Charges for White Collar Crimes

South Bend Criminal Defense Attorneys Serving St. Joseph County

While white collar crimes may be seen as smaller offenses than other criminal charges and are often less visible to the general public, they can still carry serious consequences such as costly fines, forced restitution, and extensive time in jail or prison. Contrary to popular perception, these types of crimes don't just happen with major corporations on Wall Street. They can occur in small offices and homes as well.

At Wruble Law Group, we represent all types of clients that have been charged with white collar crimes – from individuals to corporations. Some of the white collar crimes that we can defend you against include:

Criminal Defense Lawyers for Individuals & Corporations

If you have been charged with one of these crimes, it is important to immediately hire a knowledgeable South Bend criminal defense lawyer to be at your defense. Even if you are only under investigation and think you may face charges in the future, we can still work to challenge local, state, and federal investigations against you and try to lessen the charges, or even have them dismissed before they are made. We understand that being accused of criminal activity, especially if it is the first time, can be a frightening and confusing situation. Many who are charged with these types of crimes have a professional career and license, as well as a reputation in their local community that they want to uphold.

With so much to lose, having the right legal assistance at your side should be a top priority. Our South Bend criminal defense attorneys have over 40 years of collective experience and are here to help you handle these allegations, navigate the situation, and defend you, your family, your career, and your reputation with a detailed and aggressive defense.

Contact us today at (574) 282-2200 and allow us to fight your white collar criminal charges! Free initial case evaluations are available!

South Bend Copyright Infringement Attorney

Defending You from Serious Federal Allegations

A copyright is a license to exclusive ownership and usage rights to a piece of intellectual property that is granted by the United States federal government. However, recent legal decisions have allowed for intellectual property cases to be tried and settled in state courts.

According to US Code Title 17, Chapter 3, § 302, a work of intellectual property automatically gains copyright protection at its creation and carries over for a period of 70 years after the author’s death. This means even if the work has not been registered with the U.S. Copyright Office, you could face charges of copyright violation if you illegally copy or appropriate all or part of that piece of intellectual property. Copyrights can also spread to more than just written works – drawings, films, artworks, computer software, music, and any other form of intellectual property is also copyright protected.

If you are facing charges of copyright infringement, retain the services of an experienced South Bend criminal defense attorney from the Wruble Law Group by calling their firm at (574) 282-2200 today.

How is copyright infringement penalized?

Copyright infringement is a difficult legal area to navigate as federal law allows for certain exceptions to copyright protection. Works of parody and critical review, for example, are allowed to appropriate all or part of works of intellectual property and are not considered theft. However, downloading things like music, movies, and computer software for use without paying for them is protected under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and can result in harsh punishments if you are caught.

If you are found guilty of copyright infringement, you could be facing the following penalties:

  • Large fines
  • Jail sentences
  • Forced monetary damage payments
  • Criminal record

If you have been charged with copyright infringement, or are unsure as to whether your use of a pre-existing piece of intellectual property is legal under federal law, a skilled South Bend criminal defense lawyer can help. At the Wruble Law Group, we have more than 40 years of combined legal experience, and have helped numerous clients successfully navigate through complex white collar crime cases.

Retain the legal counsel you need for your copyright infringement case. Contact the Wruble Law Group online and receive a free initial consultation today.

Facing Embezzlement Charges?

Let Our South Bend Criminal Defense Team Help

Embezzlement is a form of white collar crime that occurs when there is theft or misappropriation of funds - for one's own personal gain - that someone was entrusted to manage or monitor. Being charged with embezzlement can result in harsh and severe penalties; but if charged as a federal offense, the penalties are much more severe.

If you're facing embezzlement charges, the first thing you should do is contact an aggressive and skilled South Bend criminal defense attorney who is knowledgeable in both state and federal law. The legal team at Wruble Law Group takes your case personally and when you put us on your side, we can use our 40 years of collective experience to help you safeguard your future.

Don't face your legal battle with a mediocre defense. Call (574) 282-2200 today to speak to a South Bend criminal defense lawyer today.

Consequences of Embezzlement

Indiana law punishes embezzlement according to the value of the money or property stolen. Depending on the circumstances of the offense, however, embezzlement can also be charged under federal law and offers no chance of parole.

Under state law, embezzlement penalties can include:

  • If the money or property is valued at less than $100,000: In addition to paying the value of the money/property back to the victim, defendants face $10,000 in fines, 6 months in jail and/or 18 months in prison.
  • If the money or property is valued at $100,000 or more: In addition to paying the value of the money/property back to the victim, defendants face 2-8 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

If charged as a federal offense, embezzlement penalties can include:

  • Felony embezzlement: Up to $250,000 in fines and/or up to 10 years of imprisonment
  • Misdemeanor embezzlement: Up to $100,000 in fines and/or up to one year of imprisonment

Hire Wruble Law Group Today

When your rights and liberties are at stake, you need a team of fighters on your side. Our firm is made up of South Bend criminal defense attorneys who have extensive courtroom experience – especially with felony jury trials. Regardless of the opposition you may face, our lawyers are prepared to take any case to trial. Our team knows your rights and we have the tenacity, determination and skill to fight for them.

When you need a defense team that isn’t afraid to fight for you, choose Wruble Law Group. Contact us online today to request a free case evaluation.

Money Laundering Charges in Indiana

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Like most white collar crimes, money laundering can result in heavy penalties due to the high monetary value of the alleged offense. The crime concerns concealing illegally-earned income and disguising it as legitimate. Authorities will often allege that money laundering is associated with a larger, organized crime enterprise—which is why it accusations should always be met with knowledgeable, hard-hitting defense.

If you have been accused of money laundering, contact the skilled South Bend criminal defense attorneys at the Wruble Law Group. Our dedicated team of legal professionals have represented numerous clients through a wide variety of white collar crime cases, including money laundering charges, and have earned a lengthy record of success. With more than 40 years of combined experience, the Wruble Law Group has the resources and insight you want in your corner.

Call our team at Wruble Law Group online today to start exploring your defense options.

Possible Money Laundering Penalties

Money laundering is considered a Class D felony, however increased values and intentions in performing the crime can augment the charges, and thus increase possible penalties. For example, if you receive compensation for selling stolen goods and then transfer the funds to a group whose intent is to commit a terrorist act, your charges would be elevated to a Class C felony.

Class D felony penalties for money laundering can include:

  • Prison sentence between three months and six years
  • Fines of up to $10,000
  • Permanent criminal record

As with any other crime, repeat offenders may face elevated charges, or will likely receive penalties closer to their maximum. The presence of any aggravating or mitigating factors may also influence the charges and the ensuing penalties.

If you are facing money laundering charges, don’t hesitate to contact the Wruble Law Group to request a free, confidential initial case evaluation.