White Collar/Economic Crimes

The term “white-collar crime” refers to crime that is economic in nature, committed by business professionals through fraud, deception, and theft. Subject to prosecution under both federal and state laws, white-collar offenses are punishable by probation, house arrest, repayment of stolen funds, fines, and imprisonment.

With the surge of high profile white-collar crimes in the last decade, the level of media scrutiny on accused individuals is higher than ever. By nature, white-collar crime cases usually involve a large volume of documents and bank records upon which the prosecution relies to build its case. If you have been accused of committing a white-collar crime, you deserve a qualified attorney who is willing to conduct a detailed and thorough examination of each piece of evidence in your case. Frequently, experts in accounting, money laundering, insurance, off-shore bank accounts, etc. are retained to properly represent a person charged with a white collar crime.

Jim’s prominence in the area of white-collar criminal defense has been well substantiated over the years. He has conducted pre-indictment investigations and represented clients in grand jury matters and criminal trials involving a range of issues, including:

  • securities transactions
  • public corruption and racketeering
  • mortgage fraud
  • conflict of interest
  • bank fraud
  • money laundering
  • wire fraud
  • mail fraud
  • insurance fraud including “viatical insurance” products
  • Racketeering and Corrupt Influences Act (RICCO)

Through a detailed factual and legal analysis, Jim will strive to determine the full scope of the potential liability for clients who have reason to believe some wrongdoing may have taken place. Jim has had success numerous times in persuading prosecutors not to return criminal charges against individuals and corporations in both state and federal courts. Should a grand jury matter result in indictment, Jim has hands on experience in representing people accused before state and federal courts in Florida as well as other States.

According to a local retired federal judge, Jim Jenkins is the only defense attorney to represent a lawyer in U.S. Federal District Court in the Northern District of Florida that, after a two month trial, resulted in a lawyer being found not guilty. This case involved ten separate counts of mail, wire, and money laundering charges.

Jim has written an article about this specific case that was published in various national and Florida state magazines: “Defending a Lawyer in Federal Court” which is illustrative of the various techniques Jim uses in trials, let alone a two month long federal trial. Conviction of any of the ten charges of the federal indictment would have meant that the lawyer would have been disbarred.

If you have been accused of a white-collar crime, call Jim Jenkins at (850) 434-9304 or contact us online to discuss your legal options. Mr. Jenkins can be reached after hours at his home office at (850) 474-4182.