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When a civil financial matter turns into a criminal investigation

Cases involving allegations of white collar crime can be extremely complex. They often require the consideration of a high volume of documents, the meaning of which can be interpreted in numerous ways. In many cases, what started out as a civil matter -- bankruptcy, for example -- leads to a criminal investigation, and individuals accused of white collar crimes need the help of corporate, civil and criminal defence lawyers.

At Neuberger & Associates LLP, we have experience in working with civil lawyers to protect the interests of business clients. Depending on the circumstances of the case, early legal intervention could help prevent criminal charges from being filed. If criminal allegations are leveled against a business client, then a criminal defence lawyer can ensure that the evidence is thoroughly evaluated with a view toward protecting the client from any negative consequences.

It is often necessary to leverage significant resources in white collar crime cases. These resources may include forensic accountants, technology experts, private investigators and other specialists. Along with the ability to leverage these resources, a sophisticated understanding of criminal law is necessary to effectively defend against fraud and other financial charges.

Breach of trust allegations are often accompanied by other charges such as embezzlement and fraud. Fiduciaries facing these charges will need a strong criminal defence, as the penalties are severe and the prosecution will approach the case aggressively.

Not everyone accused of breach of trust is guilty, however, and no criminal allegation automatically leads to a conviction. If you believe you are being investigated for white collar crime, then you should speak with a criminal defence attorney as soon as possible.