San Diego White Collar Crime Attorney

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If you were arrested for an economic crime in San Diego 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 attorney at our firm can provide you with the representation you need to counter the prosecutor's claims against you.

Bill Nimmo, Attorney 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 drastic consequence.

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

Bill Nimmo has handled many white collar crimes throughout our careers as a criminal attorney 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 had accumulated.

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 attorney 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 the following:

  • Theft
  • Burglary
  • Credit card theft
  • Insurance fraud
  • Workers' compensation fraud
  • Identity theft
  • Embezzlement from employers
  • Extortion
  • 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 San Diego County criminal defense lawyer today to schedule your free case evaluation.