White-collar crime isn’t violent crime, but it is nevertheless treated quite seriously in North Carolina. If you are accused of a white-collar crime such as embezzlement, insider trading, or fraud, you must be represented by an experienced Winston-Salem white-collar criminal attorney.

White-collar crimes are prosecuted as felonies or as misdemeanors depending on the details of the charge and the criminal record of the defendant. Most white-collar crimes are prosecuted as felonies.

What Can Happen If You’re Convicted Of A White-collar Crime?

Convictions for serious white-collar crimes can mean long prison terms, and a conviction may only be the start of a white-collar offender’s troubles. If you are convicted of a white-collar crime, you may then be sued by the victims in civil court as they seek to recoup their losses.

White-collar crimes involve deception and some type of fraud or theft. White-collar crime targets are typically businesses, financial institutions, and government agencies, but almost anyone can be a victim of online fraud or identity theft. White collar crimes include but are not limited to:

  1. Bankruptcy fraud: failing to declare all of your assets when filing for bankruptcy
  2. Credit card fraud: using your card or someone else’s to acquire items without paying
  3. Embezzlement: taking for yourself assets that you have been trusted to protect
  4. Forgery: signing someone else’s name or otherwise altering a financial document for gain
  5. Money laundering: concealing the source of illegally obtained funds


Even if you are not informed of it officially, you have the right to remain silent whenever you are questioned by a law enforcement figure. Exercise that right if you are questioned about any alleged white-collar crime, especially if:

  1. You believe that your name is connected to the investigation of a financial impropriety.
  2. You receive a formal letter from the FBI, IRS, or another agency asking for information.
  3. The FBI or IRS appears at your door and wants to speak with you.
  4. You receive unusual requests at work about confidential or suspicious financial matters.


Investigations into white-collar crimes may last for weeks – even months – as authorities build their case. Asking an experienced Winston-Salem white-collar criminal attorney at LAWSMITH to advocate on your behalf can sometimes bring the process to a swift and positive conclusion.

If the government files a criminal charge against you for a white-collar crime, it is imperative to have an experienced criminal defense attorney at LAWSMITH, the Law Offices of J. Scott Smith, protect your rights and fight for justice on your behalf.

How Can You Contact Lawsmith, The Law Offices Of J. Scott Smith?

Our legal team has successfully defended scores of clients in the Winston-Salem or Greensboro area, and we are ready to represent you. You can arrange to speak with an experienced North Carolina defense attorney by calling us at 336-306-8644 or by completing the contact form here on our website.

Every LAWSMITH case and client receives our complete personal attention. If you are being charged with a white-collar crime in North Carolina, or if you are being investigated regarding an alleged white-collar crime, call us now. It’s the right step to take.