DeLand White-Collar Crime Defense Attorney
White-collar crimes mostly involve illegal financial transactions. These crimes are non-violent, and they do not involve physical force. They generally entail some form of fraud, and the victim can be an individual or an entire organization. Sometimes, there is no direct victim.
A white-collar crime accusation can be terrifying. Most often, the alleged offender has no prior criminal history, and they live an upper-middle-class life. The thought of facing prison can be overwhelming for someone who has spent most of their life safe and comfortable.
At Buckmaster & Ellzey, we believe that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Our attorneys have over 35 years of professional, legal experience, and we want to use that skill to help you. We have a former prosecutor on our team, and we know the tricks your accusers can use to make you look guilty.
If you need help with a white-collar criminal defense in DeLand, trust Buckmaster & Ellzey to fight for you. For help, reach out to us online today.
Money Laundering Defense
Money acquired through illegal means is, itself, illegal. Spending this money can result in charges beyond the original crime. For this reason, career criminals find ways to launder their ill-gotten gains, making make the money appear to come from a legitimate source. They “clean” the money.
Money Laundering is a complicated process. Sometimes, the cash is routed through a legitimate, legal business. It is reported as profits, making it appear clean. In other instances, a financial professional creates a complex transactional trail. By routing the money through several different accounts, the money’s origins become difficult to trace.
If you’ve been accused of money laundering, you face severe penalties in Florida. Moreover, you could be charged as a coconspirator of the original crime, regardless of your involvement with the criminal enterprise.
When you work in the financial field, you can’t always be certain of your client’s credibility. You could be fooled into thinking they are legitimate businessmen. Simply working for a criminal and handling their money is not the same as laundering.
Our team may be able to prove your lack of connection to career criminals. We may also be able to untangle any complex transactions you made, revealing that no crime was committed. If you are facing money laundering charges, our office can help defend your innocence in court.
Embezzlement is a form of theft, legally called larceny. It is not the theft of a stranger’s money. Rather, it is a misappropriation of funds. Someone entrusts a financial professional with their money, and that professional keeps it for themselves.
Embezzlement is often a complex crime, and it is hard for authorities to build proper a case. Often, they employ a financial forensics team to follow the complicated money trails, creating a narrative of fraud and theft.
Because this crime is so complex, money trails are easily misunderstood, and people are falsely accused of embezzlement. What looks like a crime may be far perfectly legal. Allow our team to help unravel the facts of your case, revealing that you did not commit this crime.
Similarly, even the best financial professionals can make a mistake. Perhaps they technically commit embezzlement without realizing it. Criminal allegations based on a technicality can be dismantled in court. We can help explain your situation, and we may be able to prove your lack of intent to commit financial fraud.
Our team can help fight against many white-collar crime accusations, such as:
- Ponzi Schemes
- Pyramid Schemes
- Advance Fee Fraud
- Commodities Fraud
- Market Manipulation
- Trading Program Fraud
- Promissory Note Fraud
- Prime Bank Investment Fraud
- And more!
For an excellent white-collar crime defense attorney in Volusia County and surrounding areas, trust our firm to help. For a free, no-risk consultation, call (888) 785-6548 or contact us online today.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: If I’ve Been Arrested, What Rights Do I Have?A: In our country, being arrested does not deprive you of the many rights you have as a citizen. When you were arrested, you should have been informed of your Miranda Rights. You may ask the police officer why you are being arrested and can refuse to answer questions regarding the charges. You have the right to an attorney and the right to a fair and speedy trial. Using a qualified and experienced Daytona Beach criminal defense attorney will work to your advantage in ensuring your rights are protected.
Why Should I Hire an Attorney to Represent Me?
In the case of Buckmaster & Ellzey, we have prosecuted thousands of cases as an Assistant State Attorney. On the side of criminal defense, we have defended hundreds of individuals, such as you, that have faced charges for criminal offenses. Having served on both sides gives us a unique opportunity to fight for our clients.
We understand how prosecutors operate, the types of evidence that they will bring forth and what arguments they are likely to pursue in a criminal case. This first-hand knowledge allows us to better prepare and successfully resolve cases.
What Are the Differences Between a Misdemeanor and a Felony?Generally, misdemeanors are considered minor offenses. The fines for them will be relatively small and any time spent in jail will be in terms of weeks or months, not years. A felony conviction can result in steep fines, probation, parole and prison sentences for years. They can remain on your permanent record and may adversely affect future educational and employment opportunities. With the assistance of an attorney who is willing to aggressively defend your rights, felony charges can sometimes be reduced to misdemeanors.
What Happens Now That I’ve Been Charged With an Offense?The first step will be what is known as an arraignment. A judge will tell you the charges against you and there are many decisions that will need to be made at this time, such as how you will plea to the charges, what bail will be set at and others. We understand that facing criminal charges can be tough and would like you to take advantage of our experience to help you successfully navigate through the criminal justice system.
What Is the Difference Between Contested and Uncontested Divorce?There are two types of divorce in Daytona Beach: contested and uncontested divorce. An uncontested divorce is typically preferred because they can usually be completed with far less hassle and in far less time. However, to go through the uncontested divorce process, the couple must reach an agreement on all significant divorce-related issues. These issues include: • Property division • Debt allocation • Alimony • Child support • Child custody • Visitation When there is disagreement over one or more of these issues, the couple will need to go through the contested divorce process. In such cases, the couple will either need to hire a divorce mediator to help them through the negotiation process or have the family court decide for them.
Client TestimonialsRead What Our Past Clients Had to Say
Well-Versed in the Legal Process and Protocols
“He is well-versed in the legal process and protocols. Fortunately, the criminal complaint made against me was frivolous and without merit. Even so, I was able to sleep much better knowing that Jeremy was in my corner.”
They Had My Back
“Not every case works in your favor but knowing you have the right attorney to fight on your behalf is vital. Thankfully having Buckmaster & Ellzey have my back was a success.”
Diligently and Highly Professionally
“Mr. Buckmaster was thorough in explaining legal jargon and procedures that were very alien to me. He was able to suggest my best courses of action and get my charges to a more manageable place so I could have a shot at a good future in society.”
Professional & Responsive
“They were knowledgeable, prompt, professional, and courteous. They took what could be a potentially confusing situation and guided me with stress-free assistance.”
Gets the Best Results
“Jeremy worked hard and smart to get only the best results. Another thing that stood out and was most appreciated was the excellent communication, by phone, email, regular mail, and in person. I always knew what was going on in a timely and efficient manner”
Why Hire B&E?
Here are Five Reasons
A Team of Compassionate Advocates on Your Side
Former State Prosecutor
40+ Years of Collective Experience