What are the penalties for white collar crimes?

The penalties for white collar crime can be severe. Some penalties depend on which jurisdiction brought the charges before the court.

In both the federal and state system a person can be placed on probation. Probation is a type of court ordered supervision. While on probation, the court will give you conditions to abide by. These usually include the paying of restitution, completion of community service, and living restrictions. There is usually a provision that states you can’t use drugs at all or alcohol to excess. You are not able to change your residence or to leave the state without permission. Your home can be searched at any time and you may have a curfew. Once a month you will be required to meet with a probation officer to make sure you are complying with any and all conditions.

You may also be given house arrest. House arrest is a stricter form of probation. You will be confined to your house. In order to make sure you do not leave, the state or federal agency will place a GPS on your person to track your movements. If you leave it is a violation and you can be placed in jail immediately.

Jail is always a possibility. If you are convicted in a state court and sentenced to less than one year, you will serve your sentence in the county jail. If you are sentenced to more than none year, you will serve it in the Florida Department of Corrections. If you are convicted in a federal court you will serve time in a federal prison.

In addition there can be civil penalties such as fines and lawsuits. In all cases you will be ordered to pay restitution. Restitution is a payment of money made to the victims of a crime in order to compensate them for the money they lost.

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