A defense to allegations of financial crimes may include the absence, or lack of, intent. "Intent" is an element of virtually all white-collar crimes, meaning that the government must prove -- beyond a reasonable doubt -- that the defendant intended to wrongfully obtain money or property. In many white-collar crimes, the defendant often had some authority to take specific types of action on behalf of their employer, giving rise to a defense of mistake (with no intent) or even that the action taken was not a crime at all.
White-collar defense demands a high level of sophisticated data analysis and attention to detail. Our office uses a variety of systems, including artificial intelligence, to enhance document review in cases involving volumes of information. Certain types of financial misconduct fall within the scope of both state and federal prosecutors, administrative agencies, and private entities including civil attorneys, adding layers of complexity and potential financial exposure, even when criminal charges are successfully avoided. Our combined civil and criminal trial experience and cross-training give us a unique set of skills for the defense of white-collar investigations.