Zimmermann Lavine & Zimmermann, P.C.

770 S. Post Oak Lane,
Suite 620
Houston, Texas 77056

Office: (713) 552-0300
Fax: (713) 552-0746

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Jack B. Zimmermann
recognized every year from 2003 to 2014 by Law & Politics as a Super Lawyer (an outstanding lawyer who has attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement), published in Super Lawyers Magazine.
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Jim E. Lavine
recognized every year from 2003 to 2014 by Law & Politics as a Super Lawyer (an outstanding lawyer who has attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement), published in Super Lawyers Magazine.
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Terri R. Zimmermann
recognized every year from 2009 to 2014 by Law & Politics as a Super Lawyer (an outstanding lawyer who has attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement), and every year from 2004 to 2007 as a Rising Star (one of the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state -- those who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less), published in Super Lawyers Magazine.
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Tipping the Scales In Your Favor

Criminal Defense Lawyers – Fighting For Those Accused of White Collar Crimes

The term “white collar crime” gives many different people many different impressions.  That’s likely because so many different acts could be classified as white collar crime.  The number of charges that can fall into this category has continued to grow given the advent of the Internet and other forms of technology, but there is also a misconception in existence regarding these crimes – that being convicted of one is not as serious as a conviction for a violent crime.

Below is information regarding white collar crimes that are typically federal in nature as well as examples of specific state laws in Texas that deal with these issues.  You’ll also find what you should do if you face this difficult legal situation.

Federal White Collar Crimes

There are several different crimes that are typically charged and prosecuted in federal court, and a few examples of these white collar crimes include:

 

Any or all of these crimes can be charged as felonies, and each of them carries the potential for a significant term of incarceration in a federal penitentiary, as well as severe fines, forfeiture of assets, and other financial penalties.


Texas White Collar Crimes

Although the majority of white collar crimes are handled in federal court, Texas has a few different statutes in existence that also speak to specific crimes.  Below is an overview of a few examples:


As referred to above, the amount of jail or prison time that could attach to a conviction of a white collar crime depends in large part on the amount of money or value of benefits wrongfully obtained.  There are some white collar crimes that are classified as Class A misdemeanors, which carry a maximum penalty of one year of incarceration and a $4,000.00 fine, and others that are first degree felonies.  First degree felonies can carry a prison term of anywhere between 5 – 99 years in prison and a $10,000.00 fine.

How to Proceed

If you are facing any sort of white collar crime investigation, you need to act now to make sure that you properly build a strong defense.  Contact the criminal defense lawyers at the law firm of Zimmermann Lavine & Zimmermann, P.C. today to schedule an initial consultation.

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