Goldwater, Dubé: Your White Collar Crime Lawyer in Montreal

Have you been charged with a white collar crime? Call Goldwater, Dubé today to schedule a consultation with our white collar crime lawyer in Montreal. We can assist you.

White Collar Crime Attorney

White-collar crimes are not a category of offences defined under the Criminal Code and other acts. They are non-violent crimes committed by employees in the business, government and finance sectors, such as fraud, forgery and corruption.

If you commit a white-collar crime, you may go through lengthy government investigations during which officials may try to get you to give a statement. If you’re going through an investigation, you should cooperate with the investigation but exercise your right to remain silent. Anything you say will be used as evidence against you during the trial.

Before speaking with a public officer, it’s crucial to consult a lawyer. At Goldwater Dubé, our defence lawyers handle different types of white-collar crimes and may be able to help you beat the charges.

What Are the Types of White Collar Crimes?

White-collar crimes could take several forms depending on the sector. Some of the most common forms of these offences include:

  • Breach of trust by public officials (S. 336): The use of trust property contrary to its specific purpose. The punishment for this offence is a term of up to fourteen years imprisonment.
  • Bribery (S. 120): When someone offers a bribe to a public officer and the latter accepts or intends to accept it in exchange for an illegal service, both commit the offence of bribery and may face up to fourteen years of prison.
  • Cybercrime (S. 184342): The use of computers to commit criminal offences. An indictment conviction for a cyber crime carries up to ten years imprisonment.
  • Fraud (S. 380): Intentionally depriving someone of their property through deception. The penalty for an indictment conviction is up to two years in prison if the property is below $5000. If the value of the property is above $5000, the punishment is up to fourteen years.
  • Criminal competition matters (S. 45): It involves conspiracies, agreements and arrangements between competitors. An indictment conviction for this offence carries up to fourteen years imprisonment and a fine of up to $25 million.
  • Foreign corrupt practices: Under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPO), anyone who offers a service or a benefit to a foreign official commits an indictable offence punishable by up to 14 years in prison.
  • Insider trading (S.130): Under the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA), selling a company’s securities using their confidential information is a summary offence punishable by the greater of one million dollars or three times the profit made, imprisonment of six months, or both.
  • Insurance fraud (S. 380): This offence involves submitting false information to an insurer to claim benefits. If the property’s value is above $5000, you may be sentenced to up to fourteen years.
  • Market manipulation (S.382): This offence involves the manipulation of a company’s public stock to artificially affect its price. Market manipulation can lead to a summary or indictable conviction.
  • Misappropriation of corporate funds (S.332.1): It is the fraudulent use of company assets for personal gain. Penalties may include restitution, fine, and imprisonment, depending on the case specifics.
  • Money laundering (S. 462.32): Concealing money or assets obtained through illegal means is an indictable offence with up to ten years imprisonment. Less serious offences are punishable on a summary conviction.
  • Tax evasion (S. 239): Falsifying your tax records, failing to report income, inflating expenses, or fraudulently claiming a tax refund is considered tax evasion under the Income Tax Act. The penalty for tax evasion includes a fine of at least 50% and up to 200% of the tax evaded, the full amount of the tax owed, and up to two years of prison.

If an investigations team contacts you, you should take proper action immediately. A white-collar crime lawyer is better suited to deal with public officials in this situation.

What Are the Consequences for Committing a White-Collar Crime?

The consequences of a conviction for a white-collar crime can be devastating. You may face penalties involving heavy fines and lengthy prison sentences. Other penalties can include travel restrictions and fingerprinting.

If the judge grants restitution, they may liquidate your real or personal property to compensate the victims, which may impact your and your family’s financial security. Your financial situation may be further impacted by having a criminal record, as it may be challenging to find another job after a white-collar conviction.

White-collar crimes can also have civil repercussions. After a criminal conviction, you may face civil lawsuits from victims of the crime, leading to more fines and financial liabilities.

If you have a business, a criminal conviction for fraud or theft may affect your reputation. If you are suspected or accused of a white-collar crime, consider obtaining qualified legal counsel immediately.

    How Can a White Collar Crime Lawyer From Goldwater Dubé Help?

    Lawyers at Goldwater Dubé have been handling white-collar cases for decades. We provide clients with the following legal services:

    • Advising on matters involving financial and regulatory risks
    • Conducting internal investigations
    • Responding to regulatory inquiries and government actions
    • Analyzing financial documents for possible suspicious activity
    • Providing criminal defence and legal representation

    Consult a White Collar Crime Lawyer From Goldwater Dubé

    When charged with a white-collar crime, you need the skills of an experienced and knowledgeable white-collar crime lawyer from Goldwater Dubé.

    We have extensive experience defending clients against fraud, money laundering, tax evasion, and other criminal and quasi-criminal matters. We are ready to take on your case, no matter how complex it may be.

    Contact our law office today if you are facing accusations of a white-collar crime.


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