The advent of the Internet has made certain crimes possible where before they were not, or much easier to commit than they once were. Unfortunately, the law is slow to catch up, and some law enforcement agencies are still not sure how to handle Internet-based white-collar crimes. Internet crimes that are considered white-collar include many nonviolent financial crimes, such as:
- Identity theft
- Work-from-home or other business opportunity schemes
- Auction or eBay fraud
- Credit card theft or false credit cards
- Securities fraud or investment fraud
- Bank fraud
- Ponzi schemes and pyramid schemes
Federal Internet Crimes Defense Lawyer
Because commerce on the Internet almost always crosses state lines, Internet fraud is usually charged as a federal Internet fraud crime -- even if you never left Alabama. These are very serious crimes that carry up to 20 years in prison for a first offense. In addition, in many cases, authorities may also seize property they believe was used in or purchased with proceeds from the alleged fraud. However, you may be charged with identity theft or other types of theft by fraud under Alabama state law.
Frequently, Internet fraud charges are the result of a long-term investigation by law enforcement officers. You may be called in for questioning by people who are deliberately vague about what they're investigating. Because they know white-collar professionals have a lot to lose, they may try to use their power to pressure you into cooperating. Even if they say you aren't the target, you should politely decline to speak with them until Alabama Internet fraud lawyer Steven Eversole is by your side. Anything you say to law enforcement can be used against you later, so it's crucial to protect your rights now. Steven Eversole can help you understand what charges and consequences you're facing; decide what to do about them; and eliminate or minimize the negative consequences of being swept up in an Internet fraud criminal case.
White-Collar Criminal Defense
If you've been charged with an Internet fraud crime, chances are that law enforcement has spent months investigating and building a case against you. They may have also "bundled" the Internet fraud charges with related charges like mail fraud, wire fraud or money laundering. That may sound intimidating, but it can be an advantage if law enforcement was sloppy with its investigation. Steven Eversole will aggressively challenge unauthorized wiretaps; illegal searches or seizure of your property; false charges that stem from a lack of understanding of computers; or weak, circumstantial evidence that you were involved in any fraud. Remember, the prosecution must prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt in order to win at trial. Steven Eversole can make them work for it.
Even if you believe you must plead guilty, Steven Eversole can help. Because Internet white-collar crimes are nonviolent crimes, and often first offenses, the chances are good that he can negotiate to get you a lighter alternative sentence, such as county jail or time served; parole or supervised release; home detention; electronic monitoring; or work release.
Free Alabama Internet Fraud Case Evaluations
If you've been charged with a federal or Alabama state Internet fraud crime -- or believe you're under investigation -- don't say a word to law enforcement until you speak with Steven Eversole. At the Eversole Law Offices, we believe that everyone, no matter what the charges against them, is entitled to an aggressive and thorough defense. We defend clients in Birmingham and throughout Alabama who have been charged with Internet fraud and other serious crimes. And because we offer free consultations, there's never a risk in discussing your case and your legal options with Steven Eversole.
If you or someone you care about has been charged with a white-collar Internet crime, call Steven Eversole today at 1-866-831-5292, or (205) 994-0616 in Birmingham, for a free evaluation of your case.