White Collar Crimes

As experienced New York City white collar criminal defense lawyers representing clients all over the metropolitan area from Manhattan to White Plains and Rockland County to Brooklyn, the founding partners at Crotty Saland PC learned from legendary Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau who zealously fought crime in both the streets and the suites. Whether the accused was a hedge funder, Wall street financier, chief financial officer, accountant, receptionist, school teacher, contractor or an unemployed schemer, just as the former Manhattan Assistant District Attorneys at Crotty Saland were taught, prosecutors today still preach the same mantra as they have for decades. White collar crimes can lead to ruin, decimation of lives and adverse impacts to mom and pop businesses, corporations, individuals, the government and anyone who falls prey to such criminal acts.

Various statutes in New York's Penal Law may define theses offenses differently, but because white collar crime involves some form of theft or an intent to defraud, law enforcement will not hesitate to identify and prosecute offenders whether the allegations involve no financial theft or loss or well north of hundreds of thousands of fraud. While different than more violent crimes, punishment for white collar offenses can be equally, if not more, severe. Should you run afoul of the law, maintain your naiveite and arrogance at your own peril. You will have only yourself to blame when you family or friends come visit you "upstate" after your felony conviction ends in incarceration or your misdemeanor sentence lands you in a jail such as the infamous Rikers Island.

Types of White Collar crimes include:

Who We Represent: Corporations and Business

Crotty Saland PC represents individuals and corporations in complex white collar criminal investigations, grand jury proceedings and trials. Additionally, we conduct internal investigations for companies prior to and during law enforcement investigations as well as assist those same businesses who are victims of fraud crimes and want to pursue alternative means to secure lost monies. Equally important, whether it is complying with or responding to a subpoena, the New York white collar criminal defense attorneys at Crotty Saland PC can take the steps to mitigate your or your company’s exposure to prosecution.

Who We Represent: Individuals

It is of critical importance to recognize that not all white collar crimes are perpetrated by greedy CEOs bilking shareholders or the public out of millions of dollars. Shoplift $100, $1,000 or $10,000 from Macys, Bloomingdales, Saks, or Century 21, you will face Petit Larceny, Fourth Degree Grand Larceny or Third Degree Grand Larceny respectively. Skim $75,000 or over $1,000,000 from your employer by altering bills, receipts or invoices, not only will you face First Degree Falsifying Business Records, but an indictment for Second Degree Grand Larceny and First Degree Grand Larceny respectively. Victimizing a few people in an apartment rental scam or an immigration fraud for only a couple grand doesn’t seem so bad, right? The frank reality is that when those who are victimize are least able to afford it, not only would a Grand Jury consider a larceny related crime, but Scheme to Defraud is no doubt waiting at the end of an indictment.

The list of crimes from Tax Fraud for failure to remit sales taxes to the City or State of New York and Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument for possessing fake identifications to Fourth Degree Criminal Possession of Stolen Property for having a stolen debit card and Enterprise Corruption for running with a crew in a criminal operation for gambling, loan sharking, identify frauds or other crimes, are as varied as they are felonious.

Make no mistake. The days of slaps on the wrist are long over. If you are not an American citizen, you are licensed through FINRA, maintain a professional certification or work for the NYC Board of Education or other agencies, going to prison is only one of your many worries. The crippling of your livelihood, ability to support your family and career are all very real concerns.

While some white collar offenses do not mandate a jail sentence, a lack of requirement for incarceration does not mean a judge won’t hesitate to put you behind bars at the request of the District Attorney. Likewise, some crimes are felonies that can and will no doubt result in significant terms of imprisonment and large fines. In fact, you have to look no further than Dennis Kozlowski and the Tyco trial. Mr. Kozlowski had no criminal record but was sentenced to 8 and 1/3 to 25 years state prison. Simply, when your liberty is at stake, implementing a defense to best protect your liberty is tantamount.

Regardless of the potential sentence if convicted, it is absolutely imperative to negotiate a proper disposition quickly. Often, the longer these types of cases progress without an accused taking affirmative steps to deal with the case, the prosecution digs their heels in, spends more time and money investigating, and is less likely to be agreeable in negotiations. In fact, a defendant or target of an investigation may have a legitimate defense that needs to be presented to law enforcement. Waiting to do so may damage your ability to obtain a proper disposition, deal or dismissal in the future.

Whatever your defense may be, the New York criminal lawyers at Crotty Saland PC are both experienced and prepared to advocate in your time of need. Founded by former prosecutors in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office who supervised multi-million dollar money laundering investigations, fraud schemes, identity theft crimes, and other New York City white collar offenses, Crotty Saland PC has the hands on experience, training and knowledge to preserve your livelihood, integrity and liberty.

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