Fraud Charges: Here's What You Need to Know When Dealing With a Criminal Offense

Have you been charged with a crime? It's time to consult with an attorney who understands. Here's what you need to know.

Have you been charged with a crime? Are you wondering how you can start moving forward? Maybe you were falsely accused of committing a white collar crime. Perhaps you were charged with an offense you didn't commit. Maybe you simply made a bad judgment call and you're facing consequences for that. No matter what led to your situation, there are several things you need to understand as you move forward facing fraud charges.

First of all, talk with your attorney as soon as possible. Before you speak with the police, it's vital that you consult your lawyer. Remember that the police officers you meet with have one goal. Regardless of how nice or friendly they are, their job is to get a confession. They're trying to solve crimes, and they'll do what they can to make sure you confess even before your attorney arrives. Your first step should be to get a lawyer who understands white collar crime and who can help you during this time.

It's also important that you express yourself clearly and maintain honesty with your attorney. Never try to hide information from your lawyer. Even if you don't tell your attorney something, chances are that the opposing counsel will find out. If they do, and your attorney isn't aware of the information, it could have a negative impact on your case. The more information you can provide your attorney with, no matter how incriminating, the better. Remember that your attorney can help you to have a favorable outcome, but they can't do this without knowing everything.

Whether you are guilty of the crime or not, avoid confessing to anything without your attorney present. You may find that the police officers or detectives you speak with encourage you to confess in order to "speed things along." It's very important that you do not confess to anything. It's not uncommon for white collar crimes to have a "fall guy." In some cases, people who commit these types of crimes will frame others. If you have been framed for a case, your attorney can help you, but if you confess to something you didn't do, moving forward will be more challenging.

Make sure you avoid speaking to the press. You should not talk to reporters, give interviews, or post about the case on social media. Even before your case sees the inside of a courtroom, you will be under scrutiny. It's important to avoid speaking with people who aren't on your legal team about your case, as sometimes statements or information can be misconstrued or altered. Furthermore, if you do post online about your case, the opposing counsel may try to use that information against you.

White collar crimes can include different types of non-violent offenses, including fraud and embezzling. If you have been accused of a white collar crime, don't wait to seek help. Talk to an attorney today.