"White collar" crimes are nonviolent crimes carried out by people in professional positions of trust. In other words, white collar crimes don't involve directly stealing something, holding someone up at gunpoint or attacking another individual. Instead, they involve some kind of subterfuge, deception or conspiracy carried out by one or more people who stand to gain financially.
Consumers tend to trust large corporations to follow the law and be honest in their business dealings. Perhaps this is because consumers know that if a corporation is dishonest, it will face stiff legal consequences.
When people think about divorces, most don't think they'll end up at a trial. For the most part, it's possible to avoid going to trial if both parties agree to their settlement arrangements and child custody issues. However, in contentious divorces, it's less likely that a couple can come to a fair agreement. In that case, both people will likely need to go to court for a divorce trial.
Since Colorado became the first state to legalize adult retail marijuana sales and recreational marijuana use, many other states have followed suit. Many people, both visitors and residents alike, may fall victim to incorrect assumptions about state and municipal marijuana laws. This is especially true when it comes to growing marijuana.
Rackets are businesses or organizations that engage in illegal activities like sex trafficking, drug trafficking, prostitution, illegal weapons sales and counterfeiting. These criminal organizations -- which are sometimes referred to as "mobs," "the mafia" or "organized crime groups" -- seek to make large profits quickly via criminal activities.
A RICO violation or racketeering offense relates to involvement in an organized group engaged in criminal behavior.
Dealing with an ex on child custody matters isn't always going to be fun or easy. For people who are co-parenting, the situation is often even more challenging because these parents must work closely together for the sake of the children.
In the business world, allegations of fraud can arise any number of ways. Whether or not there is any basis to allege fraud, this can ruin the business relationships and reputation of a person accused of fraud, completely dismantling a business or career.
As mentioned in the previous articles, embezzlement is one of the most common types of white collar crime. Embezzlement could be as simple as a cashier shortchanging customers here and there in the hope that no one catches on.
When embezzlement occurs, an employee -- or individual in a position of trust -- steals property or money from the party that was trusting him or her. As embezzlement involves theft, it is considered to be a form of larceny.