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White Collar Crime - Hobson & Reeve

White collar crime is a general term that can encompass many kinds of fraudulent activities, such as Ponzi schemes, insider trading, and accounting frauds that may overstate the values of securities, goods, or services. It also includes marketing fraud, real estate fraud, and other deceptive business practices. Fraud is often characterized by two important elements: deception and the depriving of another person of their property. Because fraud may have a devastating and long-lasting effect on its victims, the Canadian government provides tough punishments for those who target and victimize honest citizens.

Possible Punishments for White Collar Offences

Sentences for those convicted of white collar crimes can vary widely. There is a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in prison for fraud over $1 million, regardless of the number of victims involved. Other aggravating factors that can affect a defendant’s sentence in white collar crime cases include the financial and psychological impact of the fraud on the victim (given the victim’s unique circumstances, such as age, health, and financial status); whether the defendant concealed or destroyed records relating to the crime or the money involved; whether the defendant failed to comply with any applicable licensing rules or professional standards; and the magnitude, complexity, and duration of the fraud and the degree of planning and preparation that went into it. When sentencing a white collar defendant, a court can also impose an order to prevent the offender from having a job or volunteer position that involves having any authority over other people’s finances. A convicted defendant may also be ordered to pay restitution to victims of the scheme.

Hobson & Reeve Barristers: Your Defence Against White Collar Criminal Charges

If you find yourself charged with a white collar criminal offence, an experienced white collar crime attorney can help. White collar crime lawyers can examine every detail of your case and construct the best defence possible; they will stand up for you in court and make sure that your rights are protected.

The lawyers of Hobson & Reeve have over 60 years of combined experience in criminal law, and have worked hard to establish a solid reputation as formidable opponents in court, as well as effective negotiators when it comes to plea bargains. David Hobson and Dennis Reeve both have served as Crown Attorneys as well as defence lawyers; this unique perspective enables them to protect their clients’ rights and craft the best defence on behalf of each client. They are committed to putting their years of experience to work for you. Their offices are located at 34 Eagle Street, Newmarket, Ontario, L3Y 1J1, or they can be reached by calling (866) 815-2745.