While some white collar defense attorneys handle criminal tax matters, it is important to understand the differences between the two practice areas when selecting an attorney to represent you. First, most non-tax white collar crimes are handled and prosecuted exclusively through the local San Diego United States Assistant District Attorney. In contrast, prosecutorial decisions for tax matters are made through the Tax Division at the Department of Justice in Washington DC.
White collar defense attorneys frequently deal with local counsel, but often lack experience dealing with the national office of the Department of Justice. In addition, tax crimes are prosecuted and proved in a different manner than other federal crimes, such as money laundering or bank fraud. The attorney you choose to represent you should have familiarity with the intricacies of the direct and indirect methods of proof that IRS Special Agents use. Exposing flaws during the Special Agents investigation phase and in discussions with government officials will greatly influence the charges that ultimate are brought against you and may deter prosecution all together.
Our criminal tax defense team possesses both of the necessary skill sets you should consider when selecting representation: we combine the necessary technical tax experience and accounting background with a seasoned criminal trial practice. Our commitment to our clients is to obtain the most favorable resolution at the earliest possible juncture. We diligently work with the government to avoid invasive and costly investigations. Our firm frequently defends both targets and witnesses, making sure your interests are protected during every phase of the investigation. Should the matter escalate to trial, however, we pledge to fiercely and objectively defend your rights until the end.
To receive further assistance and retain a criminal tax attorney, contact our San Diego office.
For more information, please see:
- Criminal Tax Defense Main Page
- More about the Criminal Investigation Division
- Visit from an IRS Special Agent
- Are You a Criminal Investigation Target?
- About IRS Criminal Investigations
- IRS Methods of Proving Tax Fraud and Tax Evasion
- Criminal Investigation Division Tactics
- Tax Crimes
- Tax Crimes – Perjury