Dallas White-Collar Crime Attorneys

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“White-collar crime” is a broad term. People typically use it to refer to financial-related, non-violent crimes like fraud, embezzlement, and money laundering. The investigation of these crimes can be highly complex. The stakes are high as well.

A conviction for a white-collar crime can carry fines, prison time, and the loss of your personal and professional reputation. That is why it is important to work with an experienced Dallas white-collar crime defense lawyer if you have been charged or face an investigation for one of these offenses.

Get in touch with Broden & Mickelsen, LLP today. We can bring more than 60 years of combined defense experience in state and federal courts in Texas and many other jurisdictions. We are also both certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Criminal Appellate Law and Criminal Defense Law. We can provide a free and confidential consultation about your white-collar criminal case.

Our Experience as White-Collar Criminal Defense Attorneys

With our wealth of experience, Broden & Mickelsen, LLP has a clear understanding of the process of successfully defending someone charged with a white-collar crime. Our background includes results such as:

  • Client was a former Texas Instruments employee charged with stealing trade secrets for the benefit of a Chinese company in a multi-count indictment in Dallas. The jury returned a verdict of NOT GUILTY on all counts.
  • Client was charged with disability fraud in federal court and facing lengthy prison time under the federal sentencing guidelines. The court declined to impose a guideline sentence and placed him on probation.
  • A prominent Dallas business executive was charged in a complex case involving allegations of financial fraud of more than $6 million. After a week-long trial in Dallas, our client was found NOT GUILTY.
  • A Dallas jury found our client NOT GUILTY of multiple counts of alleged environmental laboratory fraud.
  • A Dallas jury found our client, who was charged with passing counterfeit money at the Galleria Mall, NOT GUILTY of the charges against him.
  • A jury in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas found our client NOT GUILTY on all 79 counts of a multi-defendant environmental lab fraud case. Mick Mickelsen tried the case with other Dallas attorneys.
  • A jury in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas returned a NOT GUILTY verdict in a tax fraud case in which our client was charged, along with two of his brothers, with filing 27 false corporate tax returns.

While we cannot guarantee an outcome in your white-collar criminal case, we can promise to take our unique team approach to defending you. Every one of our clients benefits from the more than 60 years of combined criminal defense knowledge and experience that we bring to their case.

We also make communicating with clients our top priority. We understand how stressful it can be to face criminal charges. When you work with Broden & Mickelsen, LLP, we will continually update you and answer your questions.

Common Types of White-Collar Crime Charges We Defend Against

With our extensive background in white-collar criminal defense, we can handle a broad range of cases in this area of the law. We represent clients in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels. Among the cases we can handle include:

Examples include billing for unnecessary procedures or services that were never provided. More about Healthcare Fraud

This often involves making securities transactions based on information that is not known to the public or giving false information about a company to inflate or deflate its stock value. More about Securities Fraud

Giving false information about a property’s value or a portfolio of real estate holdings to obtain a loan or line of credit could be considered mortgage fraud.

The most common form of this type of fraud is faking a disability to collect federal government-provided benefits.

Hiding income or providing false information to the federal government to avoid paying the proper amount of taxes often forms the basis of this charge. More about Tax Fraud

This term can refer to using some form of deception to obtain funds from a bank or the practice of a bank, such as opening accounts or investing funds without a client’s knowledge and consent.

Examples include when a person tries to hide assets, knowingly omits information from a bankruptcy filing, or takes other unlawful steps to gain an edge during the bankruptcy process. More about Bankruptcy Fraud

When a person uses the U.S. mail or essentially any type of electronic communication to carry out fraud, including the Internet and e-mail, the person can face wire and mail fraud charges in addition to charges related to the underlying fraud. More about Wire and Mail Fraud

When someone obtains credit by providing false information or when someone uses a credit card to obtain goods or services without lawful permission, it can amount to credit card fraud. More about Credit Card Fraud

This happens when someone misappropriates assets that had been entrusted to them. For example, a trustee could be charged with a crime for using trust account funds for personal purposes. More about Embezzlement

It is common for hardware, software, and digital information to be the subject of larceny-related charges.

An example is when a person uses information not known to the public to make money in publicly traded securities.

Corporate workers here and abroad can often face suspicion for stealing trade secrets and intellectual property.

When someone knowingly passes off a fake or falsified instrument as a genuine one in an effort to get money, it can be considered counterfeiting or forgery. More about Counterfeiting and Forgery

Companies today are vigilant about protecting their intellectual property. They aggressively push for charges against workers suspected of IP theft or piracy. More about IP Theft & Piracy

This happens when someone tries to conceal the illegal origin of funds, such as taking money from gambling or drug trafficking and hiding it in real estate transactions or investments in legal companies. More about Money Laundering

A worker who is charged with theft or fraud could also come under scrutiny for threats to national security in some circumstances.

Under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (18 U.S.C. § 1961), penalties can be significantly enhanced for crimes performed in conjunction with organized crime.

Civil asset forfeiture occurs when police seize the assets of people suspected of committing crimes. Nowhere is it more controversial than in Texas, where people have lost millions of dollars in valuable assets without being charged with a crime. It is important to seek help from an experienced attorney if your assets are seized or under threat of being seized.

Common Defenses in White-Collar Crime Cases

At Broden & Mickelsen, LLP, we conduct an exhaustive investigation of all our clients’ cases. We work with highly skilled, experienced investigators and often consult with experts in areas such as securities transactions, insider trading, computer theft, and intellectual property. We explore all avenues on behalf of our clients, which may include:

  • Unlawful search and seizure – In many cases, the government’s case is built entirely on illegally obtained evidence. In those situations, prosecutors often will choose to simply dismiss the charge.
  • Insufficient evidence – The government must present at least some evidence of each element of the charged crime. If the government lacks that evidence, the charge must be dismissed.
  • Consent – In many white-collar crimes involving fraud, a person may have engaged in a transaction or used funds with a good-faith belief they had the legal right to do so.
  • Entrapment – While investigating a white-collar crime, the government cannot unlawfully persuade, influence, or induce a person to commit a crime.
  • Duty – In some white-collar crimes, the government must establish that the defendant violated a fiduciary duty they owed to those they harmed.

We believe an effective defense strategy depends on the unique facts and circumstances of each case. At Broden & Mickelsen, LLP, we will work closely with you to develop a strategy that meets your needs and goals.