San Diego White Collar Crime Attorneys
Want to avoid a federal investigation?
If you were arrested for an economic crime in San Diego, North County,
or any other surrounding area in Southern California, you could be facing
more serious consequences than you think. You will need immediate legal
representation to ensure that your reputation and your assets are protected.
The highly skilled and qualified criminal defense attorneys at our Vista
firm can provide you with the representation you need to counter the prosecutor's
claims against you.
Bill Nimmo & Raymond Gomez, Attorneys at Law, An Association of Sole
Practitioners have profound experience representing clients for a wide
range of charges. From the affluent to the middle class to independent
business owners, no tax bracket is too complex for us to handle!
What is a white collar crime?
Many times people are falsely accused of economic crimes. These situations
require the services of a competent white collar crime defense attorney,
and are typically business transactions or partnership relations gone
bad. Often the angry party causes criminal charges to be brought when
the case should have been resolved in civil court or through negotiations.
Sometimes the angry party intentionally omits material information causing
the prosecuting agency to only understand one side of a definite two sided story.
Be aware that the fees in an economic or “white collar” case
can be to very large because of the amount of time and effort they take
to litigate. Usually the case has to been explained by showing a money
and/or paper trail. The quantity of documents and relevant witnesses can
be massive and can require a tremendous amount of document review, analysis,
expert review, document acquisition, and investigation. The ultimate hearing,
a jury trial, can bankrupt all but the most funded clients. It is for
this reason that early intervention and reasonable settlement strategies
become important. Also, unlike days past, the penalties are getting stiffer
for these “white collar” cases. For a person who is used to
business, family, and freedom, going to prison for several years is a
Business people tend to be confident and enthusiastic. Sometimes this characteristic
which makes them successful also makes them overextend themselves and
experience business failure. Unfortunately, when a business fails, people
who lost money complain. Many times prosecutors who are not familiar with
the trials and tribulations of business, put too much faith in the word
of alleged victims and they end up pursuing criminal charges. Expert analysis
and enthusiastic advocacy by a trusted and respected criminal defense
lawyer can set them straight.
Examples of White Collar Cases We've Handled
We have handled many white collar crimes throughout our careers as criminal
attorneys in San Diego. The following are a few examples of our results:
Environmental Regulation Violations
A major recycling facility in Los Angeles, California was accused of over
160 violations of environmental regulations involving changing bills of
lading and improper disposal on used oil shipments. The shipments came
from San Diego to a recycling and disposal facility in Los Angeles. After
lengthy presentations and negotiations, the District Attorneys office
decided not to file the criminal charges.
Fraud and Theft
A trucking company owner was charged with fraud and theft from his business
partner in the establishment of new trucking venture and the purchase
of several semi trucks.
The prosecution alleged a number of fraudulent acts, including manipulating
paperwork so the defendant could obtain several trucks free for his own
separate trucking business. Convinced our client was guilty, the prosecutor
ignored our pleas to meet and look at the vast amounts of evidence we
One key piece of evidence that the defense uncovered was that the partner
accusing the defendant had a severe alcohol problem. The defense strongly
suggested that, because of this dysfunction, the complaining partner absented
himself from the business and only complained when he lost his assets
due to business misfortunes.
Finally, after the preliminary hearing, and because of points made in the
cross examination of the alleged victim, the prosecutor began to view
the evidence more openly. Ultimately, by providing the prosecution with
certain key pieces to the puzzle, the defense was able to convince the
DA’s office to dismiss.
Doctor Accused of Theft
A foreign medical doctor charged was with a theft of over $50,000. Upon
payment of restitution and explanation of the extenuating circumstances
the charges were reduced to a misdemeanor and the doctor served no time in jail.
Forgery and Theft from an Elderly Person
An insurance agent was charged with forgery and theft from an elderly person.
The client was accused of forging a deed giving her full ownership of
a property jointly owned with a 90 year old woman. The prosecution handwriting
expert determined that the signature on the deed was not the signature
of the elderly woman. The co-defendant was a notary public who allegedly
conspired to fraudulently notarize the transaction. The defense hired
an ink-aging expert to demonstrate that the notary transaction had occurred
when our clients claimed it happened and had not been backdated fraudulently.
Cross examination of the 90 year old woman showed her to not always tell
the truth. The clients were given misdemeanors and no time in custody.
A young man was charged with embezzling $16,000 from a hotel. While out
on bail awaiting disposition of that case he embezzled another $50,000
from another hotel. The District Attorney offered 3 years in prison. That
offer was rejected and at the beginning of trial the defendant pled guilty
and received probation.
A medical doctor was accused of over prescribing a large quantity of vicodin
to a woman who committed suicide by overdosing on the drugs. After lengthy
talks with the prosecutor the District Attorney’s office decided
not to file charges.
The key to these cases is to get a lawyer on board quickly to analyze the
situation and set a strategy. Setting a strategy early can result in a
tremendous savings of money and potential time in custody. In fact, the
minute you sense that there is a potential situation, or if you hear that
an investigation is proceeding you should retain counsel. An investigation
means that no charges have been filed and that provides a skilled lawyer
the opportunity to stop the filing of a
fraud or other
white collar crime.
Let Our Legal Team Fight for You
If you have been contacted by any federal or state government agency, you
may be suspected of committing an economic crime. Our San Diego economic
crime attorneys can inform you of your rights and prepare you for what
to expect during any type of criminal investigation.
Our firm provides effective legal counsel and an aggressive defense for
- Credit card theft
- Insurance fraud
- Workers' compensation fraud
- Identity theft
- Embezzlement from employers
- White collar crimes
Whether your personal finances are being questioned or your business is
being investigated, you can rest assured that our legal team knows how
to make certain that your rights are not violated during unlawful searches
or other proceedings.
What a Conviction Could Mean for You
An individual who is convicted of an economic crime could face serious
penalties. Prosecutors and federal investigators will stop at next to
nothing to catch you breaking the law and will try to utilize any resource,
witness, or financial transaction record to convict you.
A conviction for an economic crime could result in misdemeanor- or felony-level
penalties. This can include up to 4 years in state prison, fines ranging from $1,000
to $10,000 and even professional license revocation. The government may
also be able to seize any money or property that is assumed to stolen
through fraudulent means. With the help of a skilled San Diego economic
crime lawyer, however, your chances of successfully fighting serious criminal
allegations can be enhanced significantly.
Do not go into this battle alone!
Don't wait another moment to retain an attorney who has utilized years
of experience and knowledge to earn an
AV Preeminent® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®! We are ready to put our knowledge, extensive background, and professional
resources to work for your benefit.
Call a Vista criminal defense lawyer today to schedule your free