worthless Checks;
  • Scheme to Defraud;
  • Credit Card Fraud;
  • Securities Fraud;
  • Perjury;
  • Notary Misconduct;
  • Elderly Exploitation; and
  • Financial Scams and Cons.

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Florida Resources for White Collar Crime

Florida Attorney General | Statewide Prosecutor — The Attorney General's Office of Statewide Prosecution (OSP) was created by Constitutional Amendment in 1986 and prosecutes crimes that impact two or more judicial circuits in the state of Florida. Because many white-collar crimes can encounter issues with local jurisdictional boundaries, the cases are often handled by the OSP. On this website, you can find various information for victims, annual reports, and recent news releases. The OSP has eight bureaus in the Sunshine State, including one in Miami:

Statewide Prosecution
Office of the Attorney General
Miami Office
Rivergate Plaza, Suite 650
444 Brickell Avenue
Miami, FL 33131
(305)377-5850 extension 201

Economic Crimes Bureau | Miami-Dade County — The Economic Crimes Bureau (ECB) of the Miami-Dade Police Department conducts criminal investigations into financial crimes. On this website, you can view the ECB’s “KNOW FRAUD” quick reference guide. You can also learn more about the Special Investigations Section that deals with such cases of major fraud involving credit card, check, real estate, prescription, and embezzlement fraud.


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The Hoffman Firm | White Collar Crime Defense Lawyer in Miami, Florida

If you have been arrested or suspect that you could be under investigation for any kind of a serious financial offense, you will want to retain legal counsel as soon as possible. The Hoffman Firm fights to get criminal charges reduced or dismissed for clients accused of all kinds of white collar crimes in the greater Miami-Dade County area.

Evan A. Hoffman is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Miami who aggressively defends clients in Miami, North Miami, South Miami, Miami Beach, and many other nearby areas. Evan Hoffman will provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case as soon as you call (305) 249-0090 or fill out an online contact form to schedule a free, confidential consultation.


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