The Hughes Firm’s White Collar and Internal Fraud Investigations practice is highly experienced in a wide range of specialties including: criminal matters, internal criminal investigations, fraud related civil litigation, and negotiations with government authorities. We have focused on limiting organizational collateral damage and have helped organizations bring indictments via the US Attorney’s Office. In this practice area we have represented both corporate and individual clients in matters involving significant dollar amounts and consequences.
Criminal investigations and charges pose a different kind of threat with varying consequences for companies and their employees than civil litigation. Not only are most companies and individuals unfamiliar with grand jury subpoenas, undercover informants, wiretaps, search warrants, and other criminal investigation tactics, but they are highly unsettling as well. When not handled properly, they may even lead to additional criminal penalties.
An effective white collar defense in a criminal prosecution or investigation requires much more than adequate knowledge of criminal rules and statutes. Extensive experience dealing with the various enforcement agencies and offices is also needed. In the case of large firms or organizations in the greater Philadelphia area, effective representation also requires an attorney who knows how to implement a vigorous defense or effectively cooperate with enforcement agencies, and when to do both.
When we are brought onboard a criminal investigation during its early stages, our experienced lawyers will work as a dedicated team to thoroughly investigate the facts of the case and advise the client throughout each phase of the investigation and defense, including publicity issues as well as dealing with witnesses and the government.
Our skilled team of researchers and litigation specialists have handled all manner of white collar investigations and is well-versed on regulatory framework that affect business entities and individuals both in the U.S. and abroad.
As such, we have successfully represented clients facing virtually every type of white collar investigation or prosecution, including:
- White collar criminal defense
- Price-fixing, bid-rigging, and other forms of criminal antitrust
- Internal corporate investigations
- Compliance investigations involving SEC, FDA, IRS, and other regulatory agencies
- Banking, accounting, commodities, and securities fraud
- Wire fraud
- Healthcare fraud
- Medicare fraud
- Prescription fraud
- Pharmaceutical theft, fraud, and diversion cases
- Public corruption
- Money laundering
- Fraud-related civil litigation
- Trade secret litigation
- Trade secret theft
- Criminal environmental violations
- Violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
- Labor racketeering
- Criminal tax investigations on both the federal and state level
- DEA licensing issues
- Obstruction of justice
An Effective White Collar Defense Requires a Winning Strategy
A strong offense is the best defense against criminal white collar investigation and prosecution. Although the majority of criminal cases are resolved via a plea settlement or dismissal prior to going to trial, every case should be fundamentally treated as if it were going to trial from the very beginning.
We have found that aggressive and diligent trial preparation leads to a higher probability of a dismissal or plea settlement without prison time. Our years of experience have taught us that preparation is everything. All of our actions are calculated and adjusted according to this fundamental precept.
Your white collar defense attorney should always consider the fact that a trial is a possibility, especially if you are not guilty of committing the alleged crime. Our lawyers have extensive experience representing our clients in white collar trials in both state and federal courts in Philadelphia and across the country. We have had success dealing with the most ruthless prosecutors in the toughest jurisdictions.
In addition to establishing whether or not a crime was committed, a trial also allows lawyers to negotiate or disprove the contested amount of the loss. For example, you may admit to committing securities fraud in the amount of $400,000, but the person or entity defrauded may claim a loss of $600,000. Therefore, the actual amount of the loss can be an issue that is resolved at trial.
Regardless of whether a person agrees to a plea agreement or decides to take the matter to trial, a white collar defense is won or lost based on their lawyer’s pre-trial preparation. Your team of white collar defense attorneys must have the experience, resources, expertise, and dedication to conduct a full investigation. Meanwhile, the prosecution is charged with proving your guilt and the actual amount of loss. A diligent and aggressive team of white collar defense lawyers along with their team of experts and forensic accountants can make a world of difference for your case.
White Collar Defense on the Federal Level
Most cases involving white collar crime are tried in federal courts. This requires white collar defense attorneys with experience in federal trials and dealing with federal investigations and agencies. Since the aftermath of the financial crisis and the ensuing recession, federal prosecutors are prosecuting white collar crimes even more aggressively and the courts are handing out increasingly severe prison sentences.
If you feel you may be under investigation by the federal government or charged with a white collar crime, it is imperative that you attain an experienced and dedicated team of criminal white collar defense attorneys.
With offices located in Philadelphia, we are well-positioned to represent clients throughout the greater Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., Delaware, New Jersey, and New York areas. Contact us today for a free consultation and to learn more about how we can assist with your defense.