Fairfield White Collar Crimes Lawyer
24 Years of Passionate Trial Experience to Represent You in the San Francisco Bay Area
At the Law Office of Tim A. Pori, we have been representing California clients for 24 years. Attorney Tim A. Pori is a passionate trial lawyer with the reputation to prove it. From local judges to peers, Attorney Pori is well-regarded among the community and knows how to fight and negotiate. He is also well-versed in federal cases, which will prove critical in white collar crimes cases that often rise to the federal level. Whether you have been charged with money laundering, wire fraud, embezzlement, or any other financial offense, our firm can fight for your defense.
A crime of money laundering occurs when individuals take money obtained from illegal or criminal activity and channel it into legal bank accounts or other legitimate uses to conceal the money’s illegal sources. California penalizes money laundering in 2 main statutes:
- Penal Code 186.10 – covers money related to any kind of crime; and
- California Health and Safety Code 11370.9 HS – deals with money earned from drug crimes.
A violation of PC 186.10 is a “wobbler” offense that may be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the facts of the case and the defendant’s criminal history. Misdemeanor money laundering will be punishable by up to 1 year in county jail and/or up to $1,000 in fines; felony money laundering will be punishable by up to 4 years in jail and/or up to $250,000 in fines or twice the amount of money laundered, whichever is greater. Note that the maximum jail sentence can increase if the money laundered amounts to more than $50,000.
There are several ways to defend against a money laundering charge, and Attorney Tim A. Pori can help you strategize the optimal argument. For instance, you could prove that you did not act with specific intent to promote criminal or illegal activity, or you could show that law enforcement violated one of your constitutional rights in the process of charging and arresting you.
Another common white collar crime our firm handles is wire fraud. Wire fraud is a type of fraud that is carried out via wire, radio, or television communication, including through e-mail and Internet use. Be aware that wire fraud is a federal crime handled by the federal Department of Justice.
To prove wire fraud, the prosecutor must show the following elements of wire fraud:
- a scheme to commit fraud;
- use of wire, radio, or television communication to further that scheme; and
- specific intent to commit fraud.
Some examples of using technological communications to commit wire fraud include:
- sending a fax that advances the scheme to defraud;
- making a phone call that advances the scheme to defraud;
- initiating a wire transfer of money in connection with a scheme to defraud;
- sending an email that advances the scheme to defraud.
Note that the communication by wire does not need to play a central role in the scheme in order for a wire fraud conviction; merely using it at all is enough to warrant a charge.
Upon conviction, an individual accused of wire fraud may face up to 20 years in federal prison and a heavy fine. If the fraud involves a serious federal disaster or a financial institution like a national bank, the maximum sentence will increase to 30 years in prison. Learn more about wire fraud and other federal crimes we handle here.
According to California Penal Code 503, embezzlement is when a person unlawfully takes property that has been entrusted to them and do so with the intent of depriving the rightful owner of the use of that property. Embezzlement can involve small amounts of property or high-value assets. For instance, a person may be charged with embezzlement if they are a cashier who pockets some cash from the register or if they are an investor who takes some of their clients’ money for their own use.
Embezzling money or property that is valued at $950 or less is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 6 months in county jail. Embezzling money or property worth more than $950 will be charged as a felony punishable by up to 3 years in jail.
Note that a conviction for embezzlement may affect your gun rights. In California, convicted felons are prohibited from acquiring or possessing a gun in the state, so if you are facing felony embezzlement charges, it is possible you will lose your right to own and possess a gun.
Some ways to defend against a charge of embezzlement include arguing that you had no intent to deprive the owner of their use; you did not engage in fraudulent use; or you had good faith to believe you had a certain right to property. Attorney Pori can examine the facts of your case to determine the most viable defense for a dismissal or mitigation of your charges.
If you have been charged with a white collar crime in Fairfield, CA, whether for money laundering, wire fraud, or embezzlement, the Law Office of Tim A. Pori is prepared to represent you. We will take a thorough look at your situation to craft a unique legal strategy to protect your rights.
Call (707) 289-9837 or contact the Law Office of Tim A. Pori online for a free consultation to get started.
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- Well-Known & Respected by Judges & Peers
- Tim is a Certified Criminal Law Specialist by the State Bar of CA
- Over 23 Years of Legal Experience