Not all criminal charges include acts of violence. In fact, white collar crime situations are generally defined as incidents that are non-violent. A recent article discussed various aspects of this type of crime, including what might drive a person in Florida or elsewhere to commit such acts.
An associate professor at one of the nation’s most prestigious universities reportedly interviewed several people convicted of white collar crimes in some very high-profile incidents. He was curious to learn what their thought processes may have been when choosing to commit the acts for which they were convicted. In a recent interview, the instructor stated he believes many people who would not otherwise break the law may do so in circumstances involving white collar offenses because they typically do not see or know their potential victims.
The professor concluded that someone who would never walk up to another person and steal money out of his or her pocketbook may not be so conscience-oriented in other situations. That same person may have no trouble taking money out of a retirement account, stocks or other similar holdings. While motives for such acts may vary, the professor believes there may indeed be similarities in the decision-making processes of many persons convicted of such crimes.
Another thing those charged with white collar crime in Florida and other states may have in common is the potential damage such incidents can do to personal and professional reputations. To minimize possible negative impacts of such situations, many facing charges in the past have relied on experienced and aggressive defense assistance. Preserving a client’s good name is typically of paramount importance in an attorney/client relationship.
Source: fortune.com, “A Harvard Professor Studied Infamous White-Collar Criminals. Here’s What He Learned.“, Roger Parloff, Oct. 11, 2016