Experienced Jacksonville Attorneys Represent Clients Accused Of Securities Fraud
A firm with the knowledge and resources to defend you on state and federal investment fraud charges
Securities fraud, also known as investment fraud, covers a wide range of illegal investment practices involvingmunicipal bonds, corporate stocks, bank notes, or investment contracts. Such fraud involves deception that may stem from failing to register securities with the proper state and federal agencies, making false statements or omissions of fact in filed documents, and other kinds of fraudulent behavior that induce investors to make decisions based on false information.If you’re being investigated for securities fraud or have already been charged, it’s important to retain the kind of legal counsel that understands the complex laws that govern securities and has successfully defended clients on both federal and state fraud charges.
It is vital that you safeguard your rights. Never speak to a federal agent alone. Always get a lawyer to protect yourself. Don’t think that if you have nothing to hide you can convince a federal agent you are innocent. At Fallgatter & Catlin, P.A., our attorneys have more than 80 years of combined experience representing clients accused of white-collar crimes. We understand the severity of the penalties for securities fraudand act immediately to gather all relevant information to begin mounting your defense. And because a member of our team was a federal prosecutor for 17 years, we know exactly how the prosecution thinks and will act, offering you an edge in our preparation and representation.
What you don’t know about your investments can hurt you
Securities fraud is a serious offense that carries criminal and civil penalties and can be prosecuted at both the federal and state levels. But people can be charged with such offenses without having any idea that their actions—or those of their investment brokers—even constitute fraud.Those actions may include:
- Buying or selling securities without registering them first with the state of Florida and the SEC
- Intentionally making false statements or omitting facts in documents filed with those entities
- Engaging in insider trading
- Outright theft from investors
- Misstatements on a public company’s financial reports
With the passage in 2009 of the Florida Securities and Investor Protection Act, the state attorney general’s office now has enhanced authority in bringing securities fraud charges—in addition to charges brought by the federal government. If you’re convicted of any type of investment fraud, you face severe penalties that may include fines, incarceration, probation and restitution. That’s why if you even suspect that a company or any organization you’re involved with has committed securities fraud, it’s in your best interest to speak with an attorney who has both the legal experience and resources to offer the strongest possible defense.
Contact an experienced Jacksonville white-collar crime defense lawyer immediately
Contact us online or call the offices of Fallgatter & Catlin, P.A. today at 904-353-5800 to schedule a consultation at no cost or obligation to discuss your securities fraud case.