Portland White Collar Crimes Attorneys
Offering Individualized & Discreet Legal Representation
White-collar crime refers to financially motivated nonviolent crime committed by business and government professionals. Within criminology, it was first defined by sociologist Edwin Sutherland in 1939 as "a crime committed by a person of respectability and high social status in the course of his occupation.” Bank fraud, mortgage fraud, corporate fraud and embezzlement are perhaps the most common white collare case seen in Oregon. Rarely, prosecutions related to financial instruments take place in Oregon, typically in federal court. Whether you have been arrested or have become a suspect in a crime, you can speak with a member of our firm through a free consultation.
Contact us online or call us at (503) 303-0771 to schedule a complimentary case evaluation with one of our knowledgeable white collar crimes attorneys in Portland.
White Collar Crimes Defense
Financial crimes prosecutions are usually sophisticated and complex. Typically in state cases the Oregon Department of Justice prosecutes these cases instead of the local District Attorney. Cases prosecuted in federal court are often handled by United States Department of Justice attorneys out of Washington D.C. These prosecutions often involve an extensive and complex pre-charge investigation process. This process can be initiated by civil regulatory authorities prior to the involvement of law enforcement. Clients can be placed at a great disadvantage if they proceed through a regulatory investigation without appropriate defense counsel. Evidence and findings from these regulatory investigations are often used in an ensuing criminal prosecution.
The government will typically also issue multiple administrative and court subpoenas for financial and other records during the pre-charge investigation or grand jury process, often without the knowledge of the target of the investigation. Retaining an attorney at the first sign of a regulatory or criminal investigation is imperative.
Our lawyers have handled a variety of white collar criminal defense cases in both state and federal court. We are familiar with financial crime investigations and forensic analysis. We commonly utilize the services of expert accountants, tax experts and investigators in our own case analyses and defense. It is our goal to conduct our own independent and thorough financial investigation on behalf of our clients.
At Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C. we handle all types of white collar crimes, including:
- Tax Evasion
- Mortgage Fraud
- Money Laundering
- Identity Theft
- Bank Fraud
- Wire Fraud
- Credit Card Fraud
White collar criminal defense is also unique in that the cases are often covered extensively in the media. While most criminal cases tend to escape much coverage in the news, white collar cases attract media attention. These prosecutions can become very public affairs. This can result in additional fallout, consequences and stress beyond what is engendered from the charge and prosecution itself. Our firm understands that there must be comprehensive strategies in place to deal not only with the criminal case itself, but with both the public and the private fallout such cases tend to create.
Experienced Representation & Proven Success
You are made a top priority at Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C. and we are quite selective with which cases we take on so that we can give our clients our full attention and effort. We also place a significant emphasis on the client attorney relationship and you’ll be viewed as much more than just a case.
White collar crimes can come with severe penalties, so speak with an experienced attorney about your case by calling (503) 303-0771.