A White Collar Crime Lawyer Fairfax, Va Explains Virginia Criminal Law
The federal and state criminal codes have hundreds of complex sections which apply to many types of business activity for a white collar crime lawyer Fairfax, Va to sort out. It is, figuratively speaking, a minefield and it is common for good businessmen to engage a white collar crime lawyer at some point in business. People in business can inadvertently run afoul of the criminal code or get caught on issues with federal investigators or prosecutors that can cause major stress and distractions. In criminal investigations, the stakes are high and the action usually moves quickly. People we usually trust – police, prosecutors, investigators – are suddenly on the other side. Few experiences are as harrowing as a criminal investigation or case.
Note: Our lawyers practice in Fairfax, and all other counties of Virginia. We have offices in Fairfax, Arlington, and Staunton. We reference Fairfax, Va. in this article because it is the largest jurisdiction in Virginia with the most rigid procedures. Work done to Fairfax standards meets or exceeds the standards in every other jurisdiction in the Commonwealth, so it is common to use it as a benchmark.
When one’s reputation, business, employment, and personal freedom are at stake, the matter is far too important to entrust to a lawyer lacking experience with the defense of criminal cases. A defendant or target of a federal investigation needs a very good white collar crime lawyer Fairfax, Va – not just their usual business lawyer.
Whether an FBI agent comes to “just talk,” or a formal grand jury subpoena is served, one should immediately engage a white collar crime lawyer Fairfax, Va, such as on from Albo & Oblon, before saying or doing anything else. (Engaging an attorney does not signal to the investigator that you are guilty. Government agents expect businesses to turn to attorneys to reply to government inquiries, if only to avoid misunderstandings). Properly handled, investigation can be and often are closed without the filing of criminal charges. Criminal charges are not inevitable, even when a company or businessperson “did something wrong.” Prosecutors do have a lot of discretion. However, with the stakes as high as they are in criminal law, things shouldn’t be left to chance. “Winging it” without a competent white collar crime lawyer Fairfax, Va is unwise.
Albo & Oblon attorneys have defended business clients at meetings with FBI agents, prosecutors, and at legislative hearings in the context of suspected business crimes. We also help companies respond to Inspector General inquiries and subpoenas. We have also prepared our clients for grand jury testimony, and have contacted federal authorities to help define the nature of the problem and delineate strategy. Our goal is always to move our client’s case off the “criminal track” so that any dispute can be resolved on a more civilized basis. Since we are located centrally in the Washington metropolitan area, we also have the local presence to meet with and address local issues as they arise for federal government contractors with offices located in other regions of the country.
Defending Those Accused of Crimes
When a company or one of its employees is charged with a crime, a white collar crime lawyer Fairfax, Va from Albo & Oblon will plan and execute a vigorous defense and mitigation strategy. Simultaneously, we continue to dissuade the government from proceeding with the prosecution. Few federal cases go to trial. Sentencing guidelines have the practical effect of encouraging even the innocent to plead guilty rather than face the risk of a truly outrageous disposition. Thus, influencing even the subsection of a criminal law used in an indictment can literally change one’s life.
Our firm features lawyers with prosecution experience. They know how prosecutors think because they used to be one. Moreover, attorneys from our firm are in court almost every day defending those accused of crimes. Most lawyers who defend white collar crimes simply do not have a sufficient volume of cases to come close to matching this. Unlike them, our lawyers are fresh, not rusty. We are familiar with our courts, judges, juries, prosecutors, and criminal procedure because we have lawyers in court almost every day.
Examples of Cases a White Collar Crime Lawyer Fairfax, Va Will Defend
– Crimes and Investigations Involving Government Contractors
The federal and state governments prosecute contract fraud, defective pricing, suspension and debarment violations, kickbacks and bribes, false claims, bid rigging, collusive pricing, and subcontractor violations among other things. Federal contractors face potential issues, for example, under the Procurement Integrity Act, False Claims Act, False Statements Act, and may need to respond to a broad array of issues in dealing with the government.
– Computer / Internet Crimes
State and federal prosecutors actively pursue computer crimes. We defend allegations of criminal bulk e-mail (“spam”), e-commerce fraud, computer fraud, computer trespass, computer invasion of privacy, computer theft, and “phishing.”
Albo & Oblon is a leader in this area of the law. For example, a white collar crime lawyer Fairfax, Va from our firm successfully defended a person accused of sending out bulk e-mail (“spam”) in the nation’s first felony spam trial.
– Public Corruption / Campaign Finance Violations
Our attorneys uniquely understand the responsibilities and requirements of public officials – some of Albo & Oblon attorneys have served as public officials themselves in the state and local legislatures and in the judiciary. They can help those charged with violations properly defend themselves. A white collar crime lawyer Fairfax, Va who was formerly a public official can better understand what a public official does than a lawyer who never had this experience.
The heat of politics and a campaign frequently cause allegations of wrongdoing to be leveled. Too often, and ill-advisedly, politicians turn to their political advisors for advice. However, when prosecutors or other law enforcement get involved, it is time to bring in a good white collar crime lawyer Fairfax, Va. To the extent we can, Albo & Oblon lawyers work with the political team in an effort to mitigate damages from an investigation or indictment.
– Larceny / Embezzlement / Fraud
Although called by many names – larceny, embezzlement, fraud, and false pretenses – the act of taking personal property of another by trespass with intent to permanently deprive that person of the property is a crime.
Often, a federal prosecutor will indict under the vague wire fraud and mail fraud statutes to lessen their burden of proof. In the “white collar” context, it is common for a business dispute to result in claims of larceny by a competitor or customer in an effort to gain a civil advantage. Albo & Oblon defends all allegations of fraud and larceny, and has experience addressing financial crimes. A businessperson would feel very comfortable with a white collar crime lawyer Fairfax, Va from our firm.