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What NOT to Do When Being Investigated for a White-Collar Crime

Being investigated for a white-collar crime is devastating. Due to the high-profile nature of these charges, prosecutors and the public may treat you as guilty even before a trial begins. If convicted, you face serious jail time and a ruined reputation — you could even be banned from partaking in business with the government or lose your professional license. Conviction may be the end of your corporate career. A New Jersey white-collar defense attorney can protect your rights throughout the investigation and work hard to avoid an indictment.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) estimates that white-collar crime costs the United States more than $300 billion annually. Following these steps will help you avoid self-incrimination and the appearance of guilt:

  • Do not attempt to cover up your activities by destroying documents or asking people to hide the truth. This alone can convince the prosecutor to charge you, because an innocent person would have nothing to cover up.
  • Don’t throw away documents you fear might be damaging. Law enforcement officers or investigators can find evidence in your trash.
  • Try to stay calm and not lose your temper. It is always best — though often difficult — to be polite to all parties involved.

If you are facing any kind of white-collar crime investigation, you need to act now to ensure you have a strong defense. Contact the lawyers at Arseneault, Whipple, Fassett & Azzarello, LLP now to schedule your initial consultation.

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