What makes white collar crime different?

White-collar crime is a “brand” of crime covering a variety of activities that usually involve cheating someone out of something.  I’ve covered it previously here.  The main deference between “white-collar” crimes, like tax evasion, mortgage fraud, FEMA fraud, etc., and “blue-collar” crimes, like robbery, homicide, etc., is the means by which the offense is committed.  Blue-collar crimes typically involve physical force, whereas white collar crimes are usually technical and financial in nature, and committed in commercial situations.

White collar crimes can be charged in both state and federal court.  Federal law covers a much wider range of criminal misconduct, and the  federal criminal justice system is the forum of choice for large scale cases with an interstate, nationwide, or international scope.  But Mississippi has entire sections of its code dedicated to offenses that can be classified as “white collar,” and the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office, in cooperation with other state agencies like the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the State Auditor’s Office, are more than capable of investigating and prosecuting white collar crime.

Clarence Guthrie regularly represents clients in both state and federal court who are charged with white collar crime.   He also assists clients with filing and litigating appeals in state and federal appellate courts.  A white collar case is likely to start with an investigation, and you may not even be aware of it.  When you do find out, call Clarence immediately for an honest assessment of your case.