“When I was arrested by the Feds on Drug Conspiracy charges, they told me I was facing mandatory life in federal prison without the possibility of parole. I knew that I was innocent, but I was scared . . . so I knew that I would have to find a lawyer who was not afraid of the Feds and would take my case to trial. I chose Greg Robey because he is a fighter. After over 2 weeks in a federal jury trial, I was found Not Guilty of all charges. My family and I am forever grateful to Mr. Robey.” -L.B., Mansfield, Ohio
The definition of the offenses that amount to white collar crime has slightly changed since the term entered the lexicon in the 20th century. The early use of this term implied that white collar crimes were those perpetrated by individuals who enjoyed a certain respectable status in society while they exercised their function or occupation. By the 1970s, the definitions of white collar crime were modified — by society's response to media events — to mostly reflect fraudulent offenses in the financial realm, without regard for the social status of the perpetrator.
In the 1980s, the United States Department of Justice added certain parameters to white collar crime that characterized the offenses:
It is important to note that the definitions of white collar crime are mostly semantic, and they are usually not coded, classified or mentioned as such in statutes or compendiums of law. Legal practitioners and law enforcement officials do take into consideration the definitions and characteristics of white collar crime in their profession. There is, however, some consensus as to the typical actions that would label someone a white collar criminal. Some of these actions, which can be found in the Ohio Revised Code and the federal laws, include:
Investigation and prosecution of white collar crimes has considerably increased in recent decades. While judges and juries are well aware that white collar offenses do not usually entail elements of vice or violence, they are not likely to go easy on defendants. The realm of white collar crime has become incredibly complex, and thus defendants are in need of a focused criminal defense more than ever.