Public corruption charges may involve allegations of bribery, kickbacks, bid rigging, procurement fraud, government contract fraud, campaign finance violations, misuse of public authority, or other misconduct. These offenses may be investigated or filed as federal or state charges. Bob Wyatt has represented those charged in public corruption cases at both levels — including the defense of Oklahoma’s Insurance Commissioner in a four-year investigation.
In these white collar cases there is generally evidence that the client was involved in some activity that is alleged. However, the question for the jury is often, “was the activity a crime?” Many allegations of public corruption can be defended on the grounds that the action taken by the public official was within his discretion or was required by law. On the other hand, the act of the private citizen may be lawful so long as there was no criminal intent. In other cases, innocent acts may be taken out of context.
White collar cases may be charged in state and federal courts. In white collar matters there are unique opportunities to win the case if the client cooperates with counsel and has resources for expert witnesses and attorneys fees, access to relevant records, and has a creative attorney.
Public corruption cases require attention to detail and a challenge to conventional thinking and a willingness to challenge the system itself. Those are our trademarks. If you are contacted by the FBI, Secret Service, IRS Special Agents or Inspector General Agents, you should seek counsel immediately. The attorney’s actions prior to indictment or arrest often can be as important as the actions taken after indictment. Among other white collar crimes routinely investigated and defended by our firm are:
Call the Wyatt Law Office at 405.234.5500 for your Oklahoma Public Corruption Lawyers and Attorneys. Your future is our business.