I’ve been charged with a white collar crime. What are the likely penalties I am facing?
If you’ve been charged with a white collar crime it depends whether you’ve been charged in state court or in federal court. In federal court, the penalties range anywhere from probation all the way up to imprisonment or you could go to prison as a result of the offense.
So, depending on certain factors in your case, how much money is involved, that’s going to be the driving force of what your possible penalties are. Also in a federal case, you have to consult the federal sentencing guidelines to figure out what those penalties can be. An experienced federal lawyer will know how to discuss and explain those sentencing guidelines to you.
In a state white collar case in the state of Texas, it depends on the value of the money that they claim was involved and that can range anywhere from a misdemeanor all the way up to a first degree felony where you could face life in prison.
So depending on where you’re charged and how much money is involved will determine what your penalties are.