Violent acts are usually the first thing that come to mind when people think of criminal charges. “White collar offenses,” however, do great harm to society and carry severe consequences. These consequences can include incarceration in state or federal prison, one having a permanent criminal record, disqualification from potential employment, and becoming ineligible for various professional licenses. Defendants are often surprised at the gravity of their situation. If you find yourself facing such charges then it is crucial that you contact an experienced Louisville criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Will Corrigan has been licensed to practice law in Kentucky since 2009 and is licensed in Federal Court as well. Our lawyer understands the seriousness of your situation and our office will give your matter the attention it deserves. Contact us today.
Louisville white collar crime attorney handling cases involving forgery, fraud, hacking, and other offenses
White collar offenses are non-violent in nature. Common examples of such cases include embezzlement, fraud, money laundering, computer hacking or internet crimes, forgery, theft by deception and passing cold checks. Whether or not the defendant is charged with a misdemeanor or a felony will depend on the nature of the offense and the financial amount involved. Under some circumstances the case may also result in federal criminal charges. White collar cases can often involve highly complicated fact patterns. These may include complicated financial transactions, a lengthy list of potential victims, or conduct touching multiple states. Such matters may require a defense lawyer to retain expert witnesses who can offer an opinion as to the alleged conduct in order to best prepare your defense.
How the case begins will depend on whether the defendant is charged in Federal Court or State Court. If the accused has been charged with a felony by the Commonwealth of Kentucky then an arraignment will be held in District Court, and a “not guilty” plea will be entered and a probable cause hearing will be held within ten days if the accused is in custody or within 20 days if the accused is out of custody. If the District Court Judge finds that probable cause exists then the matter will typically be heard by a Grand Jury within sixty days if the Grand Jury returns an Indictment, a defendant will be arraigned in Circuit Court and the prosecutor will be ordered to provide discovery. If the defendant is still in custody, we will demand a bond reduction hearing. Sometimes Will is able to negotiate for a Diversion deal, reduced charges, or a dismissal. It may then be necessary to file Motions to exclude any illegally seized evidence from Court proceedings, to retain any necessary experts, and to fully investigate your matter. Should the case not end through negotiations, or “plea bargaining,” then it will be resolved at a trial. The jurors will decide any issues of guilt and, in the event of a conviction, recommend a sentence. The judge usually decides between probation and incarceration. Having experienced counsel is crucial to properly defending yourself and avoiding incarceration.
Will Corrigan is a Louisville white collar crimes attorney protecting the rights of Kentucky defendants. He will use your initial consultation to gain an understanding of your situation and to help you know what it is you should expect from the process. In these types of cases it is not uncommon for law enforcement to have violated your Fourth Amendment rights while recovering evidence from your computer, your smartphone, or elsewhere. Will understands these types of issues and will file any necessary Motions with the Court to suppress evidence which was seized illegally. He will aggressively examine the law enforcement officials at the evidentiary hearing and ensure that your rights are protected. Our office will also find experts, if necessary, to conduct a forensic analysis of the evidence. If a resolution is not reached then we will take your case to trial and will make sure you are prepared to do so. Will understands the impact that these charges can have on your future and he will give your case the attention it deserves. Contact us to speak with a lawyer.
Criminal defense attorney giving Louisville white collar crime cases the attention they require
White collar charges can be highly complex and it is important that your lawyer understand the facts inside and out. Will handles all matters in our office personally and oversees every aspect of the case. This allows him to have an in-depth understanding of the evidence against you and to make sure that all possible defenses are explored. Will also stays in close contact with his clients. This includes providing his personal cell phone number and making himself available to answer any questions you may have. This is our approach in each and every case we handle.