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[H2] White Collar Crime Charges in Nevada County
A white-collar crime is a non-violent crime committed by individuals in professional settings, typically involving deceit, concealment, or violation of trust to obtain financial or personal gain. These crimes are often complex and challenging to investigate due to their intricate nature.


Under California Penal Code Section 503 PC, embezzlement is the theft of money or property entrusted to your care. For example, if an accountant at a company writes fake checks to themselves, they may be charged with embezzlement.


Fraud is intentional deception to secure unlawful gain or to deprive a victim of a legal right (such as ownership of money or property). Even if it doesn’t cause financial loss, it can still be an element of other legal wrongs. There are many types of fraud in California laws, each with its own Penal Code Section.

Money Laundering

Under California Penal Code Section 186.10 PC, money laundering is the process of disguising the origins of illegally obtained money so that it appears to have come from a legitimate source.


Bribery involves offering, accepting, or soliciting anything of value to influence another person’s actions in an improper or illegal way. This may include money, goods, services, favors, or information.

Identity Theft

Under California Penal Code Section 530.5 PC, identity theft involves using someone else’s personal identifying information without their consent and for any unlawful purpose. Personal identifying information may include a name, address, phone number, social security number, passwords, and more.

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Penalties for White Collar Crimes in Nevada County

Many white-collar crimes are wobblers, which means they may be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. In most circumstances, the determining factor about how they are charged is the amount of money involved, the severity of the offense, or the criminal history of the alleged offender.

Some examples of penalties for white-collar crimes in Nevada County include:

  • Embezzlement: (less than $950) misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail; (more than $950) felony punishable by up to three years in prison
  • Fraud: wobbler offenses that can result in incarceration and fines
  • Money laundering: wobbler offense with penalties that vary widely
  • Bribery: felony punishable by up to four years in prison
  • Identity theft: wobbler resulting in incarceration and fines

Why Hire a Nevada County White Collar Crimes Lawyer?

White-collar crime charges are often more complex than many other criminal charges. They involve a lot of complicated evidence, and experts are often required to testify. White-collar crimes may involve large sums of money, which can make prosecutors and alleged victims seek harsh punishments.

Nevada County white collar crime lawyer Chris Walsh has helped professionals resolve cases like yours. He understands state and federal laws that apply to white-collar crime cases and will fight to get your case dismissed or charges reduced.

The federal white collar crime lawyers at Walsh Law will communicate with you honestly about your case. We will build a strong defense strategy and help you maintain your reputation at home and work.

Defending Against White Collar Crime Charges

Your white-collar crime lawyer in Nevada County will use their knowledge to develop a unique defense strategy that caters to the facts of your case. Walsh Law uses carefully created defenses to get the best outcome possible for every client.

We may use one of more of the following defenses:

  • Lack of Intent: The prosecution must show that you intended to commit a crime. We will work to show that you did not intend to act deceitfully or fraudulently to avoid conviction.
  • Mistaken Belief of Legality: You may argue that you genuinely believed your actions were legal, relying on professional advice, industry practices, or your own interpretation of the law. This would negate your intent to commit a crime. /li>
  • Procedural Defenses: We may focus on technical errors by law enforcement or prosecutors, such as violations of Miranda rights, improper search and seizure, or statute of limitations issues. /li>

Are white collar crimes felonies?

Some white collar crimes can be felonies. Many of them are considered wobblers, which means they may be charged as either misdemeanors or felonies. Those that are felonies often involve large sums of money or other aggravating circumstances.

What happens in a white collar crime investigation?

Like any criminal investigation, a white-collar crimes investigation will seek to determine what happened and whether we can prove your innocence. We will interview witnesses, review available video footage, and consult with experts in the field. Walsh Law will dig into the facts of your case to prove you are not guilty.

What evidence is used in white collar crime cases?

While the specific evidence used in white-collar crime cases varies depending on the specific type of crime, there are some common types, including financial records, communication records, business records, government documents, computer hard drives, logs of website activity and online transactions, metadata, social media activity, witness testimony, physical evidence, expert testimony, and more.

Call Walsh Law About White Collar Crime Charges in Nevada County

If you’ve been accused or investigated for a white-collar crime, you are facing serious criminal penalties that will forever change your life. Nevada County white collar crime lawyer Chris Walsh knows how to fight the prosecutor in these cases because he used to be one. Now, he uses his understanding of the law and legal process to protect the accused.

Contact Walsh Law today at (530) 499-0645 to schedule a confidential and free initial consultation where you can speak directly with a Nevada County white collar crime attorney.

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