White Collar Crimes

“White Collar Crimes” is a misnomer, in Michael Pham’s opinion. These types of crimes are often charged against people of all backgrounds and means. However, they do have one thing in common, they are almost always financial in nature. They are highly specialized to the point that many prosecution offices devote an entire wing of their office to dealing with these crimes. They often require intricate accounting, both from the prosecution and defense standpoints. Fortunately, Mr. Pham has experience in dealing with financial crimes and has often employed well renowned experts to defend his clients from these types of allegations. In many of these cases, those experts and Mr. Pham were able to demonstrate that the “crime” was no more than an accounting error or omission. In each of the white collar crimes, intent is required. Thus, the prosecution cannot secure a conviction unless they prove that the accused actually intended to commit the crime.


White collar crimes can take many forms. Some, but certainly not all, examples are:

  • Embezzlement
  • Fraud
  • Unauthorized use of business assets
  • Computer crimes and computer hacking
  • Business fraud
  • Insurance fraud
  • Credit card fraud
  • Counterfeiting / forgery
  • Theft / theft by check


In many of these cases, there are both state and federal statutes at play and often the F.B.I is involved in these cases where those charged have access to money and financial records.


It is of particular importance when the accused is facing both state and federal charges that he or she hire an experienced criminal defense attorney who has worked in both systems. That is, the timing of the cases is critical. For complicated legal reasons, if there is a plea bargain in one or both of the cases, generally the federal case must be addressed first.


Convictions for most white collar crimes can severely damage your reputation, as well as robbing you of your freedom. Most involve “crimes of moral turpitude,” that potential employers deem particularly damaging in the application process. Convictions of many white collar crimes can result in prison terms of up to 10 years, huge fines and are usually responsible for restitution to their victims. For that reason, it is vital to be represented for an aggressive criminal defense attorney with experience in white collar defense. That is, when someone is responsible for a large restitution amount, the process can be a lengthy one supervised by the court or a probation officer. Mr. Pham stands by his clients in every step of the often tedious process.


Because white collar crime allegations are so complicated, often involving accounting and intricate proof, Mr. Pham’s representation can often make the difference between freedom and carrying a criminal record with the “moral turpitude” designation, which can close many doors, the prospect of a new job, apartments or loan. If you or a loved one is charged with burglary, and want an experienced and aggressive criminal defense lawyer, contact Houston burglary attorney Michael H. Pham at (713) 236-7791.