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  • Fort Lauderdale Office

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    101 N.E. Third Avenue
    Ground Suite 110
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

Assertive Florida Criminal Defense Attorney Fights Your White Collar Crime Charges

Tenacious lawyer represents clients in the Fort Lauderdale AREA charged with financial crimes

While white collar crimes are considered nonviolent, they are nonetheless serious offenses, carrying penalties that may include considerable prison time. If you have been arrested for tax fraud, money laundering, embezzlement or any other white collar crime, it's important to realize your future is on the line. Even acquittals can have a devastating impact on your finances, your business and reputation. At Richard A. Merlino Criminal Defense Law, I represent clients in the Fort Lauderdale area and throughout Florida facing allegations involving financial fraud. I understand the seriousness of the charge you face and will fight to provide a defense that protects your rights and good name.

Florida advocate challenges a range of financial crime charges

"White collar crime" is an umbrella term used for crimes involving deception committed solely for financial gain, so defendants are often people in business or government charged with misusing funds entrusted to them. While some of these crimes can be charged at the state level, most are federal crimes, prosecuted in a federal court system that has powerful resources at its disposal. That's why it's essential to seek representation from an attorney who has the skill and determination to successfully defend clients on federal criminal charges.

My background enables me to forcefully challenge prosecutors in providing a defense to clients charged with white collar crimes that include:

  • All forms of fraud
  • Embezzlement
  • Bribery and extortion
  • Money laundering
  • Forgery
  • Antitrust violations
  • Tax evasion
  • Corporate espionage
  • Computer hacking
  • Insider trading
  • Racketeering and RICO cases
  • Counterfeiting

Whether you have been charged or are currently being investigated, it's important to seek skilled representation immediately. The earlier I can begin to develop your defense and fight for your rights, the better your chance of obtaining a favorable outcome, whether that's an acquittal, reduced sentence or plea agreement.

Results-driven defender works to limit your liability

An effective white collar crime defense can begin even before criminal charges are brought. Because these cases require in-depth investigations into complex tax and financial records, clients may find out that they are under investigation before being charged. If you have any suspicion that a case is being assembled against you, it's essential to seek the help of an experienced white collar defense firm right away. Richard A. Merlino Criminal Defense Law will act to limit your liability by uncovering evidence that prevents the government from bringing an indictment, protecting you from public accusations that can derail your business and personal life. Once charges are filed, however, I will get to work immediately to challenge the allegations and protect your rights. I understand that financial mistakes can lead to serious penalties and offer skilled representation so clients can avoid heavy fines, significant restitution and the potential of a prison sentence.

Contact a diligent Florida white collar criminal defense attorney

If you have been charged with tax evasion, internet fraud, or any other white collar crime, it's important to seek skilled legal counsel as soon as possible. Richard A. Merlino Criminal Defense Law has the experience to provide a diligent defense. Call me at 954-317-9024 or contact me online to schedule a free consultation at my Fort Lauderdale office.