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Savannah White Collar Crimes Lawyer
Defending Against Charges Throughout Pooler and Tybee, GA
A white collar crime charge or conviction in Savannah, GA, can be life-changing. The State takes these matters very seriously and often pursues maximum penalties. Because white collar crimes are either misdemeanors or felonies, being found guilty can result in incarceration and/or fines. Your career and personal relationships may be affected, making it difficult for you to move forward after going through this challenging experience. Fortunately, you do not have to simply accept the charge. You have the right to fight the accusations and seek a favorable outcome that may allow you to minimize or avoid penalties and other harsh consequences.
At Tignor Law Firm, our Savannah white collar crimes attorney understands that good people can face severe allegations. That is why we deliver the zealous defense our clients need to protect their futures and good names. Our personalized approach begins with a one-on-one conversation to learn about the facts of the case from your perspective. We then review all relevant evidence and laws to determine a practical course of action. Backed by 11 years of legal experience and a primary focus on criminal defense matters, we know how to develop compelling strategies for even the most complicated cases.
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What Constitutes a White Collar Crime in Georgia?
Generally, white collar crimes are non-violent offenses involving deception for financial gain or to obtain some other benefit. They often occur within the commercial or government sector.
That said, anyone can be accused of committing them, including:
- Professionals, or
- State agents or employees.
If you're facing accusations or are under investigation, please do not hesitate to reach out to our white collar crimes attorney in Savannah. These cases are highly complex, typically involving mounds of paperwork and financial records. We will go through everything with a fine-tooth comb to uncover the facts and vigorously defend you.
To learn more about how our Savannah white collar crimes lawyer can help, please call us at (912) 470-4755 or contact us online today.
What Are Common White Collar Crimes in GA?
White collar crimes can take many forms. In Georgia, various offenses can be classified as such.
A few examples of common white collar crimes include:
- Extortion (O.C.G.A. § 16-8-16): This offense involves unlawfully obtaining property from another by threatening to cause some type of harm to them, such as inflicting bodily injury or threatening to distribute information that could hurt their personal or professional reputation.
- Embezzlement (O.C.G.A. § 16-8-4): A person may be accused of this offense if they had lawful control over another individual’s or entity's money or property and they allegedly used it for their personal use, violating the terms of their agreement.
- Forgery (O.C.G.A. § 16-9-1): Georgia law separates forgery into four degrees, depending on the conduct. In general, the offense involves using, making, or possessing something a person knows is fake or false and intending to defraud another person or business.
- Debit or credit card fraud (O.C.G.A. § 16-9-33): These charges are filed when someone, with the intent to defraud, uses or possesses a financial transaction card knowing it's forged or without the cardholder's consent.
- Identity fraud (O.C.G.A. § 16-9-121): Accusations for this crime arise when someone willfully and fraudulently and without permission uses, creates, or possesses the identifying information of another person – whether that individual is living or deceased.
- Tax evasion (O.C.G.A. § 48-1-6): Several acts can constitute tax evasion. They include filing a state return knowing that it contains false statements, omitting information on a return or claim, or evading or attempting to evade a tax obligation.
Being investigated for an offense listed above or any other white collar crime can be scary and overwhelming. But you do not have to navigate the matter all your own. At Tignor Law Firm, we will stand beside you through every stage of your case, helping you understand your legal options and alleviating some of your worries.
What Are the Penalties for White Collar Crimes in Georgia?
White collar crimes might not involve violence against another person. However, they are still serious matters, as they can result in significant financial losses to businesses and individuals.
A range of penalties can be imposed, with the exact punishments being tied to the facts of the case.
Possible penalties for a few specific white collar crimes include:
- 1 to 10 years of imprisonment
- 1 to 5 years of imprisonment if the offense involved property valued at $1,500.01 but less than $5,000
- 1 to 10 years of imprisonment if the offense involved property valued at $5,000 but less than $25,000
- 2 to 20 years of imprisonment if the offense involved property valued at more than $24,999.99
- First-degree: 1 to 15 years of imprisonment
- Second- or third-degree: 1 to 5 years of imprisonment
- Fourth-degree: Up to 12 months in jail
- Credit card or debit card fraud:
- 1 to 3 years of imprisonment
- Identity fraud:
- 1 to 10 years of imprisonment
- Tax evasion:
- Up to 12 months in jail
If someone is accused of a white collar crime, that doesn't necessarily mean that they will be subject to the maximum penalties. Depending on the situation, it may be possible to get charges dropped or obtain an acquittal. If the individual is found guilty, a defense lawyer could argue that a lesser term of incarceration or fine is warranted.
Allow our Savannah white collar crimes lawyer to review your case to determine a path forward. We can leverage our knowledge, skills, and resources to work toward an optimal result on your behalf.
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No matter what white collar crime you have been accused of, consult with Tignor Law Firm about your case. We will have a straightforward discussion about the situation and deliver the advice and guidance you need to make an informed decision about how the matter progresses.
For compassionate and dedicated legal representation from our white collar crimes attorney in Savannah, contact us at (912) 470-4755.
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