White Collar Crimes
White collar crimes often take the form of a complex civil case but with criminal penalties. Therefore, an understanding of both civil and criminal law is essential when representing a client accused of a white collar crime. White collar crimes are also prosecuted in federal court. If you are facing white-collar criminal charges or have reason to believe you are the target of a criminal investigation, it is important to consult with an experienced defense attorney as soon as possible. Your career, your reputation and your very freedom may be at stake. Examples of white collar crimes often prosecuted in federal court include fraud, sex crimes, drug crimes, embezzlement, conspiracy, and public corruption.
Federal Sex Crimes
Rape, sexual assault, and child molestation are typically charged as state crimes. With the proliferation of the Internet, however, if such a crime involves multiple states or has occurred overseas, the offense may be prosecuted in federal court.
Child pornography, for example, is commonly prosecuted in federal court when someone in Texas allegedly distributes or receives sexually explicit images of a minor to or from someone in another state or from abroad. This can occur through file sharing on the Internet or even directly sending child pornography through email or instant messaging, all of which are forms of interstate/international wire communications. Federal child pornography laws are codified in 18 U.S. Code, Chapter 110, entitled “Sexual Exploitation and Other Abuse of Children.”
These laws prohibit the solicitation, manufacture, production, distribution, and possession of child pornography. They also mandate a legal requirement for adults to report child abuse, and they authorize several agencies to investigate and prosecute the sexual exploitation of children.
Other Internet-Related Federal Sex Crimes
The federal government also investigates and prosecutes other Internet-related sex crimes—such as the online solicitation of a minor, which occurs when an adult has sexually explicit chats with a minor in another state. If the internet-based conversation leads to travel across state lines for the purpose of engaging in sex with a minor, the adult may be charged with several federal sex crimes.