Schwartz & Powell

Ventura County White Collar Crime Defense Attorneys

When an individual commits a crime that is financial in nature, usually in a business environment, this is termed a "white collar crime." There are many offenses that are considered to be white collar crimes, and these are almost always nonviolent. However, many of these charges are felony offenses and may be charged by either the District Attorney or the U.S. Attorney. White collar crime charges include:

Insurance fraud
Bank fraud
Wire fraud
Credit card fraud
Computer/Internet fraud
Mortgage fraud
Check fraud
Identity theft
Bankruptcy fraud

If you have been arrested and charged with any white collar crime, immediate action is necessary. Schwartz & Powell has a long history of successfully defending white collar crime charges.


Schwartz & Powell Has More Not Guilty Verdicts Than
Any Other Law Firm in Ventura County. Schwartz & Powell serves Ventura, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Kern, San Diego Counties.

Although white collar crime usually is nonviolent, penalties if convicted are severe. The penalties for commercial crime can be every bit as painful as those for armed robbery.  This is especially true in federal court. If you or your business are investigated or charged with a white collar crime you must immediately consult an attorney. Schwartz & Powell is uniquely well suited to defend against this type of charge.  Give us a call.

Call us at 805-658-8955.

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by Steven D. Powell Attorney at Law

The dirty little truth about plea bargaining is this: innocent people plead guilty to charges for which they are not actually guilty so as to avoid the risk of greater sentences should they be convicted at trial. People’s risk tolerance can trigger a surrender syndrome causing them to plead guilty merely to get out of jail in a reasonable time.


by Steven D. Powell Attorney at Law

Ventura County criminal defense lawyers with any substantial experience realize, when the proof is there, a defendant should know about and consider plea bargaining. Not every criminal charge should go to trial.

Police Officer Immunity for Violating Fourth Amendment: Can't I Sue?

by Steven D. Powell Attorney at Law

On February 21, 2012, the United States Supreme Court in the case of Messerschmidt v. Millender granted civil lawsuit immunity to police officers executing an invalid search warrant.

Ventura White Collar Crime and Fraud: What Was I Thinking?

by Steven D. Powell Attorney at Law

Schwartz & Powell defends many Ventura fraud criminal cases because of our long and successful history as Ventura’s preeminent criminal defense lawyers. But we also represent defendants and plaintiffs in civil cases for money damages arising from allegations of fraud and sharp dealing.

U.S. Supreme Court : No GPS Tracking Without Warrant

by Steven D. Powell Attorney at Law

The United States Supreme Court recently said warrantless GPS tracking of a cocaine dealer is a violation of the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against unreasonable search and seizure. They reversed his conviction because in this drug case the motion to suppress evidence properly should have been granted. The evidence was obtained through secretly tracking the dealer with a GPS device law enforcement planted under the dealer’s automobile. The court in U.S. v. Jones decided 9-0 that GPS tracking requires a warrant.