White Collar Crimes

Portland, Oregon: Defense of White Collar Crimes

If at all possible, do not wait until an arrest to seek legal advice if you believe you are under investigation by the police for a white collar crime such as embezzlement, credit card fraud, or any other kind of financial crime.

Your right to a criminal defense attorney begins before an arrest – and your lawyer will be better-positioned to protect your rights and your freedom if you seek legal advice at the first sign of investigation.

Experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys for White Collar Crimes

White collar crimes, also known as financial crimes, are different than other types of criminal charges in many ways. They are often preceded by a lengthy investigation. The investigation may even start with a regulatory body and not the police. These "civil" investigations may in turn, often to the surprise of the client, turn into a full-blown criminal investigation.

The investigation – and the process of building a defense – is paper-intensive and often requires consultation with forensic accountants and other financial professional experts. People accused of white collar crimes may never have encountered the criminal justice system before, and may require extensive legal counseling and guidance as they move through the system. They may also require an attorney who understands the importance of discretion, who will work as hard to protect the client's privacy and professional reputation as to protect the client's rights and freedoms.

At Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C., we founded our law firm with the specific intention of providing high-quality, highly focused and discreet criminal defense services – for reasonable fees – to residents of Portland and the surrounding Northwest Oregon communities.

Our lawyers bring to the table a combined 70 years of criminal defense experience in both state and federal criminal courts – almost all of it in Oregon. We know criminal defense law, and we know the Oregon criminal justice system.

We have successfully defended our clients against a wide range of white collar crimes, including charges of identity theft, mortgage fraud, credit card fraud and computer crimes.

General information about criminal law, criminal defense or the criminal justice system is available on the following pages of our Web site: Criminal Defense FAQ and Criminal Law Information Center. If, however, you have questions about a specific case, we urge you to contact our office as soon as possible.

Contact Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C for a Free and Confidential Initial Consultation

All initial consultations are free. We will discuss fees in depth at the initial consultation and we will work with you to find a fee structure that is appropriate given the nature and complexity of the case against you. We can negotiate flat rate fees or hourly-rate fees, depending again on the type of case.

In all cases, we make sure our clients always understand exactly what fees and costs they will pay for our services.

Contact our office today to schedule a free and confidential initial meeting. Call toll-free to 1-888-311-2016, or send us an e-mail.