For years, white collar crimes were overlooked because they are usually non-violent and don’t harm the general public. As time has passed, however, the Federal government has taken a stand against these crimes and now they may result in serious penalties. White collar crimes usually involve the fraudulent acquisition or distribution of thousands or even millions of dollars through Ponzi schemes or embezzlement.
White collar crimes are subject to federal sentencing guidelines that the government has put in place. There are four zones that these crimes fall into to determine what consequences those who are charged with white collar crimes will face. The more criminal history points that the person in question has, the more time in prison they will face, depending on the offense level. The four zones are organized by criminal history and offense level of the current crime you are charged with. Zone A criminals will only face up to six months of imprisonment, while Zone D criminals can face anywhere from 15 months to life.
The Federal Sentencing Guidelines can be confusing for many people who are unsure of what criminal history points they might have on their record. They should have an understanding of the severity of the crimes that they have already committed and the severity of the new charges that they are facing with. If you are charged with a crime of this nature, speaking with an experienced criminal law attorney who has experience with clients who fall into the Federal Sentencing Guidelines can be beneficial. This attorney may be able to assist you in lessening your charges to decrease the amount of time in prison that you will face, as well as any other consequences.
Kevin T. Conway has over 30 years of experience as a Spring Valley criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need a Rockland County criminal lawyer,contact our Spring Valley office for a free consultation.