White Collar Crimes

Many of the individuals who are accused of white collar crimes are business men and women who are alleged to have committed financially motivated, non-violent offenses. While allegations can be detrimental to a person's personal and professional reputation, the consequences of a conviction can be thoroughly devastating.

At Patel Law, PC, our talented Champaign criminal defense attorneys bring years of experience to white collar crime cases throughout Champaign-Urbana, Danville, Decatur and other communities in Central Illinois. If you are currently under investigation, or if you have been charged with a white collar crime, bringing your case to the attention of our legal team can allow our firm to immediately begin formulating an aggressive defense plan. Our firm is capable of defending against any white collar crime allegation, including:

  • Real estate fraud
  • Securities fraud
  • Ponzi schemes
  • Identity theft
  • Embezzlement
  • Money laundering

Defense strategies in white collar criminal cases often focus on the element of intent. In order to convict you of a crime, the state must prove that you intended to commit a crime. Proving this can be difficult for prosecutors, and intelligent criminal defense lawyers will work to highlight a lack of willful action and intent. For example, you may have made poor business decisions, but poor business decisions are not a crime.

The experience you need to protect you from serious accusations

Attorney Baku N. Patel is a former federal prosecutor for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), where he handled consumer fraud and antitrust cases. He has been retained to handle complex federal criminal cases such as defending corporate directors in an environmental pollution case, litigating a case that involved multimillion-dollar security fraud charges and a very sophisticated real estate fraud case involving millions of dollars of property.

When working on white collar crime defense plans, Attorney Patel draws upon these experiences to favorably resolve even the most difficult cases. Many of the alleged victims of white collar crimes simply want to get their money back - an outcome that may not be helped if the defendant faces a criminal trial. For this reason, many white collar criminal cases can be resolved by negotiating restitution. However, if the other side is unreasonable, we are willing and able to defend you at trial.