Establishing a Defense Against Money Laundering Charges
Money laundering is a serious white collar offense that is aggressively investigated and prosecuted by both state and federal agencies. Penalties for conviction tend to be particularly harsh, which can be devastating for those who are wrongly accused, or who had no intent to commit fraud. Fortunately, those who start the process of planning a defense as soon as possible after hearing of their charges, often have a much better chance of being able to demonstrate their innocence to the court. For help building your own defense to a white collar crime charge, please call a member of our dedicated legal team today.
Defending against accusations of money laundering tends to be particularly difficult, as defendants who are accused of this offense are often charged with additional, albeit related, crimes. For instance, many money laundering cases have connections to the illegal use of money to purchase drugs or firearms, or as part of gang-related activity. In these situations, it is not uncommon for the accused to be charged with additional offenses, in which case, it is often necessary for defendants to refute the charges one by one. This can be a difficult process, as the elements that must be proven in order to obtain a conviction vary widely depending on the specific crime in question.
Fortunately, experienced defense legal teams can use a variety of strategies to prove that a defendant is innocent of money laundering and any related charges, including:
- Providing evidence of an alibi;
- Proving that a defendant only committed the offense because of a legitimate fear that he or she was in imminent danger for failing to participate;
- Proving that the prosecutor lacks evidence that the defendant intended to launder the money in question;
- Providing evidence that the money did not come from a specific illegal activity;
- Providing proof that a defendant was wrongly identified;
- Proving that the defendant was illegally arrested or detained by law enforcement officers; or
- Demonstrating that prosecutors lack sufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a defendant committed the crime of money laundering.
Discrediting the prosecutor’s evidence, producing witness testimony, and refuting the evidence presented by expert witnesses is critical when it comes to removing the links that connect money laundering to other criminal offenses. However, this can be a difficult task, especially for those who do not have legal representation, so if you are currently being investigated for or have been charged with money laundering, you should strongly consider consulting with a white collar crime attorney who has the resources and experience to ensure that your defense is handled properly.
Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with a Dedicated Miami Attorney Today
To set up an initial evaluation of your own case, please contact dedicated Miami white collar crime attorney Jeffrey S. Weiner, P.A. You can reach a member of our legal team by calling 305-670-9919, or by sending us an online message that contains your contact information and a brief description of your case. Initial consultations are offered free of charge, so if you are facing money laundering charges, please don’t hesitate to call or contact us online today.