Federal white-collar criminal defense

White Collar Crimes

Tallahassee White Collar Criminal Defense Attorney

Experienced and Knowledgeable White Collar Defense

White collar crime is typically defined as a nonviolent crime committed for financial gain.  Most commonly, white collar crime is committed in commercial situations, though this is not always the case.  Given economic difficulties in recent years, white collar crime has become more common.  As a result, investigative units at the state and federal level have been given increased resources to prosecute these types of crimes.


Tallahassee white collar criminal defense attorney Joe Bodiford has defended hundreds of people charged with white collar crimes.  In fact, he has been a featured faculty member at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer's “White Collar Criminal Defense College” at Stetson University College of Law.  Additionally, he wrote the chapter “White-Collar Crimes” in the Florida Bar's book Business Litigation in Florida. He provides experienced and knowledgeable white collar defense.

State-Level White Collar Crimes

Florida’s “White Collar Crime Victim Protection Act” defines white collar crime quite broadly – amost every nonviolent, nondrug crime in falls under its auspices. In the state of Florida, common white collar criminal violations include:

  • Checks and Drafts
  • Embezzlement
  • Fraud, including student loan fraud, mortgage fraud, and Medicare/Medicaid fraud
  • Racketeering
  • Theft
  • Other crimes, including bribery and extortion

Additionally, white collar crime can be “aggravated,” which results in a harsher penalty. Someone convicted of aggravated white collar crime could serve a minimum of 48 months in prison.  Restitution is also required, since the crime was financial in nature.


Federal White Collar Crime

In addition to being charged at the state level, white collar crimes can also be prosecuted at the federal level. Federal white collar charges can include, but are not limited to:

  • Bank fraud
  • Bankruptcy fraud
  • Computer crime
  • Insurance fraud
  • Mail and wire fraud
  • Tax evasion

In the Tallahassee area, the Federal authorities, the Tallahassee Police department, and the Leon County State Attorney’s Office all have units whose sole responsibility is to investigate white collar crime.  Consequently, it is vital that you retain an attorney with at least as much experience as the prosecution.  Joe Bodiford has extensive experience defending against white collar crime charges in both state and federal courts. If you have been charged with white collar crime, don’t wait.  Contact Mr. Bodiford for a free consultation.