The U.S. money laundering statute, 18 U.S.C. § 1956, is broad and was intended to be broad for two very specific reasons: One, it allows the government to seize any assets or property it can connect, in a financial way, to the specified criminal activity an individual or business is accused. Two, in seizing assets before trial, the government can effectively prevent a defendant from being able to afford the best defense.
Establishing The Money Trail
Employers love when employees bring in money for “the business;” the government is no different. Because of that, money laundering in Dallas, TX and nationwide has become something of a “pet” charge that prosecutors tack on to primary charges such as mail fraud, wire fraud or just about any other white collar crime you can think of.
Unfortunately, the difference between what government takes in a money laundering case in Dallas, TX and nationwide and what it can really prove was connected to an alleged criminal enterprise is tremendous. However, as you might expect, the government doesn’t like to give things back easily. In these cases, the tables become turned and defendants are essentially put in the position of having to prove their innocence with their own money and assets frozen and no means to defend themselves.
If you are under investigation or have been hit with money laundering charges, immediate action to protect your assets and to challenge government seizures is essential. For immediate legal help anywhere in the U.S., call or contact Dan C. Guthrie, Jr., in Dallas, Texas.
Proactive and Hands-on Approach to Defense
As a former federal prosecutor, defense attorney Dan C. Guthrie, Jr., in Dallas, TX has developed a proactive, hands-on approach to defending clients since entering private practice more than 30 years ago. In money laundering cases, Dan works with former federal investigators and special agents for the IRS to establish a clear picture of the money trail.
Schedule an initial phone consultation or a face-to-face meeting with defense lawyer Dan C. Guthrie, Jr. in Dallas, TX; call us at 214-953-1000 or contact the firm online today.