White collar crimes are considered non-violent, but are financially motivated, and usually come with harsh penalties if convicted. Depending on the circumstances of the crime, white collar crimes can be open to federal prosecution in addition to state penalties. While many people accused of white collar crimes do not fit our common conception of a “criminal,” it is important to remember that white collar crimes can result in extremely serious penalties and many people who are convicted of these kinds offenses spend years or even decades in prison.

These cases are commonly complex, full of sophisticated financial mechanisms and lengthy paper trails. They require a sharp, vigilant eye for defense, as well as a willingness and experience to face federal court if the prosecution takes it there. At Martin & Kent, L.L.C., we’ve handled a number of white collar crime cases and always ensure that our clients’ rights are protected throughout what can be a grueling and aggressive prosecution. With more than 10,000 criminal cases handled during our nearly 45 years of combined experience, we’re well-versed in bringing even the most sophisticated charges to swift, minimized conclusions. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago criminal defense lawyers, call us at (630) 474-8000 at any time of day or night.


White collar crimes usually occur in businesses, corporations, and sometimes political bodies. In many cases, the people who are accused of committing white collar crimes are professionals, elected officials, or others in a position of power or trust. White collar offenses are often associated with corruption, involving certain procedures that unlawfully benefit the individuals involved.

Examples of white collar crimes include:

  • Bribery
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Embezzlement
  • Bank and ATM fraud
  • Money laundering
  • Consumer fraud
  • Credit card fraud
  • Check fraud (deceptive practices)
  • Forgery
  • Environmental offenses
  • Insurance fraud

Many of these offenses are considered felonies, which can carry heavy penalties. Classification and consequences vary, but are often dependent on the value of the property gained through the crime. For more information about your charges and what penalties you might be facing, contact our DuPage County criminal law offices today.


White collar crime cases often involve sophisticated, long-term investigations conducted by specialized law enforcement personnel. Unlike street crime, where alleged criminals are typically caught in the act or shortly thereafter, white collar crimes are usually built during the course of months or years of investigation. As a result, many people whom the government charges with white collar crimes feel like the government has an airtight case against them and their only realistic chance is to plead guilty.

There are often defenses available in white collar crime cases, but it can take a trained legal eye to spot them. It is for this reason that it is absolutely critical for anyone facing criminal charges involving white collar crimes to discuss their case with an experienced Chicago criminal defense lawyer before making any decisions that could affect their legal rights. Some of the more common defenses available in white collar crimes include:

  • Challenging the admissibility of evidence because of Fourth Amendment violations – As mentioned above, many white collar crime investigations involve long-term, ongoing surveillance. While this may seem like it can only strengthen the state’s case, the longer an investigation goes on, the more opportunity there is for law enforcement to make mistakes that could violate a suspect’s Fourth Amendment rights. If this occurred in your case, it may be possible to have the evidence against you excluded, potentially weakening the state’s case.
  • Entrapment – Entrapment is a common defense raised in white collar crime cases. It involves showing that a government agent induced a person to commit a crime that would not otherwise have been committed had it not been for the acts of the agent.
  • Lack of intent – In some cases, a person accused of a white collar criminal offense truly had no idea that he or she was part of a larger scheme. This often occurs in the context of a complicated scheme where an individual is performing his or her job duties and unknowingly helping those behind the plot.

These are just a few of the defenses that may be available in a white collar criminal case. When you retain Martin & Kent, L.L.C., we will perform an exhaustive analysis of your case in order to determine the best approach to take. In the event that there are no defenses available, we will work hard to negotiate a plea bargain arrangement that will allow you to avoid the most serious consequences associated with your alleged offense.


Defense against white collar crime charges requires a skilled attorney who can create a clear and accurate narrative for juries to understand. If you are facing charges for a white collar crime, you can’t trust your case with just anyone! We urge you to call Martin & Kent, L.L.C., immediately at (630) 474-8000 for trusted and proven counsel.

Schedule your free consultation and start your defense today!