Criminal investigations into fraud and financial crime – sometimes called “white collar crime” – are typically long and complex. Sometimes charges come after months or even years of police monitoring. A proper defence, in cases like these, is just as complex as the investigation itself. There may be hundreds or even thousands of pages of evidence to comb through. And somewhere in those pages may be the hidden gem that turns the course of the trial.
I defend clients accused of so-called white collar crime like I do any others – with full commitment. My background in business law, which I teach at the University of Toronto, makes me unusually well-suited to understand the complex transactions and regulatory schemes involved. The unique thing about this sort of crime is that sometimes it doesn’t only come down to what happened and what can be proved. Sometimes it may come down to what was allowable in the first place, which is far less obvious than in other cases.
A conviction for fraud or a related offence can derail your career and your financial standing as well as damage your life in other ways. It isn’t only a question of the criminal record, or the risk of jail time. A criminal conviction may be just the first step in civil proceedings, and it may prevent you from ever working again in your profession. It goes without saying that you need to fight these charges, and you want to retain a professional to fight them with you.