White collar crimes are associated with business suites, not city streets. The accused is a businessman, not a street thug or drug dealer. These are crimes of deceit and fraud, not violence. Those accused of white collar offenses may not feel like criminals, but prison (and loss of freedom) is as real for them as any violent offender.
The offenses associated with white collar offenses cover a range of activity: bank fraud, insurance fraud, embezzlement, tax evasion, environmental crimes, computer and Internet fraud, and commercial bribery. And these offenses are not restricted to private industry. Official corruption by government officials are also the subject of investigation and prosecution.
White collar investigations often start with a grand jury subpoena to produce business documents or with a search warrant for a business to seize the records. Other investigation techniques include a "target" or a "subject" letter (information to the person that he or she faces criminal charges), a subpoena to testify at a grand jury. And don't forget the visit by your "friendly" State or Federal investigator to just "ask you a few questions."
Law enforcement agencies are generally not local police departments. The accused now faces investigators from county prosecutor's office or the state Attorney General's office, and federal agencies such as the FBI, Secret Service, Treasury, Postal Authorities, Immigration and Naturalization Service or IRS.
For over 30 years, New Jersey attorney Brian J. Neary has represented people both in private business and government charged with white collar crimes. For decades he has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America for his work in white collar criminal defense.(The Best Lawyers lists are issued by Best Lawyers. Learn more about the selection methodology for this honor. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.) Mr. Neary leads the firm in defending white collar crime charges. He also represents individuals who may be subpoenaed as witnesses before a grand jury. This representation may also include meeting with law enforcement officials and documenting production for subpoenaed materials.
With offices in Hackensack and Jersey City, we practice in state and federal courts throughout New Jersey. Contact us to discuss your case in confidence.