FRAUD AND WHITE COLLAR CRIME LAWYERS OTTAWA
Conviction for white collar crime can result in jail time, in particular cases of large-scale criminal fraud. Charges are often laid for questionable activity that may appear illegal but was in fact was the result of a bad investment or business deal gone wrong.
Defence of financial crime must include a thorough review of document and evidence analysis on the advice from forensic accountants. Lawyers at Edelson & Friedman LLP have successfully defended people in Ottawa accused of fraud, in some cases in the amount of 100 million dollars.
ADVOCACY DURING INVESTIGATION AND AT TRIAL
Activity must meet certain criteria to be considered fraud. Fraud, by definition, involves specific elements such as deceit. The Crown must meet a high standard in order to prove these elements. Defence counsel can, when appropriate, demonstrate the activity is a civil dispute such as breach of contract and not criminal. Often, we can make this argument to Crown counsel at the investigation stage and prevent charges from being laid.
Successful defence involves an in-depth understanding of complex financial transactions, investment protocols and regulatory regimes in Ontario and Canada. Our understanding of this aspect of the case, in addition to our extensive criminal defence experience, contributes to our ability to serve clients as they preserve their financial and personal integrity.
Most of our clients charged with white collar crimes are unfamiliar with the justice system. It is a time-consuming and stressful process. Our lawyers guide them through all aspects of criminal trial and act as their ardent defenders in court.
Success Story: L. was charged with two counts of fraud over $5,000. Following a comprehensive investigation by defence counsel and a presentation to the Crown Attorney, all charges were withdrawn prior to trial.
CONTACT US TO LEARN MORE
Our work with clients accused of fraud and other white collar crime is undertaken with discretion. In many cases, the professional reputation of our clients is at stake. Call us at 613-223-4089 in Ottawa or contact us online to book a FREE consultation.