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White Collar Crime Defense in Orange County, CA

White collar crimes are defined as illegal acts that are characterized by deceit, concealment, or violation of trust and that are not dependent upon the application or threat of physical force or violence. Since there is no violence or threat involved, white collar crimes are typically associated with corporate leaders, business owners, and companies themselves. This is where the name “white collar crime” originates, as it conjures visions of someone in a white button-up shirt.

People or organizations charged for white collar crimes are accused of using deceit to:

  • Gain finances
  • Steal or control services
  • Prevent the loss of finances
  • Conceal illegal finances
  • Manipulate sensitive or private data

While being accused of a white collar crime may seem harmless, a conviction for this type of criminal charge can prove to be as severe as a violent crime conviction. Facing such charges as a business owner can be an intense situation and could result in imprisonment and fines. The consequences of a white collar crime violation can actually be even worse since a business owner’s actions can reflect on their business. That is to say, if you own a business and you are convicted of a white collar crime, then your company’s reputation could sink alongside your own. In California, these crimes could be charged on both a state and federal level, and recently, the state has been especially hard on white collar crimes. It’s important for your future and the future of your company to discuss your legal options with a qualified criminal defense lawyer

To stop the worst from happening to your business and your own freedoms, choose to defend yourself with Orange County White Collar Crime Attorney Jacqueline Goodman. As the owner and manager of her law firm, she knows firsthand how important business ownership is for an entrepreneur like you. Her goal is to protect your best interests and business as thoroughly as possible. Rely on her 20+ years of criminal defense experience to move forward with your defense!

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Criminal cases are often complicated. There are two sides to every story, and it is important that the court sees the situation clearly. We can help defend you in your criminal case and make sure your perspective is heard.


As we mentioned earlier, white-collar crime refers to non-violent, financially motivated crimes typically committed by individuals, businesses, or government professionals in positions of trust and authority. Unlike traditional street crimes, white-collar crimes are often committed in the course of legitimate occupations and professions.

White-collar crimes are non-violent, financially motivated offenses typically committed by individuals, businesses, or government professionals in positions of trust and authority. These crimes are often characterized by deceit, concealment, or violation of trust and are usually committed for financial gain. 

Here are some common types of white-collar crimes:

  • Fraud: This offense is a deliberate act of deception or misrepresentation with the intent to gain an unfair or dishonest advantage, typically for financial gain. 
  • Embezzlement: Occurs when someone misappropriates funds entrusted to them for personal use. This often happens within a company or organization.
  • Forgery: Involves the creation of false documents, signatures, or other items with the intent to deceive for financial gain.
  • Insider Trading: Illegally buying or selling securities based on non-public, material information about a company.
  • Bribery and Corruption: Involves offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting something of value to influence the actions of an official or other person in a position of authority.
  • Money Laundering: The process of concealing the origins of illegally obtained money, typically by means of transfers involving foreign banks or legitimate businesses.
  • Identity Theft: Involves stealing personal information, such as Social Security numbers or financial details, to commit fraud or other crimes.
  • Tax Evasion: The illegal act of not paying taxes owed to the government by underreporting income, inflating deductions, or hiding money in offshore accounts.
  • Racketeering: Organized and systematic illegal activities carried out for profit, often through an elaborate scheme or organization.
  • Ponzi Schemes: Investment scams that promise high returns with little risk to investors but use funds from new investors to pay the returns to earlier investors.
  • Environmental Crimes: Violations of environmental laws, regulations, or permits, often involving the improper disposal of hazardous waste or pollution.
  • Antitrust Violations: Actions that prevent fair competition in the marketplace, such as price-fixing, bid-rigging, or monopolistic practices.

Whether your arrest involved accusations of embezzlement, fraud, identity theft, or an internet crime, Attorney Goodman can defend you. She understands that your career and your professional license may be at stake and wants to minimize the effect of scrutiny on you and your business.

Don't make the mistake of speaking with investigators without having your lawyer by your side to represent you. Otherwise, you run the risk of making self-incriminating statements that would cost you the opportunity of avoiding a conviction. The sooner you receive expert legal defense by contacting a criminal defense attorney, the better your chances against these serious charges.

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  • How many years can you get for a white collar crime?
    There is a wide range of penalties for white collar crimes. They depend on the amount of money involved or whether the crime is considered a felony or a misdemeanor. For example, extortion is a felony, and the maximum punishment is four years. Fraud over $950 is charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. A felony results in a maximum incarceration of five years and a maximum fine of $50,000 or twice the amount of the fraud.
  • Why is it called a white collar crime?

    White collar crimes are generally associated with white collar workers, corporate leaders, businesses, or business owners. These people or agencies take advantage of their position to commit these financial crimes.

  • Is a White Collar Crime a Federal Offense?

    White-collar crimes can be charged as federal offenses for several reasons, primarily due to the nature of these offenses and the impact they can have on national or interstate commerce. Here are some reasons why white-collar crimes often fall under federal jurisdiction:

    • Interstate Commerce: Many white-collar crimes involve activities that cross state lines or have a substantial impact on interstate commerce. The federal government has jurisdiction over such cases because it has the authority to regulate and oversee interstate commerce.
    • National or International Scope: White-collar crimes often transcend state boundaries and may have a national or even international scope. Federal agencies, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), are better equipped to handle cases that extend beyond individual state jurisdictions.
    • Specialized Federal Agencies: Federal agencies are often specialized and have the expertise and resources to investigate and prosecute complex financial crimes. For example, the SEC deals with securities fraud, while the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) focuses on tax-related offenses.
    • Protection of Federal Programs and Institutions: Some white-collar crimes involve fraud or corruption against federal programs, agencies, or institutions. Fraudulent activities targeting government programs or funds may lead to federal charges.
    • Uniform Application of Laws: The federal legal system provides a uniform set of laws and regulations that can be applied consistently across the entire country. This helps ensure a standardized approach to prosecuting and sentencing white-collar offenders.
    • Global Financial Markets: Crimes such as securities fraud or insider trading often affect global financial markets. The federal government is better positioned to address these issues, working in coordination with international law enforcement agencies.
    • Complexity and Resources: White-collar crimes are often intricate, involving complex financial transactions, extensive paper trails, and sophisticated schemes. Federal law enforcement agencies typically have the resources, expertise, and jurisdiction to handle such intricate cases.
    • Deterrence and Public Trust: Federal prosecution of white-collar crimes is seen as a deterrent, sending a strong message that the government takes financial misconduct seriously. It helps maintain public trust in financial institutions and markets.


If you’re facing an Orange County criminal case, look to the Law Office of Jacqueline Goodman. Attorney Jacqueline Goodman has been successful at helping clients obtain positive verdicts that involve going to a restitution center instead of spending time in jail or state prison. At such a restitution center, white collar crime offenders earn a paycheck that is used to repay any victims of their fraud, fund the center for the future, and create a new bank account that the offender can access once their sentencing requirements end.

In other instances, she has been able to negotiate plea deals that shielded her client’s reputation and that of their associated businesses. The bottom line is she is always thinking of creative and better ways to take care of her clients and protect their personal and professional reputation, which even means representing them in court when necessary. For a strong and proven legal defense against white collar crime charges, contact the Law Office of Jacqueline Goodman.




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