White Collar Crime & Fraud

CLEARWATER CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY
White Collar Crimes & Fraud Defense in Tampa Bay

Robert Hambrick Photo 1Any Professional who finds himself under the threat of government investigation for fraud, theft or other nonviolent crimes is in need of an effective lawyer. Criminal investigations are not only disruptive in themselves, but often lead to criminal charges which carry heavy consequences in Florida, often leading to imprisonment, house arrest, probation, hefty fines, restitution and the destruction of your professional reputation within our community.

Robert Hambrick has the necessary experience as a former prosecutor to determine the likelihood of a conviction for the underlying criminal charges and to help you make important decisions as to whether you should cooperate with the authorities or take the matter to trial by jury.

WHAT IS THE ‘TARGET LETTER’ FROM PROSECUTORS?

Often the treat of arrest becomes obvious when an employee is interviewed by government agents or when a search warrant is served on a business or home. If agents for the government believe that probable cause exists then they may make an immediate arrest. In these cases the suspect is often informed without any warning of the criminal charges only when the arrest is made often either at home in front of his family or at work in front of his business associates.

Sometimes prosecutors will send those about to be charged with criminal white collar misconduct or fraud a target letter, which informs the suspect that a Grand Jury is poised to soon place an indictment. If a target letter is sent it’s important to seek the advice of Robert Hambrick immediately because any negotiations to reduce the criminal charges, especially in Federal court, must be conducted before the grand jury makes a presentment of the indictment.

In many investigations, however, law enforcement will not send the suspect a target letter because prosecutors may believe it would only alert the suspect that he is under special scrutiny allowing the suspect time to destroy possible evidence and anticipate the prosecution by building a defense.

WILL MY PROPERTY BE SEARCHED FOR EVIDENCE OF CRIME?

To obtain a search warrant Tampa Bay law enforcement officers merely need to establish under oath to a judge that a crime occurred and that evidence of the crime likely exists at a certain location. The search warrant will result in a thorough search being made of the businesses, homes, vehicles and safe deposit boxes for relevant evidence of wrongdoing which may be used against you in court unless timely objections are made.

The evidence seized by the government may include business records, bank records, sale receipts, computer hard drives, flash drives, internet usage, Google searches, cell phone records, videos, photographs and other information. Unfortunately, what we may believe is protected, private and personal is still subject to a search warrant. Under the law a Judge will sign a search warrant allowing officers to search your property if law inforcement officers merely persuade him that they have reason to believe incriminating evidence will be found in your possession.

The evidence gathered as the result of a search warrant may be thrown out if it is established that officers provided false information under oath to obtain the search warrant or that officers failed to secure the search warrant in a timely manner or that the wrong premises were searched.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO ME IF I AM ARRESTED?

In many of these cases a timely motion for a reasonable bond or a motion to be released with a mere signature bond agreeing to be at future hearings can be made to the court. Prosecutors have no problem making defendants endure the punishment of jail while simply waiting for the case to be resolved. Therefore everything possible should be done to reduce the bond so that you can move forward with your life, spend time with your family and continue to live life fully.

WHAT KINDS OF PUNISHMENT COULD I BE LOOKING AT?

If convicted of committing theft or fraud, embezzlement, forgery or medicare fraud, the sentence you will receive depends on the value of property unlawfully taken.

In Florida, these crimes are divided into four main categories: petty theft [below $300], third-degree felony [between $300 and $20,000], second-degree felony [between $20,000 and $100,000], and first degree felony [greater than $100,000] with punishments for the latter three ranging from five to thirty years in jail and fines from $5,000 to 10,000 depending upon the circumstances with parole and early release, often not possible if the court imposes a minimum/mandatory sentence. But there are many other criminal cases I handle that can be classified as white collar crimes. White collar fraud cases which are classified as federal crimes are extremely complex with investigations often taking a year or more before charges are filed. Often these charges include allegations of mail fraud or wire fraud.

FINDING THE BEST CRIMINAL LAW ATTORNEY IN TAMPA BAY FOR SECURITIES FRAUD, COMPUTER FRAUD, IDENTITY THEFT EMBEZZLEMENT, FORGERY, MEDICARE FRAUD MEDICAID FRAUD:

Robert Hambrick is an effective advocate with vast successful experience in Tampa Bay white collar cases including thirty years of complex criminal experience who will bring his knowledge, expertise and judgment to your case. Robert understands the special challenges and commitment to your reputation which these cases demand.

Robert Hambrick has spent his entire life preparing to defend you against white-collar crime charges that can ruin your reputation, your business and your future. Because of the intricacies of the Florida and Federal criminal justice system you need to find an attorney who has one field of practice – criminal law; an attorney who knows the local Tampa Bay and Pinellas criminal law system; an attorney who has repeatedly and successfully handled complex white collar criminal litigation; an attorney who has had significant white collar Criminal Trials; an attorney with an excellent legal reputation in white collar cases and most importantly, an attorney who cares about you, will listen to you, then stand up and fight for you.

Attorney Robert Hambrick represents professionals charged with crime, such as businessmen, doctors, health providers, clinic owners, lawyers, stockbrokers and other professionals facing charges for federal and state white-collar crimes such as fraud and ID theft.