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White Collar Crimes

Knowledgeable Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney Defending Clients Charged with Fraud and Other Financial Crimes

Defending against a case involving allegations of financial fraud or other white collar crimes can be exceptionally difficult. While there are many defenses to white collar crimes, it takes an experienced attorney with specific knowledge of these offenses to understand which defenses apply and how to effectively use them. At the Killedjian Law Corporation, we have more than two decades of hands-on experience investigating and defending against white collar crimes. Clients frequently call on Attorney Melanie Killedjian to intervene before the government secures an indictment, in hopes of re-directing the government’s investigation and without an arrest.

What Is White Collar Crime?

White collar crime is the term given to financial crimes committed for financial gain, which typically, although not always, do not cause physical harm to any victim. However, state and federal prosecutors will often bring these charges against individuals they believe are involved in gang activity such as gun or drug trafficking.

White collar crimes can be prosecuted in state court; however, federal prosecutors often pick up these cases due to their complexity as well as the fact that they usually involve conduct in multiple states.

Some of the most commonly charged white collar crimes include:

  • Money laundering,
  • Identity theft,
  • Credit card fraud,
  • Mortgage fraud,
  • Mail fraud,
  • Wire fraud,
  • Healthcare fraud,
  • Tax fraud,
  • Extortion, and
  • Bribery

Regardless of the nature of the crimes you face, the Killedjian Law Corporation is immediately available to meet with you to start working on your defense. Given the nature of how these investigations proceed, waiting until you are indicted or arrested to contact a lawyer is a mistake that may have drastic implications on the outcome of your case.

Defending Against Allegations of Financial Crimes

White collar crimes are unique because they involve the complex intersection of the law and principles of finance and accounting. Thus, to successfully prosecute or defend against these offenses requires advanced knowledge of issues that don’t often come up in other cases.

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office created the White Collar Crime Division, and the federal government formed specialized White Collar Investigative Teams, which consist of highly trained prosecutors who only handle cases involving financial crimes. If you face allegations of white collar crime, you need an attorney who is equally experienced.

Unlike other crimes, prosecutors usually conduct very thorough investigations before filing charges or presenting their case to a grand jury. Often, the target of a white collar fraud investigation has no idea they are under investigation. Thus, by the time you learn of the charges against you, the government has already built its case, and prosecutors have convinced themselves you are guilty. This may even be the case if you do not believe you’ve done anything wrong, as prosecutors often cast a wide net in hopes of getting lesser-involved parties to testify against more culpable parties. It is imperative that anyone who is approached by state or federal law enforcement agents about a white collar investigation immediately reach out to an attorney to protect their interests.

Are You at the Center of a White Collar Fraud Investigation?

If you received a target letter or were contacted by law enforcement about a pending white collar fraud investigation, your next step should be to reach out to an experienced Los Angeles criminal defense attorney. At the Killedjian Law Corporation, we take an all-hands-on-deck approach to white collar criminal defense. Attorney Melanie Killedjian has more than 20 years of experience helping clients avoid the harsh consequences of a conviction through diligent and strategic representation. With her help, you may be able to avoid the scrutiny of law enforcement altogether. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation with Attorney Melanie Killedjian at the Killedjian Law Corporation, call (818) 986-0888 today. You can also connect with us through our online contact form

Client Reviews
I was referred to Melanie by a good friend of mine with whom she assisted in the past. This friend gave me nothing but glowing reviews of her and somehow, still managed to undersell how great Melanie is. From the day I made my first call to her, to the first time meeting her face to face (which was the very next day, so I'll add she's very accessible and prompt), until the very end she made it seemingly effortless on my part. She handled everything from beginning to end. Her professionalism was very assuring, and put my worries to rest. I went in her office feeling defeated and overwhelmed, fast forward to my final hearing and I left feeling victorious and overjoyed. Melanie, thank you for all your help! The services rendered and the peace of mind she gave me cannot be matched! Louie G.
I cannot say how grateful my family and I are to ms. Killedjian. The case she took on was very complex and multilayered. I fired two top lawyers before trusting Ms. Killedjian with my future. She remained confident and worked diligently for almost two years. She never changed or added to her fee. She worked with my immigration attorney to make sure I would not face immigration consequences. Ms. Killedjian law expertise and belief in her client got my case dismissed. We are so thankful to Ms. Killedjian and will forever remember how hard she fought for justice!! V.Y.
I just want to say that Melanie came HIGHLY recommended to me and she was the BEST decision I made for my criminal case. Melanie was so helpful, informative, straight forward, kind and always did everything she said she was going to do. She always responded to me contacting her and she always used the word "we" when communicating, as if "we" were in this thing together! I am so grateful for her professionalism and her approach. She was able to get my original severe charges dropped and i was given a minor charge because of how she presented the facts and evidence at hand. Shes amazing! So, if you're reading this and need not just a good attorney but a GREAT one, contact her! You will not regret it! Thank you Melanie for everything you did and continue to do! You're a life saver! Stacey S.
Melanie is amazing! She was able to help me with two felony charges in two different court systems simultaneously with results that far exceeded my expectations of what I thought was even possible. She refused to settle for anything less than the best possible outcome and has given me my complete freedom back. It honestly seems like she was able to work magic! There is no doubt that she knows what she is doing and knows how to get results. I was very selective in choosing a lawyer and she was definitely the right choice. She is kind, caring, compassionate, understanding, positive and supportive in every way. It has truly been a pleasure working with her and her delightful assistant, Elen. I would highly recommend her to anyone in need of an exceptional defense attorney. Bradley S.