A white collar crime is a type of non-violent crime committed in a business or commercial setting for some sort of financial gain.
Generally, these crimes include some sort or illegal activity or scam. They include:
- Tax evasion
- Money laundering
- Bank fraud
- Bankruptcy fraud
Typically, attorney’s fees will be a flat rate ranging from $2,000 to $4,000. The exact cost will vary according to the lawyer’s reputation and experience. Other factors that will increase or decrease the cost include:
- How long your lawyer will work on the case
- Likelihood of an agreement being reached
- Number of court appearances
- Potential trial
- Filing motions
- Preliminary hearings
A white collar crime lawyer can charge a per hour fee instead of a flat rate. A defendant can expect to pay more than $400. Lawyer who specialize in areas like white collar crime charge more money per hour.
Another fee option is a retainer fee. Commonly referred to as simply a "retainer", is an advance payment on a per hour rate for a certain case. The lawyer places the money in a separate account and deducts money from the account for services rendered. A white collar felony case retainer can range from $5,000 to more than $50,000. Once the money has been deducted from the account, the defendant will have to pay more money.
Yes, lawyer do charge fees for expert witness and investigators. The exact amount depends on the experience and work the witness or investigator must do. However, a defendant may pay $7,500 or more.
Some lawyers do charge for case-related expenses, including conducting research, obtaining interviews, and making photocopies.
Yes, a white collar criminal charge is extremely serious. You can face a lot of years in prison if convicted. You will want to talk with a criminal lawyer to discuss any defenses you may have and the possibility of beating the charge.