White collar crimes are typically non-violent offenses. Because of this, many people do not recognize the serious situation posed by these crimes. The truth is that these offenses can be especially harmful to our communities and society as a whole. Such cases often have catastrophic economic consequences and can result in a victim’s loss of employment, savings, and of overall confidence in financial institutions. Depending on the offense and the breadth of the loss, a defendant may be charged with a misdemeanor, a felony, or a federal offense. It is important to note that prosecutors will relentlessly pursue these charges and judges will often show little sympathy or leniency. Therefore, it is crucial that you retain an experienced criminal defense lawyer early on in the process to ensure that your rights will remain protected. Omar Abdelghany is a Panama City white collar crime defense attorney. He has been licensed since 2013 and he prides himself on providing the highest level of service. Call our office today to schedule an initial consultation.
Panama City lawyer handling white collar offenses involving embezzlement, mail fraud, computer hacking, etc.
There are several different types of offenses that can be classified as “white collar.” Depending on the type of conduct involved, a defendant may find themselves charged with a misdemeanor, a felony, or a federal offense. Examples of such charges include:
- Passing bad checks
- Mail fraud
- Identity theft
- Hacking and other internet related crimes
- Money laundering
Penalties for such offenses can range from a Class A misdemeanor in federal court, or a first-degree misdemeanor in Florida, which carries a sentence of up to twelve months in jail, to a felony, which may include a sentence ranging from thirty years to life in prison. How an offense is charged will depend on a variety of factors.
The process for how a white collar crime case begins will depend on the actual charge. If one is charged with a felony, then the defendant will appear before the judge on duty within twenty-four hours of the arrest. The Judge will then make a probable cause determination. If probable cause is found, then the accused will enter a plea of “not guilty” and a trial date will be set at that time. Under our state’s speed trial laws, the matter will be set within 175 days and misdemeanors will be set within ninety. Cases involving white collar crime often depend on the admission of financial records or information obtained from a smartphone or computer. If law enforcement violated the defendant’s rights in their quest to retrieve such evidence, then counsel can seek to have the evidence excluded. If a dismissal cannot be obtained and the matter cannot be resolved through negotiation, then the case will proceed to trial. White collar offenses also often involve the investigation of highly-sensitive information and the use of expert witnesses may be necessary. Therefore, litigating such matters can be especially complicated. It is important that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney if you have been charged with such an offense.
Omar Abdelghany is a Panama City white collar crimes lawyer. He will review all arrest reports and probable cause affidavits prior to your initial consultation in order to have an understanding of your situation. He will then use your consultation to hear your side of the story and to help you understand what it is that you can expect from the process. He will obtain all of the evidence that the prosecution is legally required to provide and formulate a defense strategy. If he believes your rights were violated, such as through the searching of your smartphone without a warrant, then he will file any necessary Motions with the Court. Should the case not be dismissed then Omar will retain any necessary expert witnesses in order to build the best possible defense on your behalf. If a resolution cannot be reached then we will make sure that your case is prepared for trial and that your rights are protected throughout the process. We understand that this is a serious time in your life. We will take your case seriously. Contact us today.
Attorney assisting white collar defendants in Panama City and throughout Bay County, Florida
Omar understands the seriousness involved in being charged with a white collar crime. A conviction for such an offense can have a disastrous impact on your future. This why he strives to provide the highest levels of service and dedication to his clients. Omar will personally handle the details of your case and will provide regular attorney-client communication while doing so. This includes giving out his cell number, promptly responding to messages, and making himself available to answer your questions. We promise this level of service in every case we handle.
Omar also serves clients in the Bay County cities of Callaway, Lynn Haven, and Panama City Beach as well as Calhoun County residents in Blountstown, Holmes County residents in Bonifay, Gulf County residents in Port St. Joe, Okaloosa County residents in Destin, Jackson County residents in Marianna, and Washington County residents in Chipley. He is also licensed to practice in federal court before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida.