New York White-Collar Crimes Lawyers

The New York law firm of Joseph Potashnik and Associates PC provides aggressive and solid representation to clients accused of white-collar crimes in federal and state courts. At our firms you will find dedicated and highly experienced criminal defense attorneys who have been successfully handling the toughest complex white-collar criminal cases for over 30 years in New York and around the country, trying over 100 cases to jury verdict. We have the tenacity, experience, and reputation that you need when facing criminal charges and the unlimited resources of federal and state prosecutors.

White collar and business crimes are the top priority for local and federal law enforcement. Many of these crimes carry devastating penalties, which include long periods of incarceration. If you face criminal charges of this nature, it is extremely important to seek legal help from professionals with real experience of handling similar cases and established track record of success. Criminal lawyers with Joseph Potashnik and Associates have handled complex fraud and financial crime cases for decades, taking many cases to trial. Unlike many of our competitors, we are not former prosecutors. All of us dedicated our careers defending clients. Some believe that former prosecutors have an edge working as defense attorneys. Many defense lawyers are actually former prosecutors. While many former prosecutors are great attorneys, that doesn’t give them an edge in doing defense work. In fact, we strongly believe that defending criminal cases requires a totally different set of skills than prosecuting them and the attorneys who spend years defending cases rather than prosecuting them are generally better fit for the job.

What is White-Collar Crime

The term White Collar Crime is used in relation to non-violent crime including business crimes and general fraud. In New York, white-collar offenses may be prosecuted by the District Attorney’s Office or the Attorney General’s Office on state level or by the United States Attorney on the federal level. Most white collar offenses include crimes committed for monetary gain such as embezzlement, business fraud, insurance fraud, immigration fraud, real estate fraud, bank fraud, tax fraud, and similar matters. One of the most commonly prosecuted white-collar crimes is healthcare fraud, including Medicaid and Medicare fraud.

At Joseph Potashnik and Associates we have successfully defended clients accused of all types of such offense at state and federal levels, at all stages from the initial investigations to trial.

Examples of White-Collar Criminal Cases We Handle

  • Bank Fraud
  • Bankruptcy Fraud
  • Bribery and Corruption
  • Computer Crimes
  • Embezzlement
  • Extortion
  • Forgery
  • Healthcare Fraud
  • Identity Theft
  • Immigration Fraud
  • Insider Trading
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Larceny/Theft
  • Medicaid Fraud
  • Money Laundering
  • Perjury
  • Real Estate
  • Securities Fraud
  • Tax Fraud and Evasion
  • Welfare Fraud


Many white-collar criminal cases begin with a criminal investigation. Rarely will law enforcement simply make an arrest immediately after the crime is committed. Criminal investigations can take months and even years to complete before an arrest is made. If you are aware of any criminal investigation against you, you must seek legal help from a competent white-collar criminal defense attorney immediately. You should never speak with any investigators before you speak with your lawyer. It is important for several reasons. The most important reason you should not speak with investigators is because anything you tell them will be used against you just as any document you give them. Their job is to build a case against you, to come up with enough evidence to file charges against you and to make sure the charges will not be dismissed. By using various investigative techniques, experienced investigators are able to lock you in a statement, an admission of guilt, in a manner of minutes, even if you don’t think you have done anything wrong. It is extremely dangerous to speak with them before discussing your case with a defense attorney.

Engaging an experienced white collar defense lawyer such us one you’ll find at our firm will give you a head start. The earlier in the case we get involved, the less damage will be done to you and the better the outcome of the criminal investigation will be. In many cases we were able to convince prosecutors not to file criminal charges against our clients. It is much easier to convince the prosecutor not to charge you then to convince them to drop the charges after you have been arrested.

When an investigation ends, you may be asked to voluntarily surrender or the law enforcement will seek an arrest warrant. If a judge decides that there is probable cause that you committed the crime, he or she will issue the warrant. You will be arrested and presented before a judge who charge you with the crime and will then decide whether to release you on bail. That process is called arraignment. This is the beginning of your criminal case. If your loved one has been arrested in New York and is awaiting arraignment, call us immediately so that we can help you.


New York City Federal White Collar Crime Attorneys

If you are being investigated by federal agents for federal white-collar crimes, you must realize that state and federal criminal systems are completely different in terms of procedure, statutory law, and penalties.

That is why you should not settle just for any criminal defense lawyer. Defending against federal criminal prosecutions requires special expertise that only experience federal criminal defense attorney can deliver.

It is crucial to understand that defendants in federal criminal cases have much more at stake and techniques that work in state courts may not work in federal courts. The federal government has virtually unlimited human and financial resources when it comes to investigating and prosecuting criminal cases.

Often, by the time the defendant discovers that an investigation is underway, the government has already amassed strong evidence against the defendant. Many federal criminal defendants risk more than the stigma of a criminal conviction; potential consequences may and often do involve losing professional licensure and the ability to make a living, losing a home, money, and other possessions.

Our New York City white-collar defense firm is well prepared to represent clients charged with a variety of business-related and larceny-related charges. We work in conjuncture with some of the best-known and experienced white collar defense trial lawyers in New York City, so our clients benefit from our ability to put together the best minds in white collar criminal defense in this area.

Our lawyers have taken over a hundred cases through trial, representing defendants in all sorts of business and white collar criminal prosecutions. If we get involved in the case early, we are able to investigate the case and build an effective defense that will significantly complicate the prosecution efforts.

We work with the best outside private investigators and experts in the country that allows us to explore weaknesses in the prosecution’s case against you – and giving you strategic advantages in both negotiating the best plea or winning at trial.

If you need assistance with your matter, feel free to contact our office for a consultation. We offer services in several languages including Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, and Russian. Contact New York white collar and business criminal defense lawyers today.