Houston Money Laundering Lawyer
Do you need a criminal defense attorney for money laundering offenses near houston?
MONEY LAUNDERING IS A SERIOUS CRIMINAL OFFENSE IN TEXAS WHERE THE DEFENDANT HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF TRANSFERRING MONEY, USUALLY IT’S ASSUMED THAT MONEY WAS EARNED THROUGH CRIMINAL ACTIVITY, AND DISGUISING THAT MONEY TO AVOID DETECTION. THIS CAN BE DONE BY REROUTING THE FUNDS THROUGH LEGITIMATE INCOME STREAMS OR OTHER METHODS OF FRAUD AND DECEPTION. NATHANIEL PITONIAK IS A SKILLED WHITE COLLAR CRIMES ATTORNEY IN HOUSTON WHO HAS SUCCESSFULLY REPRESENTED DEFENDANTS ACCUSED OF MONEY LAUNDERING.
Money Laundering can include the following:
- Structuring bank deposits of illegally obtained income in small amounts to avoid detection.
- Trade-based laundering, which can include embezzlement.
- Cash-business laundering, which is when you insert illegal monies into a cash business’ legitimate deposits.
- Casino laundering, bank capture, and many more techniques.
Penalties for Money Laundering
The possible penalties for money laundering in Texas are all felonies. Depending on the amount of money in question, the severity can range from a state jail felony (180 days to two years in a state jail) to a first-degree felony (five to 99 years in prison).
To understand where your case may lie on this spectrum, a state jail felony is for charges beginning at $1,500 and up to $20,000 in value and a first-degree felony is for $200,000 or more in laundered money. The accused person’s eligibility for probation will depend on their prior criminal history and the severity of the accusations. It’s important to note that in Texas, money laundering is a chargeable offense if the defendant simply knew the money was gained through illegal activity, even if they were not present to the illegal actions.
Defense Strategies for Money Laundering Crimes
Although every case is different, your defense strategy for challenging your money laundering charges will depend on:
- Lack of knowledge – As we mentioned, if you did not know the money you were accepting or depositing was gained illegally, then you could have grounds for dismissal.
- Defendant cooperated with the authorities – If the defendant cooperates with law enforcement to facilitate the lawful seizure of funds or additional conspirators.
- Witness statements – We may be able to challenge a witness’ statement if we have grounds to argue the witness is mistaken or being deceitful.
Why Do You Need a Defense Lawyer?
If you live in Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery or Galveston counties and are wondering “where can I find a money laundering attorney near me?”, look no further than the Pitoniak Law Firm. Call Nathaniel Pitoniak at (832) 315-6283 for a free consultation today.
What Our Clients Say:
“Mr. Nathaniel did a great job handling my case. He was extremely professional, prompt and detail oriented with every action taken. I highly recommend him to anyone for legal advice and assistance in future cases.”
Rating: 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Reviewed by: Dalton
Date: June 28, 2017
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