White Collar Crimes Lawyers

Summerville · Moncks Corner · Goose Creek · Charleston

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The white collar crimes lawyers at Templeton, Mims & Ward understand that even the allegation of fraud or dishonest conduct can result in the loss of your job and damage to your reputation.

Whether you are accused of embezzlement or fraud, a conviction can result in prison time, substantial fines and restitution. In addition, you may lose your right to own a firearm or concealed weapons permit, your right to seek occupational licenses, and you may end up with a permanent criminal record that will make it difficult to impossible to find meaningful employment or to seek public office in the future.

Our white collar crimes attorneys have the experience you need to fight your charges – to negotiate before you are charged, to mitigate the damage if you are charged with a white collar crime, to try your case to a jury when necessary, and to help you find the best possible outcome in your case.


What a White Collar Crimes Lawyer Can Do For You


When state authorities open an investigation into fraud or other white collar crimes, business-minded people will often turn first to their corporate attorneys, without stopping to consider that most corporate lawyers negotiate business deals, draft contracts, and are regularly engaged in the practice of corporate law.

If you are under investigation for white collar crimes, you should consider what type of attorney is right for your situation and has the experience needed to effectively handle a criminal investigation or trial. The white collar crimes attorneys at Templeton, Mims & Ward know the law, the state courts, law enforcement agencies, and we have a reputation for fighting for our clients.

Your white collar crimes lawyer can:

  • Talk to investigators from the FBI or state agencies on your behalf before you are charged with a white collar crime,
  • Investigate your case and gather evidence to prove your innocence,
  • Represent you at your bond hearing in state court,
  • Retain experts when needed for consultation or testimony at your trial,
  • Prepare your case for trial and try your case to a jury when necessary, and
  • Negotiate with prosecutors to get your case dismissed or to find the best possible outcome based on your goals.

Why call Templeton, Mims & Ward?

  • The defense lawyers at Templeton, Mims & Ward will help you to understand your charges and your options in a language that you will understand – no legal jargon necessary.
  • They will include you in all decisions that are made in your case and keep you informed at all stages of your case.
  • They care about you, your family, your case and your rights. They will do everything that is legally and ethically possible to achieve the best result for you.

Do not meet with law enforcement agents or respond to a subpoena until you have consulted with a white collar crimes attorney. If you believe you are under investigation, you have received a target letter from the US Attorney’s Office, or you have received a grand jury subpoena, call our office now.

Don’t wait. The government may be preparing your case for trial right now – you need an experienced white collar crimes attorney on your side who can do the same as soon as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

Whether this is your first contact with the criminal courts in SC or you’ve been down this road before, you have questions. We will answer some of the more common questions that we see below, but you should call Templeton, Mims & Ward as soon as possible to discuss questions that you may have that are specific to your case.

What's white collar crime?
White collar crimes are usually financial crimes that involve fraud, theft, political corruption, or charges of embezzlement. In most cases, white collar crimes involve working professionals or persons in public service whose professional reputations and future employment are at stake.
Are white collar crimes charged in State Court or Federal Court?

Most white collar crimes are investigated by federal agencies like the FBI and charged in federal court, including all types of fraud cases, extortion, bribery, and other financial crimes. Some white collar crimes, like embezzlement of public funds or breach of trust with a fraudulent intent, are investigated by local law enforcement agencies and charged in SC state courts.

What are some examples of white collar crimes?
White collar crimes cover a broad range of financial misconduct, but most involve some sort of fraud or public corruption. Some examples include:

  • Mail fraud and wire fraud,
  • Healthcare fraud, including COVID-19 related fraud,
  • Corporate fraud and embezzlement,
  • Extortion, bribery, and other forms of public corruption,
  • Campaign finance and campaign ethics violations,
  • Securities fraud,
  • Bank fraud, 
  • Money laundering, and
  • Conspiracy charges.
What should I do if I get a grand jury subpoena?
Call a white collar crimes attorney immediately. You may be a target of a white collar crimes investigation or you may be a witness. If you are a witness you may quickly become a target after providing testimony – either way, you can do irreversible damage by not consulting with your white collar crimes lawyer before taking action.
Do people always plead guilty to white collar crimes?
No, they do not.

White collar crimes defendants can and do take their cases to trial, they do not always plead guilty. Before you decide to plead guilty or take your case to a jury, your white collar crimes attorney will need to investigate the allegations, review all evidence in your case, and advise you as to 1) the strength of the government’s case and 2) the sentencing guidelines range if you plead guilty or if you are convicted after a trial.

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