Being charged with a non-violent crime can be just as serious and damaging to your life as other types of criminal charges. Stacks can provide legal assistance and help you defend your reputation and standard of living.
White collar crime
“White collar crime” is a colloquial term which describes criminal offences involving fraud, especially financial fraud. The penalties can be harsh, even if the offence occurred as a result of recklessness, rather than a deliberate action. These penalties can range from fines to hefty prison sentences.
Seeking legal advice as soon as you are charged with a white collar crime can make all the difference. An experienced criminal lawyer may be able to have your charge reduced, and/or negotiate a plea agreement with the police or prosecution, to ensure that the matter proceeds in the Local Court, where a lower maximum penalty is likely to apply.
The law relating to white collar crimes is extremely complex. Defending charges of this nature requires an understanding of the regulations prescribed by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC.) A member of the experienced Stacks criminal law team will make sure you understand the charges and the legal process, and work towards making your experience with the legal system a little less daunting.
Environmental crime is a type of non-violent crime involving actions that deliberately or carelessly harm the environment. All individuals and companies have a legal obligation to minimise the impact of any activities on the environment. Many people may not be aware that allegations can be raised about what they are doing, or have done, which has impacted the environment.
Ignorance of legislation and the requirement to obtain licenses, approvals and permits, or to avoid carrying out certain activities, does not offer a defence.
Environmental law is a specialist area and the legal procedures can be quite different to those relating to other criminal offences. Our experienced criminal lawyers are familiar with the many interrelated issues and can critically assess the foundation of any allegations made against you, with the aim of mounting a successful defence.
Have a question about a white collar or non-violent crime? Speak to the criminal lawyers at Stacks.