Money laundering essentially accuses a defendant of various schemes aimed at changing large amounts of money gained from illegal criminal activity, such as drug trafficking, into proceeds that appear to be originating from legitimate sources.
These are very serious criminal charges that can result in seizure of bank accounts and assets, financial ruination, and prison time. The veteran Miami criminal defense lawyers at Barzee Flores vigorously defend clients facing money-laundering charges.
Too often such charges are as vague as they are broad. And money-laundering charges are sometimes a play by the government to scare a defendant into cooperating with a larger investigation or an attempt to convince them to quickly plead to lesser charges.
Organized crime and organized criminal activity were the original targets of money-laundering investigations and prosecutions. However, prosecution of alleged money-laundering activities has expanded in recent years to include things like tax evasion and real estate fraud.
Likewise, the federal government has increased the resources available to combat money laundering as state and federal law enforcement officers and prosecutors continue to seek out alleged ties to terrorism. The result, especially when combined with the passage of the Patriot Act, which essentially ignores constitutional rights in pursuit of alleged terrorists, is too often a rush to judgment and the prosecution of innocent individuals or corporations.
It is critical that clients and businesses facing money laundering charges mount an aggressive defense. Those who fail to protect their rights and their reputations amid allegations of money laundering risk being forced out of business, jailed and financially ruined by overzealous prosecution.
If you are facing money laundering charges in South Florida, contact Barzee Flores at (305) 374-3998 for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights.
What Is Money Laundering?
This carries a fine of up to $500,000 or twice the value of the alleged amount involved in the crime, whichever is greater, and a prison sentence of up to 20 years.
Source: Federal Law