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What Does It Mean to Say That You Are a Target for White Collar Crime Allegations?

Posted on : October 6, 2018, By:  Leah H. Mayersohn, Esq.

You could be under suspicion in relation to white collar crime, but this does not always mean that you’ll end up with criminal charges pressed against you. Knowing the difference between the different kinds of claims can make a big difference in how you proceed with your case.

Being accused of a white collar crime is a situation requiring immediate insight from an experienced white collar crime defense attorney. Many people are confused about the terminology related to white collar crime and one such term is a target. In many cases, white collar crime investigations are initiated by an assisting United States attorney.

The prosecution team can also be assisted by a grand jury and these citizens have the power to subpoena people to appear before them, to turn over documents or to answer questions. Furthermore, the grand jury can issue indictments. Once an individual has been named as a target in a white collar crime investigation, the prosecutor has likely already made a decision that the individual is guilty and the prosecutor has then turned his or her attention to collecting strong enough evidence to indict this person on white collar crime charges. A witness is not yet under any suspicion but could have information of interest to the grand jury.

A subject is classified as somewhere in between a witness and a target. That person might have engaged in questionable or unethical conduct, but the prosecutor might not be certain that a provable crime has been committed. For that purpose, the prosecutor might carry out an additional investigation. If you believe that you have been named as a target in a white collar crime investigation, talk to a Florida criminal defense attorney immediately about the best way to prepare a thorough strategy to manage both the investigation and any related criminal charges.