San Antonio Attorney Defends Clients Accused of White Collar Crimes
Aggressive, creative counsel to combat serious charges
White collar crime involves deception for financial gain, so the term covers a wide range of criminal offenses including fraud, embezzlement, bribery, and corporate espionage. These offenses are often prosecuted at both the state and federal levels, requiring a defense attorney with federal court experience and a broad range of knowledge. While white collar crime is often considered nonviolent, white collar defendants often learn too late that the penalties they face are just as harsh as those for other crimes.
For more than two decades, the Law Office of Robert M. Maurer II has protected the rights of those accused of white collar crimes with skilled, aggressive representation. We know that these crimes often happen over time, involving more than one instance of wrongdoing, so we are aware that a successful defense requires much more than presenting an alibi or confronting an eyewitness. We have the knowledge and experience to investigate the matter thoroughly and exploit the flaws in the prosecution’s case.
Strong defense for all types of fraud claims
Fraud convictions require a knowing misrepresentation designed to lure someone into a certain action resulting in damages. The types of fraud cases we handle include:
- Mail and wire fraud —Mail fraud involves misuse of the U.S. Postal Service and interstate carriers such as FedEx, UPS, and other delivery services. Wire fraud involves misrepresentation through digital and electronic telecommunications systems. Both types of fraud carry harsh penalties: fines of up to $1 million and up to 30 years in prison.
- Securities fraud — The erratic nature of the stock market often leads to allegations of fraud when financial fortunes change. Whether you are arrested for state or federal offenses, you need an experienced defense attorney with the resources to fight the charges against you.
- Insurance fraud — Attempting to deceive an insurer can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the amount at stake.
Fraud charges are frequently misused to cover other types of misfortune, such as business deals that failed for another reason. We know how to defend these charges so that you are not unfairly targeted.
Experienced representation for bribery and extortion cases
Bribery is usually a felony in Texas. If you’ve been accused of inducing a public official with some kind of benefit, you need the help of a skilled defense lawyer immediately. Under Texas criminal code, extortion is classified as theft. Threatening someone with violence or the disclosure of embarrassing information to obtain money or some other benefit carries the same punishment as taking it outright. Accordingly, the specific charges and penalties vary depending on the amount extorted, so this crime can be prosecuted as a felony.
An established lawyer to confront corporate espionage accusations
If you’ve been accused of obtaining corporate information through improper means, we can help. The Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act of 2013 prohibits conduct such as computer hacking and selling information gained at one job to a competitor.
Knowledgeable legal advice for those charged with embezzlement
Embezzlement is financial theft by an employee, so those charged with this offense were once entrusted with a company’s goods or money. These serious charges demand serious representation. We know that businesses sometimes assign a worker to handle financial transactions and then allege that the employee diverted money for personal use, and we also know that accusations often involve misunderstandings about authority or instructions. Depending on the amount involved, penalties can range from fines to long prison sentences. We will diligently investigate all of the relevant circumstances to ensure that any alternative explanations are presented to the court.
Dedicated legal support for federal and state tax evasion matters
Robert M. Maurer II is admitted in federal court, so he can defend clients accused by the Internal Revenue Service of misreporting financial information or failing to pay taxes. With no personal income tax, Texas places more emphasis on the state’s sales tax than other jurisdictions do, and we assist those defendants as well.
Contact a San Antonio criminal defense attorney for a free initial consultation
If you are facing criminal charges for a white collar crime, you need to take these charges seriously and contact an experienced defense lawyer immediately. Call the Law Office of Robert M. Maurer II at 210-951-5334 or contact us online for a free initial consultation.