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White Collar Defense
Most people charged with a “white collar” crime have very little experience in the criminal justice system. If you discover that you are the target of a white collar crime investigation, you may be overwhelmed and unsure of where to turn. You may fear for the security of your business, your job and your assets. Retaining an experienced white collar crime defense attorney early in the process is imperative to a successful defense.
Our Florida and Federal White Collar Crime Defense Experience and Philosophy
Bjorn Brunvand – a Florida Board Certified Criminal Attorney and nationally certified Criminal Trial Lawyer – has defended businesspeople in Florida for over 20 years. Our extensive experience in defending those charged with financial and other commerce-related crimes provides our clients with comfort and security in an uneasy time. We can guide you through the state or federal criminal justice system with a combination of skill, experience, tenacity and understanding.
Our clients often have advance notice that they are being investigated, allowing us to become involved very early in a case. When retained early enough, our firm has the experience, knowledge and skill to help clients, in many cases, avoid or mitigate white collar charges by negotiating with law enforcement and prosecutors. Early intervention by experienced local white collar crime defense attorneys can reduce your exposure both in terms of penalty and reputation.
Types of White Collar Cases
Many Tampa criminal defense attorneys limit their practice to state courts. We have a wealth of experience defending federal criminal cases, where most significant white collar criminal cases are prosecuted. We defend clients against all types of white collar and other business-related charges, in state and federal court. These charges include:
- Government Fraud Defense: Including cases involving defense contracting, medicare, Medicaid and other areas of Government Fraud.
- Mortgage fraud
- Bank fraud
- Securities fraud
- Mail fraud and wire fraud
- Insurance fraud
- Health Care Fraud
- Money Laundering and Racketeering (RICO)
- Identity Theft and Credit Card Fraud
- Tax Fraud
- Campaign Finance/Election Violations
- Counterfeit Goods
- Counterfeit Currency
- Public Corruption
- Perjury or Obstruction of Justice
A reputable, experienced white collar defense attorney must know not only the law but also must be able to understand and communicate the sophisticated business issues at play. With over 20 years of experience defending Tampa white collar cases, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Bjorn Brunvand have the background which enables us to understand and communicate those complex matters.
When to Hire a Defense Attorney
Because many white collar crimes involve intensive investigations and grand jury activity, you may notice that charges are looming, even if you haven’t been charged yet. If you retain a defense attorney early there is then an opportunity to begin discussions with the prosecution before an indictment is handed down.
Early intervention can reduce or eliminate the negative impact charges might have to your public reputation or that of your business. We can efficiently manage (and often minimize) media attention to your case by handling it quietly pre-indictment.
If charges cannot be avoided or mitigated, the early hiring of a skilled and experience criminal trial attorney will also provide a tremendous benefit in trial preparation. Defense investigators and expert witnesses can delve into the case at the beginning, helping the attorney develop a winning strategy.
Rest assured that no strategic decisions will be made without your knowledge and consent. We communicate frankly with our clients about the realities of their cases and the Florida court system. We are in regular contact with clients so that we can work as a team in the defense of any charges.
We also regularly advise individuals subpoenaed to appear as witnesses before a grand jury or at trial.
If you have been, or believe that you may be charged with a white collar crime in Tampa or surrounding areas, contact us immediately. Call now at 727-446-7505 or fill out our contact form to have us call you. We can also discuss your case privately in either our Clearwater or Tampa office.