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White Collar Crimes versus Street Crimes

Criminal Law Attorney Carroll County MD White Collar Crimes Street CrimesWhat's the difference between being charged with a white-collar crime or street crime?

White-collar crimes are typically financially motivated, nonviolent crimes characterized by deceit, concealment, or a violation of a trust and do not usually involve the threat of physical force or violence. They usually involve some type of fraud or scam. The term white collar crime was reportedly first coined in 1939 by sociologist Edwin Sutherland and is synonymous with the full range of frauds and scams committed by business and government professionals including things like bank fraud, bribery, check fraud, copyright infringement, corporate fraud, cybercrime, election law violations, embezzlement, financial institution fraud, forgery, fraud in general, fraud against the government, health care fraud, identity theft, insider trading, mass marketing fraud, money laundering, mortgage fraud, phone and telemarketing fraud, Ponzi schemes, public corruption, and more.

Street crimes, also referred to as blue collar crimes, generally involve crimes committed on the streets instead of offices. Assault, sex crimes, drug crimes, robberies, burglary, thefts, and vandalism are typical street crimes or blue color crimes. They usually cause injury to people or property.

Both street crimes and white-collar crimes can have major consequences if convicted. Regardless of whether you have been arrested for a street crime / blue collar crime, have been accused of white collar criminal acts, or are under suspicion for a white collar crime, you need to act now. A conviction can have a serious impact on your freedom and your future. You owe it to yourself to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately in order to determine how best to proceed.

If you, or someone you know, needs legal advice regarding criminal charges, contact The Law Offices of Gary W. Desper. Gary W. Desper is a criminal law attorney for Carroll County, Howard County, Frederick County, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Westminster, Finksburg, Hampstead, Boring, Owings Mills, Frederick, Columbia, Glen Burnie, Towson and the surrounding areas. Call (410) 876-4646 or e-mail us at

Criminal Law Attorney, Gary W. Desper, 43 North Court Street, Westminster, MD 21157: Representing clients charged with all types of white collar crimes and street crimes, throughout Baltimore County, Carroll County, and the surrounding areas in Maryland.