White Collar Crimes Lawyers in Layton, Utah

White Collar Crimes

Defending Your Innocence in a White Collar Crimes Case

As criminal defense lawyers it is our job to defend you and your case. If you are have been charged with a violent crime in Utah, or you are currently under investigation for a violent crime, contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Layton, Utah today. It is crucial you do not wait. You are innocent until proven guilty. We will treat you and your case accordingly. The police reports do not always tell the whole story. You are innocent until they prove otherwise.

You might not have broken any laws or committed any crimes– even if you have been charged or accused of doing so. In some cases there is not sufficient evidence to convict you of a crime. It is our job to make them prove their case. Our Layton criminal defense lawyers understand what it takes to defend your innocence. Our law firm has been successful in defending clients facing criminal charges for more than 25 years, including winning acquittals in murder, rape and kidnapping criminal cases in Utah.

Defending White Collar Crime Cases in Utah

White collar crimes are non-violent crimes that typically occur in a business or an organization, or in a corporate or political setting, usually by high-ranking professionals, such as executives, managers, board members, etc.  White collar crimes are serious crimes typically committed for financial gains. Penalties for convictions in these types of cases can be federal offenses and carry harsh punishments; including mandatory registering with the Utah White Collar Crime Offender Registry

Learn more about the Utah White Collar Crime Offender Registry.

Our Utah criminal defense lawyers will help protect you and your interests in a white collar crime case. In many cases, business professionals can be falsely accused or falsely implicated in a high profile white collar crime. Being convicted of a white collar crime has serious implications beyond fines, jail and/or prison time, it can have serious repercussions on a professional’s career and personal life. Due to the seriousness of the crime and possible consequences, if you have been accused of committing a white collar crime in Utah, it is important that you speak with an experienced white collar crime attorney in Layton, Utah.

White Collar Crimes- Understanding the Utah Laws

You can learn more about white collar crimes in Utah by visiting le.utah.gov

White collar crimes in Utah typically are crimes of theft committed by professional in order to obtain large amounts of money or property. In Utah there are a variety of crimes that fall under “white collar.” Some of the crimes that would be considered a white collar crime in Utah include, but are not limited to:

  • Bank fraud
  • Bribery
  • Check fraud
  • Communications fraud
  • Computer/Internet crimes
  • Corruption
  • Counterfeiting
  • Credit card fraud
  • Deceptive business practices
  • Embezzlement
  • Extortion (theft by extortion and extortion to dismiss criminal proceeding)
  • Forgery
  • Fraud crimes
  • Identity theft
  • Insider trading
  • Insurance fraud
  • Investment fraud/Securities fraud
  • Mail and wire fraud
  • Medicare/Medicaid fraud (Welfare fraud)
  • Money Laundering
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Obstruction
  • Racketeering
  • Securities Fraud
  • Tax Crimes (Tax fraud and tax evasion)
  • Theft by deception
  • Violation of Utah Anti-trust laws


Utah Criminal Code § 76-8-103

A person is guilty of bribery or offering a bribe if that person promises, offers, or agrees to give or gives, directly or indirectly, any benefit to another with the purpose or intent to influence an action, decision, opinion, recommendation, judgment, vote, nomination, or exercise of discretion of a public servant, party official, or voter.

Penalties for bribery in the state of Utah

  • Third degree felony when the value of benefit is less than $1000
  • Second degree felony when value of benefit is $1,000 or more

Theft by extortion

Utah Criminal Code §76-6-406

A person is guilty of theft if he obtains or exercises control over the property of another by extortion and with a purpose to deprive him thereof.

Extortion occurs when the person threatens to:

  • Cause physical harm in the future to the person threatened or to any other person or to property at any time
  • Subject the person threatened or any other person to physical confinement or restraint
  • Engage in other conduct constituting a crime
  • Accuse any person of a crime or expose him to hatred, contempt, or ridicule
  • Reveal any information sought to be concealed by the person threatened
  • Testify or provide information or withhold testimony or information with respect to another’s legal claim or defense
  • Take action as an official against anyone or anything, or withhold official action, or cause such action or withholding
  • Bring about or continue a strike, boycott, or other similar collective action to obtain property which is not demanded or received for the benefit of the group which the actor purports to represent
  • Do any other act which would not in itself substantially benefit him but which would harm substantially any other person with respect to that person’s health, safety, business, calling, career, financial condition, reputation, or personal relationships

Extortion to dismiss criminal proceeding

Utah Code § 76-8- 509

A person is guilty of a felony of the second degree if by the use of force or by any threat which would constitute a means of committing the crime of theft by extortion under this code, if the threat were employed to obtain property, or by promise of any reward or pecuniary benefits, he attempts to induce an alleged victim of a crime to secure the dismissal of or to prevent the filing of a criminal complaint, indictment, or information.


Utah Code § 76-6- 501

A person is guilty of forgery if, with the intention of defrauding another individual, or with knowledge that the person is facilitating a fraud to be perpetrated by anyone, the person:

  • alters any writing of another without his authority or utters the altered writing; or
  • makes, completes, executes, authenticates, issues, transfers, publishes, or utters any writing so that the writing or the making, completion, execution, authentication, issuance, transference, publication, or utterance:
    • purports to be the act of another, whether the person is existent or nonexistent;
    • purports to be an act on behalf of another party with the authority of that other party; or
    • purports to have been executed at a time or place or in a numbered sequence other than was in fact the case, or to be a copy of an original when an original did not exist.

Penalties for committing a forgery crime in the state of Utah

  • Forgery is a third degree felony
  • Producing or transferring any false identification documents is second degree felony

Identity theft or identity fraud

Utah Criminal Code §76-6-1102

In the state of Utah it is unlawful for a person to knowingly or intentionally use, or attempt to use, personal identifying information of another person, whether that person is living or deceased, with the intent to defraud to obtain or attempt to obtain credit, goods, services, employment, any other thing of value, or medical information.

Personal identifying information includes:

  • Name
  • Birth date
  • Address
  • Telephone number
  • Drivers license number
  • Social Security number
  • Place of employment
  • Employee identification numbers
  • Mother’s maiden name
  • Electronic identification numbers;
  • Electronic signatures
  • Other numbers or information that can be used to access a person’s financial resources or medical information
  • Photograph or any other realistic likeness

Penalties for identity fraud in the state of Utah

  • Third degree felony if value is less than $5000
  • Second degree felony
    • if value exceeds $5000
    • if bodily injury occurs to another person

Issuing bad checks or Check fraud

Utah Criminal Code §76-6-505

In the state of Utah, you are guilty of issuing a bad check if a check is passed or drafted in an attempt to obtain from another individual or entity anything of value, such as property or services, while knowing that the payment will be refused. According to the law, you have 14 days to make good on the payment.

The penalties for issuing a bad check in Utah are:

  • Less than $500= Class B misdemeanor
  • $500-$1500= Class A Misdemeanor
  • $1500-$5000= 3rd Degree Felony
  • $5000 or more= 2nd Degree Felony

Money laundering

Utah Criminal Code §76-10-1903

A person commits the offense of money laundering who:

  • Transports, receives, or acquires the property which is in fact proceeds of the specified unlawful activity, knowing that the property involved represents the proceeds of some form of unlawful activity
  • Makes proceeds of unlawful activity available to another by transaction, transportation, or other means, knowing that the proceeds are intended to be used for the purpose of continuing or furthering the commission of specified unlawful activity
  • Conducts a transaction knowing the property involved in the transaction represents the proceeds of some form of unlawful activity with the intent:
    • to promote the unlawful activity;
    • to conceal or disguise the nature, location, source, ownership, or control of the property; or
    • to avoid a transaction reporting requirement under this chapter or under federal law;
  • Knowingly accepts or receives property which is represented to be proceeds of unlawful activity.

Deceptive business practices

Utah Criminal Code §76-5-507

A person is guilty of deceptive business practices if in the course of business he or she:

  • Uses or possesses for use a false weight or measure, or any other device for falsely determining or recording any quality or quantity
  • Takes or attempts to take more than the represented quantity of any commodity or service when as buyer he furnishes the weight or measure
  • Sells, offers, or exposes for sale adulterated or mislabeled commodities

You can learn more about white collar crimes in Utah by visiting le.utah.gov

White Collar Crimes- Consequences of a Guilty Verdict

White collar crime convictions vary from misdemeanors to felonies with federal charges. The punishments can range from fines and probation to a serious prison sentence. Penalties and convictions vary depending on the type of crime, seriousness of the crime, and amount of money involved in the crime. White collar crimes typically involve large amounts of money, so the penalties are very harsh. You need to meet with an experienced Utah criminal defense attorney if you have been accused of committing a white collar crime in Utah.

Penalties for White Collar Crime in Utah

You can read more about penalties for white collar crimes in Utah by visiting utcourts.com

  • Class B Misdemeanors
    • Up to 6 months in prison
    • Maximum$1,000 fine
  • Class A Misdemeanors
    • Up to 6 months in prison
    • Maximum $2,500 fine
  • Third Degree Felonies
    • Up to five years in prison,
    • Up to $5,000 in fines;
  • Second Degree Felonies
    • Up to 15 years in prison,
    • Up to $10,000 in fines
  • First Degree Felonies
    • Five years to life in prison
    • Maximum fine of $10,000.

Utah White Collar Crime Offender Registry

Utah Criminal Code §77-42-105

Registerable Offenses:

A person shall be required to register with the Office of the Attorney General for a conviction of any of the following offenses as a second degree felony:


Criminal Defense Lawyer in Layton, Utah

If you are facing a white collar crime conviction, such as fraud, extortion, money laundering or embezzlement, the consequences could include serious jail and/or prison time and thousands of dollars in fines. Contact our Layton criminal defense lawyers and get the help and legal defense you need. As your criminal defense lawyers, we will provide you with an aggressive defense to get you the best possible outcome for your specific case. Our criminal defense team is based in Layton, Utah and represents clients in Davis County, Weber County, and Salt Lake County and throughout the state of Utah.

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