This past week, news hit the airwaves about a former U.S. Tax Court judge who pleaded guilty to violation of federal tax law. This dramatic story speaks to every taxpayer with the message that anyone of any stature or with any level of education can potentially face criminal tax charges.
It also illustrates the importance of anyone who faces the IRS in a criminal or civil charge of not complying with tax laws getting experienced and aggressive legal representation as early as possible. A criminal defense lawyer specifically with tax experience can negotiate with the IRS and federal prosecutors for resolution of the dispute outside of court if possible. Such matters can often be settled well short of a criminal trial, but if necessary, an attorney can launch a vigorous defense of the taxpayer in court.