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Lexington White Collar Crime Lawyer

The Lexington criminal defense lawyers of the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC represent individuals facing allegations of fraud, embezzlement, or any other state or federal white collar crime. Offenses are classified as white collar crimes typically when they are non-violent and involve a professional or executive level defendant. Frequently those charged with white collar crimes have been very successful in their chosen careers and have no prior contact with the criminal justice system.

Typical Examples of White Collar Crimes

  • Bankruptcy fraud
  • Blackmail
  • Breach of trust
  • Computer hacking
  • Counterfeiting
  • Embezzlement
  • Environmental crimes
  • Forgery
  • Fraud
  • Insurance fraud
  • Money laundering
  • Postal crimes
  • Real estate violations
  • Securities law violations
  • Smuggling
  • Tax evasion
  • Certain weapons violations

Many times, white collar crimes are investigated by federal law enforcement agencies such as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), or Postal Inspectors, either alone or in conjunction with local authorities and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED). Frequently, by the time you learn you are under investigation for a white collar crime, law enforcement has already spent months obtaining evidence, employing forensic accountants, and preparing their case against you.

With today's political and economic climate, white collar offenses are often prosecuted just as vigorously as other major felonies or violent street crimes. If you have discovered that you or a loved one is under investigation for a white collar crime, you owe it to yourself to immediately obtain the services of an experienced criminal defense lawyer. It is imperative that you consult with a Lexington criminal defense attorney prior to agreeing to cooperate in any sort of deposition or proffer agreement or make any statements or admissions to law enforcement.

Blackmail Defense Services

Blackmail occurs more often than you might think. And you don't have to be a millionaire or a celebrity in order to find yourself the target of one of those schemes. One of the services that we offer is to advise and, if necessary, provide legal representation to those who believe that they are the target of blackmail or extortion.

The reason why these schemes can be successful is that people may be reluctant to go to the police for help. As a law office, when we are approached by a client with these sorts of concerns the consultation and the information we learn about the case remains confidential and privilege.

So what should you do if you are contacted by someone who threatens you with a blackmail attempt?

  • Do not provide any more identifying information. Do not confirm your identify, contact information, or any personal or business information.
  • Do not admit or acknowledge any wrongdoing, or any secrets. Phone calls with the blackmailer may be recorded.
  • If you talk to the blackmailer, try to remember any details. Did they sound old or young? Have an accent? What type of background noise did you hear?
  • Keep track of the dates and times of all calls, and keep copies of any e-mails or text messages.

The next step is to contact our office for a strictly confidential and private consultation. We will review your entire situation to determine the appropriate action. The exact action to be taken will depend on the type of threat made against you, as well as the location and level of sophistication of the blackmailer.

We also offer services to those who are being investigated for, or who have been arrested for the crime of blackmail or extortion in South Carolina. Pursuant to S.C. Code § 16-17-640 blackmail is a felony punishable by up to ten years in the South Carolina Department of Corrections. This is a very serious crime, and an arrest can result in lifetime consequences for the accused.

Proven Defense Attorneys Serving Lexington, Columbia and Beyond

Need an experienced white collar crime lawyer in Lexington, South Carolina? In addition to admission to practice in all South Carolina state courts, James Snell is admitted in the Federal District Court of South Carolina, the United States Tax Court, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

If you are under investigation for a white collar crime, or have charges pending, you are eligible for a confidential consultation with Mr. Snell. There is no charge or obligation for your first meeting.

Former Client Experiences

  • “Thank you so much for handling my case for me. Since the first moment I talked with you I felt a sense of relief. I knew I had found a true professional, how relieved I was every step of the way. I will never forget your help.”

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  • “You are down to earth, easily approachable, and simply a refuge in an awful time of hardship. You have integrity, humility, and a wonderful way with those of us who have made mistakes.”

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  • “Thanks to you and your staff, a heavy burden has been lifted off my shoulders, and I can't thank you enough.”

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  • “When we went to court, it went just like he said that it would, and now I do not have a CDV on my record.”

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