Many people associate money laundering with drug kingpins, mobsters or other high-level networks of organized crime. In fact, money laundering charges can have a far broader scope. The offense covers a wide range of activities designed to conceal or obscure the source of illegally obtained money.
Money laundering can take many forms, including:
- Channeling money through a shell company or corporation
- Filtering illegal funds through offshore accounts
- Purchasing foreign funds through currency exchanges
- Smuggling money across international borders
- Knowingly engaging in transactions involving illegally obtained funds
- Disguising illicit funds through other means
While a crime in and of itself, money laundering is also often tacked on to other charges of white collar crime such as embezzlement, bank fraud and mail/wire fraud.
The Consequences Of A Conviction
Money laundering is a federal crime and a felony. A conviction can result in a lengthy prison sentence. Additionally, any property associated with the offense — including cash, bank accounts, investments, vehicles and even real estate — can be subject to civil asset forfeiture.
Given the severity of the offense, professional legal representation is critical to protecting your rights and pursuing your options for a more favorable outcome.
Trusted Legal Guidance And Strong Defensive Strategies
When you need professional guidance in money laundering or related charges, you can turn to The Law Office of Kevin L. Barnett, a North Carolina law firm with an office location in Charlotte. Our defense attorney handles money laundering cases throughout the western part of the state. With more than 30 years of experience in criminal law, we understand the intricacies of the law, and procedures and strategies that affect the outcomes in these cases.
As with many other types of white collar crimes, the pre-indictment investigation stage is important for developing strong defensive strategies. Attorney Kevin L. Barnett can step in at any time during the process — whether you suspect you are under investigation or charges have already been filed. We will work diligently on your behalf, investing the time, effort and attention your case deserves.
Meet With A Defense Attorney During A Free Consultation
Call 704-899-5574 for our Charlotte office and Hendersonville-area office. You can also send us an email. We are happy to offer language translation services upon request.
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