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White collar crimes are actually a wide group of offenses that encompass non-violent issues, usually involving financial transactions. These crimes are usually committed by a person in a position of trust or someone with a fiduciary responsibility to a victim. However, while the traditional idea of a person charged with a “white collar” crime is a person working in an office building and dressed up in a suit, the reality is that these charges can fall on anyone.

At Okabe & Haushalter, our Chicago white collar crime defense attorneys are standing by to help if you or a loved one have been charged with a crime. These offenses are pursued aggressively by federal and state prosecutors, and you need to be sure that you have a strong criminal defense team by your side.

Types of White Collar Crimes in Chicago

White collar crimes against corporations, individuals, or even government agencies, are typically economic in nature. Most of these offenses are handled by local and state authorities, though federal agencies may step in to handle alleged crimes against the federal government. Some of the most common white collar crimes that the attorneys at Okabe & Haushalter help clients with include the following:

  • Check Fraud
  • Computer Fraud
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Counterfeiting
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Identification Theft
  • Embezzlement
  • Extortion
  • Forgery
  • ATM Fraud
  • Bank Fraud
  • Bribery
  • Fraud or Theft
  • Healthcare Fraud
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Public Corruption
  • RICO Violations
  • Stock Fraud
  • Tax Fraud
  • Mail or Wire Fraud
  • Money Laundering
  • Mortgage Fraud


White collar crimes are usually felony offenses, which means they can incur a prison sentence of 1 – 30 years and a fine of $25,000 or more, depending on the type of white collar crime committed. A few white collar offenses are misdemeanors, such as bribery involving less than $500,000, but these are less common than felonies. Prevent yourself from facing such serious penalties if you have been arrested for a white collar crime. Contact Okabe & Haushalter right away for capable defense from a Chicago criminal defense attorneys.


Anyone charged with a crime has the right to an attorney. Yes, you will have access to a public defender for these cases, but we need to stress that this may not be the best route for your case. Due to the nature of these crimes, investigations to help with your defense may require a particular skill set that a public defender is not equipped to handle. This is not to say that public defenders are not good at what they do, but they will generally be tasked with handling dozens of cases at once. At Okabe & Haushalter, our Chicago white collar crime defense attorneys will take the time to investigate every aspect of your case. You will have an attorney by your side that is devoted only to ensuring the best possible outcome for your situation. Our goal is to get the charges against you dropped altogether, but we will also explore any possible negotiation for a plea deal if necessary.

Our team handles each case aggressively and will thoroughly investigate the details to maximize your defense. We have been recognized in the news and through client testimonials for our skill and ability to achieve results, so find out exactly what we can do for you by calling now to schedule an initial case evaluation. Okabe & Haushalter has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers® Magazine on multiple occasions. Additionally, Ryan Okabe is currently rated 9.3 Superb and Mark J. Haushalter is rated 10.0 Superb on Avvo. Contact our offices at your earliest convenience for the competent legal representation needed to fight your charges.