Money laundering is a commonly committed white-collar crime, but don’t let its frequency fool you. In fact, it is a very serious crime that carries significant penalties. Money launderers could face incarceration, hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars in restitution, and a criminal record that will follow you for the rest of your life. If convicted, your future is in real jeopardy. The best thing to protect your rights under the law is to mount a zealous defense against money laundering charges. Here’s what you should know.
Showing that Intent Did Not Exist
Money laundering requires intent. Therefore, if no intent exists, no person can be held responsible for the crime. You could obtain evidence that shows that you did not know the money you received was originally obtained illegally. This may be difficult to do however, so it requires the expertise of an experienced criminal defense attorney.
You Only Laundered Money Under Duress
If you do not have the evidence to show lack of intent, you may have evidence that shows you were under duress when the crime was committed. Duress simply means that you had a substantial reason to believe that you or your family faced harm or danger if you did not commit the crime. This also may be the case if someone threatened you or your loved ones to force you to launder the money.
Illustrating a Lack of Evidence
A key component in any conviction is the evidence that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that the accused did, in fact, commit the crime. Your attorney may decide that questioning the amount or quality of evidence presented against you is the best defense strategy. In the case of money laundering, an important piece of evidence is proof of where the money actually came from. If the source of the money was not an illegal activity, or cannot be traced at all, it will be challenging for the prosecution to certainly say the money was laundered.
Contact Michael T. Rabideau Today
Federal crimes like money laundering have the potential to destroy your future. It’s imperative that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney right away to begin putting together a strong defense. Call today for a consultation with Attorney Rabideau today at (561) 820-4848.