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Criminal accusations can harm public officials

We often talk about white-collar crime through the context of monetary or financial loss of large corporations. Many white-collar crime cases involve fraud, embezzlement, bribery, extortion and more, with large companies alleging that an employee or group of employees knowingly stole money from the company. However, not all white-collar crimes have a monetary aspect to them, and with election season in full swing, it should be noted that public officials can also be accused of white collar crimes.

As the battle for presidential nominations runs wild to the north, Louisiana residents are encouraged to remember that crimes such as fraud, bribery and extortion could also be used not with financial gain in mind, but with political gain. A person running for mayor who bribes voters or supporters could be facing charges, and many people are most likely familiar with the concept of voter fraud.

In a perfect world, political races and campaigns would be filled with peaceful debates and neutral rallies until voters elect their chosen candidate and the losing party amicably concedes. Unfortunately, politics is a dirty business, and it is not unheard of for losing candidates to accuse their victorious opponents of underhanded or criminal tactics in order to place public scrutiny on the newly-elected official.

Even if the allegations are not true, simply being accused of a crime can cause severe damage to a public official's reputation, harming his or her public image enough to cost future elections. That is why it is important that public officials take quick, decisive legal action in their defense when they are accused of white-collar crimes. If you have been accused of a white-collar crime in Louisiana, visit our webpage to learn how we can put our decades of criminal defense experience to work protecting your image and reputation.

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