New York Money Laundering Lawyer
Money laundering is an attempt to conceal the origin of the proceeds of criminal activity. Money laundering is often associated with other federal charges, such as drug crimes, white collar crimes, wire fraud, and mail fraud.
Money laundering cases are highly complex. It requires special skills to track the movement of funds. Federal investigators invest a great deal of time and money to build a case against suspects. Thus, federal prosecutors aggressively pursue convictions.
Harsh Consequences for Money Laundering
Sentences for money laundering are harsh. If convicted, you can be incarcerated in a federal prison for up to 20 years, and fined up to $500,000 or twice the value of the property involved, or both.
If you are facing federal money laundering charges, you need an experienced federal criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Call The Trainor Law Firm, P.C., in Manhattan today for your free consultation at 212-300-6557 or contact us online.
Our founder, attorney Craig Trainor, has the legal knowledge and skills required to defend clients against federal money laundering charges. With years of experience in white collar criminal defense, he is accustomed to dealing with financial records and tracing the movement of money. He knows how to marshal a team of experts and investigators that are often needed in these cases.
As a clerk to a federal judge, Mr. Trainor saw up close how prosecutors built their cases and how defense attorneys defended their clients. He understands the questions to ask and the defenses that are most likely to be successful in money laundering cases.
Aggressive Defense of Money Laundering Charges
To be convicted on a money laundering charge, prosecutors usually must prove that the money in question was derived from a criminal activity. We will work to prove that that original offense did not occur or was not a crime.
Prosecutors must also prove that you knew that the money involved was obtained illegally, and that you had the intent and expectation of getting “clean” money back after it had been laundered. It can be very difficult for the prosecution to prove all elements of their case beyond a reasonable doubt. Our law firm works diligently to find the holes in their case and exploit them.
It is not only money derived from illegal activity. When one “structures” cash deposits from legally derived activities in such a way as to evade the federal reporting requirements on deposits over $10,000, that is considered a form of money laundering.
Our legal team defends clients under investigation or charged with money laundering because of a variety of alleged activities.
- Operating a “front” business, i.e., representing illegally obtained money as proceeds of a legitimate business
- Moving money into off-shore bank accounts in countries with strict bank secrecy protections
- Moving money from one account to another to disguise its source
- Moving money into private “shell” companies or trusts to avoid filing detailed financial reports
To discuss your money laundering case with a federal criminal defense attorney, please call 212-300-6557 or contact us online. The Trainor Law Firm, P.C., represents clients in Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, and Westchester County.