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Syracuse, New York has an important history and an exciting present. Housing many fascinating points of interest, it is perhaps best known for the Erie Canal Museum, located in the original 1850 Weighlock Building, which traces the remarkable history of the Erie Canal, the first major waterway to connect New York with Michigan and other parts of the Midwest. Other museums in Syracuse that draw visitors include the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology (MOST), The Everson Museum of Art which has the distinction of being designed by one of the most famous architects in the world, I.M. Pei, and the Salt Museum with its exhibits of the region’s industrial past. In addition to its museums, Syracuse is known for The Landmark Theatre famous as a venue for plays and concerts, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, and, of course, Syracuse University. Beyond its tourist attractions, Syracuse is a center of business, particularly financial business.

As we are all aware, no location, no matter how well-endowed with cultural, educational, and business institutions to be proud of, is without its share of illegal activity and the need for criminal defense attorneys. Fortunately, for residents of Syracuse and other regions of upstate New York, the Law Office of Mark J. Sacco, located in Latham (a suburb of Albany) is prepared to offer vigorous criminal defense services to clients who have been accused or arrested for federal or white collar crimes, who require legal counsel, or who need to file appeals of their convictions.

For the Best Criminal Defense in the Syracuse Area, Come to Law Office of Mark J. Sacco

In today’s complex world, where the spheres of politics, social interaction, and business so often intertwine, ethical and legal lines sometimes become blurred, resulting in a relatively large amount of fraudulent behavior and white collar crime. If you find yourself accused by state or federal prosecutors of committing a crime, you are no doubt aware that you are in serious trouble. State cases of such crimes are prosecuted aggressively by the Attorney General and district attorneys across the state. Criminal activity on the federal level, however, may involve one or more federal agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and/or the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). With such imposing foes looking to investigate, arrest, and prosecute you, it is crucial that you have a powerful litigator on your side, protecting your reputation and your freedom.

Mark Sacco has nearly two decades of experience in defending New York State clients against white collar criminal charges; he also has a track record of successful outcomes. Known to be a tough negotiator and an even tougher litigator, Mark Sacco has the combination of broad legal knowledge and strategic courtroom skills to defend you, and the empathy to support you. He works closely with other professionals to make sure that all areas are covered — surveillance, interviewing of witnesses, accounting, investigation, and accumulation of evidence (both written and computer-stored).

What Is White Collar Crime?

White collar crime was named to differentiate it from street crime. The latter was presumed to be committed by thugs, while the former was believed to be generally committed by those dressed for office work. White collar crime refers to financially motivated, nonviolent crime committed by business and government professionals. It was first defined by sociologist Edwin Sutherland in 1939 as “crime committed by a person of respectability and high social status in the course of his [or her] occupation.”

In a great many cases, white collar crime involves a violation of trust, for example a crime committed by an individual working as an investment counselor, banker, or government employee who is engaged to act in the best interests of the person against whom the crime is committed.

The Law Office of Mark J. Sacco is ready to help you if you have been accused of, or are being investigated for:

  • Bank or securities fraud
  • Credit card fraud
  • Cyber crime
  • Embezzlement
  • Identity theft
  • Immigration fraud
  • Insurance fraud
  • Medicare/Medicaid fraud
  • Money laundering
  • Mortgage/real estate fraud
  • Racketeering/RICO
  • Social Security fraud
  • Tax evasion
  • Unemployment fraud
  • Workers’ compensation fraud

It is worth noting that all these crimes involve the deceit and concealment that characterize fraud. Charges of computer and cyber crimes are now frequently brought under the RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) Act or under the Patriot Act.

Although federal white collar crimes may seem more daunting than state charges, New York State is well-known for its stringent white collar crime laws, so being accused of either type of crime is cause for deep concern. While it is widely known that a conviction for a federal white collar crime can result in stiff financial penalties and long-term incarceration, few people realize that being found guilty under the New York Enterprise Corruption Law, New York State’s version of the RICO Act, may result not only in restitution, fines, and asset forfeiture, but in up to 25 years in prison.

How the Law Office of Mark J. Sacco Will Defend You

While state and federal prosecutors are pursuing you with their big pockets and tireless teams, our office will be working with diligence and agility to create clever strategies to avoid their nets. We have a history of being relentless as well as highly skilled. When you come to our office, you can be sure you will be receiving the best possible criminal defense of white collar crime in the Syracuse area.

We have several known methods to defend you from prosecution, including:

  • Finding errors in documents and data assembled by the prosecution
  • Determining that your civil rights have been violated
  • Demonstrating lack of intent on your part
  • Proving that you were an unknowing participant in a crime committed by others
  • Showing that you were coerced, threatened, or forced into participating in the crime
  • Demonstrating that government officials set you up, induced, or intimidated you to commit the crime (entrapment)

You can rest assured that when you come to our office, we will be truthful with you. While we are positioned to mount the most aggressive defense possible, and fully dedicated to getting the charges against you dropped or obtaining a not guilty verdict, we are also realists. Our extensive experience makes us extremely familiar with the way the system works. If, after thoroughly examining the details of your case, we feel that you will best be served by getting your charges reduced or by plea bargaining, we will guide you through this process. No matter what, we are on your side every step of the way, treating you with the respect you deserve. If your verdict requires an appeal, we are well-prepared to carry your case further. To get in touch with us from Syracuse or anywhere in upstate New York, please call us or fill out a contact form on our website.