If you’re under investigation for a white collar crime, or if you’ve already been arrested and charged for your involvement in a financial crime, an attorney at our office can provide you with the experienced defense representation you need throughout the criminal process. 

White collar crime cases are very complex, so it’s important to work with a defense lawyer who has extensive experience handling cases of this nature.

At Hager & Schwartz, P.A., our Daytona Beach white collar crime attorneys have many years of experience under our belts and are more than capable of defending clients against even the most serious financial crime charges.

Call our Daytona Beach white collar crime lawyers at (386) 693-1637.


We defend clients against all types of financial crime charges, including:

  • Bribery
  • Fraud
  • Forgery
  • Embezzlement
  • Extortion
  • Insider trading
  • Tax crimes
  • Money laundering
  • Counterfeiting
  • Pyramid schemes
  • Racketeering
  • Identity theft


As former prosecutors, our Daytona Beach financial crime attorneys are very familiar with how these types of cases will be handled by the prosecution and can prepare a strong and compelling defense case accordingly. We work hard to make sure our clients’ charges do not escalate into a conviction, as the penalties for these offenses are severe.

Because the majority of white collar crimes are considered felony offenses, the penalties typically involve:

  • No less than 5 years in prison
  • No less than $5,000 in fines
  • Probation/parole
  • Community service
  • Restitution
  • A mark on your permanent record

What will perhaps be even more damaging is the toll a white collar crimes conviction will take on your reputation. You could lose your job, have difficulty finding a new job, and have problems taking advantage of other opportunities in the future. Furthermore, you may experience a sense of ostracism or discrimination from your friends, neighbors, and loved ones as well.


If you’re being investigated or have been charged with a white collar crime, you know the stakes are high. Financial crimes carry serious criminal penalties that can impact the rest of your life.

These crimes, although non-violent in nature, are investigated thoroughly and punished severely. Those convicted of white collar crimes face hefty fines, lengthy federal prison sentences, forfeiture of assets, restitution, and more. 

Often, investigations into white collar crimes take years to button up. Part of the reason for this is to give you as little wiggle room as possible for an effective defense. For this reason, it’s imperative to hire a skilled white collar criminal defense attorney with experience in litigating state and federal cases.

Should you be indicted and proceed to trial, our Daytona Beach financial crime lawyers at Hager & Schwartz, P.A. are prepared to defend you. Because we are your strongest legal advocates, we make every effort to employ exhaustive fact-finding and solicit expert interviews to bolster your defense.

Possible defenses to white collar criminal charges include:

  • Entrapment: If you committed a crime under duress, for example, it can help bolster the defense that someone else forced you to commit a crime. This is one of the more common defense strategies.
  • Lack of intent: In some instances, you can show you had no intent to defraud anyone, say, if you accidentally committed a tax crime, yet had no intention to reap a profit.
  • Incapacity: White collar crimes are often perpetrated by highly intelligent business people who have the mental capacity to understand the nature of their alleged crimes. Those who are incapacitated to some extent often cannot do so.
  • Insanity: To be “insane” in the legal sense is not the same as being simply “crazy.” It means the defendant could not distinguish right from wrong because of a mental defect. This can be extraordinarily hard to prove if explicit intent is shown over a long period of time.

Some defendants find that the evidence stacked against them is too overwhelming to take their chances at trial. In these instances, it may be in your best interest to plead guilty, and you may be able to secure a reduced sentence by doing so. 

Even if you decide that a plea deal is your most worthwhile option and decide to forego a trial, our lawyers have experience negotiating favorable terms with our extensive familiarity with the U.S. Federal Sentencing Guidelines, and other factors that affect sentencing. 

Depending on many factors, including the nature of the offense and amount of money involved, sentences can vary widely. This is why you need a strong advocate on your side.


When accused of a white collar crime, it’s best to find an experienced Daytona Beach white collar crime attorney who can help you confront your charges head-on. At Hager & Schwartz, P.A. you can trust us to provide you with the dedicated representation and aggressive defense you need at all stages of your case to maximize your chances of securing a favorable outcome and avoiding a conviction.

To learn more about our defense services in Volusia County, contact a Daytona Beach white collar crime lawyer at our office today. Call us at (386) 693-1637 or contact us online.

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