Texas Tax Defense Lawyer for Federal White Collar Criminal Cases
The government assertively pursues taxpayers who fail to pay their full taxes on time. Aggressiveness increases with the amount of delinquent taxes. Therefore, large companies and high-income individuals, such as those represented by Brown, PC, are especially vulnerable to enforcement actions. If you need the help of an experienced Texas tax defense lawyer, contact our office today.
Texas Tax Defense Lawyer with Decades of Experience in High-Stakes White Collar Cases
Brown, PC has a 25-year history of representing high-profile, high-stakes enforcement actions against individuals and corporations. Our principal, Texas tax defense lawyer Lawrence Brown, is a former DOJ Tax Division trial lawyer who has handled exactly these kinds of cases on behalf of the government. His insight is an advantage to taxpayers that face devastating consequences should the government prevail.
Our prestigious clients include well-known celebrities, athletes, entertainers, and business executives. We also represent multinational corporations with recognizable brands. In addition to reaching important legal solutions, our white-collar defense lawyers work together with PR experts to protect our clients’ reputations, careers, and businesses. Our strategic communication is a unique concept that recognizes that PR can be used successfully to bolster our client’s case and that an attorney’s knowledge is crucial to prevent missteps by public relations professionals.
Common White Collar Criminal Charges
Each Texas tax defense lawyer at Brown PC has extensive experience representing individuals and businesses in high-stakes white collar criminal matters. This includes representing clients during investigations conducted by IRS Criminal Investigation (IRS CI) and other federal agencies, as well as representing clients that are facing white collar criminal charges in federal court. We handle all types of cases, including (but not limited to) those involving allegations of:
Tax evasion involves pursuing unlawful means to pay less than the full amount due. We represent Texas residents and businesses accused of evading (or attempting to evade) federal tax liability.
Tax evasion is one form of tax fraud. Other forms of tax fraud include seeking fraudulent refunds, failing to disclose offshore accounts, and other violations of federal tax laws.
Bribery and Corruption
We defend public officials, candidates, corporations, and other individuals and entities accused of bribery and corruption. This includes cases involving alleged criminal acts in the U.S. and abroad.
Embezzlement is a crime under both state and federal law. We defend corporate executives and others accused of embezzling funds from their companies, and we handle other types of corporate theft cases as well.
Tax fraud and money laundering charges frequently go hand-in-hand. However, defending against tax fraud charges and defending against money laundering charges are very different, and each requires a focused and strategic defense.
Government Contract Fraud
Government contractors can face criminal charges for misrepresenting their capabilities, substituting inferior materials, overbilling the government, and various other forms of fraud. We handle these cases at the federal level.
Our lawyers defend physicians, hospitals, and other providers accused of all forms of healthcare fraud. This includes overbilling Medicare and Medicaid, writing fraudulent prescriptions, and various other crimes.
We defend companies and individuals accused of insurance fraud in Texas. This includes accusations of both making false representations in order to secure coverage and filing fraudulent claims under auto, home, commercial general liability (CGL), umbrella and other policies.
We represent companies and individuals facing allegations of securities fraud under federal law. Our lawyers handle corporate securities fraud cases as well as cases targeting investment advisors, broker-dealers, and their firms.
Penalties for White Collar Crimes
The penalties for white collar crimes vary between offenses. The penalties are also different at the state and federal levels.
Generally, however, the penalties for white collar crimes are severe. In the Texas state courts, prosecutors can pursue five-figure criminal fines and years or decades of imprisonment for felony-level offenses. At the federal level, the fines are even more substantial—usually in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. When prosecutors pursue multiple charges for multiple offenses, targeted individuals and companies can potentially face millions of dollars in liability.
Internal Revenue Code § 7403 Action for Seizure of Taxpayer Property
IRC § 7403 authorizes the United States to take enforcement action against taxpayers that refuse or neglect to pay taxes. The statute allows the government to use such enforcement processes as a civil lawsuit in the U.S. District Court to enforce a federal tax lien and the seizure of taxpayer’s property to pay delinquent taxes.
Our Texas tax defense lawyer demand that the IRS follow due process for placing and enforcing the lien on the property, and we stand up to agents who fail to do so. In addition, we skillfully negotiate settlements that can end enforcement efforts and permit our client to pay back a much-reduced amount of delinquent taxes under more favorable terms.
We Offer Clients Strong White Collar Crime Defense in Texas
The government may pursue criminal charges if it has evidence that the tax delinquency is a result of fraud. Individuals face huge financial losses and imprisonment. Corporations are subject to enormous penalties and fines.
We demand the prosecution show proof of fraud. If the government cannot demonstrate that our client committed fraud beyond a reasonable doubt, we demand the charges be dropped. By coming into the case early, we can often prevent the case from moving forward. Should the government have evidence, we are in a strong position to negotiate a favorable settlement at the investigative stage. In addition, we can prevent the government from obtaining damaging evidence to which it might not have a right. Our goal is to put our clients in the very best position possible, including protecting their property, financial health, reputation, brand, and freedom.
Contact a Dedicated Texas Tax Defense Lawyer
If you become the target of a tax crime investigation, contact a Texas white collar defense attorney immediately. Brown, PC delivers aggressive, high-level representation to companies and individuals that face prosecution.