What Constitutes Bank Fraud?

Bank fraud is a term that gets thrown around on a fairly regular basis, but the truth of the matter is that it’s a blanket term for a number of other crimes. That’s why in today’s post, we thought we’d take a look at a few of the things that constitute bank fraud.

And, of course, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention that if you are being investigated for one of the crimes below, the team of experts at the Law Offices of Robert J. DeGroot would be glad to take on your case, tenaciously fighting for your rights in your time of need.

Bank Fraud 101

Check Forgery

Check forgery can encompass a number of more specific crimes such as stealing another person’s checks, printing fake checks, altering checks, and more. At the end of the day, if it has to do with a check, it is considered a form of check forgery which itself is a form of bank fraud.

Fake Loans

There are a number of different fake loans out there, but Wikipedia sums them up quite nicely by stating that fraudulent loans are ones “in which the borrower is a business entity controlled by a dishonest bank officer or an accomplice; the “borrower” then declares bankruptcy or vanishes and the money is gone.”

Wire Fraud

In many instances, the general public only has a vague idea of how a wire transfer actually works. They see them done to offshore accounts in blockbuster movies and they may have had money wired into an escrow account when closing on a home, but uninsured institutions are often a recipe for wire fraud. The aforementioned offshore accounts are seen as good places to stow money people don’t want authorities to see, but it can be a gamble to to deal with offshore banks and they are considered at high risk for fraud.

Money Laundering

That’s right; under certain circumstances, money laundering can also be considered bank fraud. Like many of the other instances mentioned above, people often have a hard time grasping what, exactly, money laundering is. Investopedia sums it up well by saying that it “is the process of creating the appearance that large amounts of money obtained from criminal activity…originated from a legitimate source and that “the money from the illicit activity is considered dirty, and the process ‘launders’ the money to make it look clean.”

Have You Been Accused of Bank Fraud?

If so, finding a criminal defense attorney is in your best interest. At the Law Offices of Robert DeGroot, we have defended countless clients against charges that were leveled at them and we would be glad to join your cause to prove your innocence.

Regardless of the situation at hand, our team of experts will approach your case with care and attention to detail with a goal of securing the outcome you’re looking for. It’s as simple as that. Contact us today for a free and confidential consultation. We look forward to fighting for you.

New Year’s Resolutions From Our Criminal Law Firm

It’s that time of year again where people all over the world are settling into their resolutions for the new year. For some, it’s trying to get in shape and eat healthier foods; for others, it’s a plan to delve deeper into a hobby and spend more time doing it. At the Law Offices of Robert J. DeGroot, we’re making a few resolutions ourselves.

You see, our team believes that it’s important to continue growing. It is our goal to make this year our best one yet and that’s why in today’s blog we would like to share a few of the resolutions that we’ll be making as a team. What’s in store for us in 2018? Keep reading to find out!

Our Goals for 2018

Help More People In Their Time of Need

As a criminal defense firm in Newark, our goal has always been to help people when they need it the most. We’re here to stand up for the people who have been accused of committing crimes as they navigate their way through an often-complex legal process. We know that it can be hard to even know where to begin, but that’s what we’re here for.

It only makes sense then that our goal is to be there for more people this year. As you can probably imagine, we’re in a fairly competitive line of work, but we will be doubling down on our effort to be there for any new clients who come our way in the new year.

Improve the Way We Relate to People

With nearly four decades of experience, attorney Robert J. DeGroot has pretty much seen it all. In his time as a criminal defense lawyer, he has helped people facing charges of bank fraud, tax fraud, mortgage fraud, and a number of other white collar crimes.

Having seen it all just means that we know how to relate people in their time of need. We know what you’re going through because we have seen it before. This allows us to be empathetic to your situation and be there for you in a unique way. Although we feel that this is already an expertise of ours, as a team, we will be making an effort to learn more about our clients because our biggest goal is to make sure that you feel well taken care of when you choose to work with us. It’s as simple as that.

Be the Best at What We Do

At the end of the day, our goal is to be the best team around. When you need to find a white collar crime attorney in Newark or the surrounding area, we want you to know that the Law Offices of Robert J. DeGroot represents the best of the best.

We’ll be looking for new ways to hone our skills in order to become more efficient and effective at what we do. This results in a better experience for our clients and more cases the end the way you want them to. Whatever comes your way, you can rest assured that we will work tenaciously to defend your rights and fight for you. You deserve nothing but that best, and that’s exactly what you’ll get when you choose to work with the Law Offices of Robert J. DeGroot.

Contact Our Team Today

No matter what comes your way in 2018, we want you to know that we will be here to take great care of you. When you need someone who has your best interests at heart during a stressful time, look no further. Contact us today for a free initial consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.

Why You Might Have a Blue Christmas Without a White Collar Crime Lawyer

When people think about the holidays, they imagine being surrounded by friends and family members, laughing, eating food, and enjoying the look of surprise on their loved one’s faces when they open the perfect gift. If you’ve been accused of committing a white collar crime, however, you might be feeling a little differently.

Fortunately for you, esteemed white collar crime lawyer Robert J. DeGroot is here to take on your case. The truth of the matter is that the criminal justice system doesn’t get put on hold for the holidays. In short, if a member of law enforcement has evidence that you have committed a crime, you might be accused or arrested.

You Need Someone On Your Side That You Can Trust

Generally speaking, when people think of a white Christmas, they’re picturing snow on the ground, sledding down hills, and building snowmen. What they’re not thinking of is a white collar crime Christmas.

As we mentioned above, however, if you’re dealing with accusations of having committed a white collar crime, it can make the holiday season a little less joyful and a lot more stressful. The good news is that hiring the right attorney can make all the difference in your case. Of course there are different circumstances that can lead to different incomes, but when you put your trust in the Law Offices of Robert J. DeGroot, you can rest assured that we’re going to work hard to fight for you.

We Will Tenaciously Fight For Your Rights

Regardless of the situation that you find yourself in, it can be incredibly overwhelming to have accusations looming over you. You want to be able to spend this time of year enjoying your family, going to holiday parties, and exchanging gifts with friends. Knowing that you’ve been accused of committing a white collar crime can really put a damper on things.

But, as you are not doubt aware, this season is all about hope. That’s what we’d like to represent for you. People are falsely accused of crimes on a regular basis, so whatever your unique circumstances look like, what you need to know is that our team of experts is fully dedicated to fighting hard for your rights. For over four decades, attorney Robert J. DeGroot has been defending people in New Jersey, New York, and the surrounding area against accusations of all kinds.

At the end of the day, we believe that you deserve to have someone who knows the ins and outs of the criminal justice system–and the specific issue at hand–who can help you to navigate your way through the ins and outs of such a complicated process. As you are no doubt aware, there is often a mountain of paperwork that accompanies such issues. Navigating it can be challenging. Dealing with paperwork in addition to everything else that you have going on can be downright impossible.

The Law Offices of Robert J. DeGroot to the Rescue

Fortunately for you, our goal is to make your life a little easier. We can help to take some of the stress out of your situation and free you up to deal with anything else you need to handle this holiday season. When you need a criminal defense attorney who specializes in white collar crimes, look no further.

We’d love nothing more than to make your holiday season merry and bright. Take care of things now so you can start enjoying the rest of your holiday to its fullest. Contact our team today to schedule a free initial consultation. Reach out online or give us a call at 973-643-1930.

And, of course, we’d like to wish you a safe and happy holiday season!

A Few Things to Be Thankful For This Holiday Season

Many people here in the United States celebrated Thanksgiving recently and in just a few more weeks we’ll be gearing up for another holiday. For some of us, it’s Christmas. For others, it is Hanukkah. Still others will be preparing for Ramadan. The point is that at this time of year, there is plenty to be thankful for, and that’s true whether you celebrate one of the holidays above or something else entirely. Whether it’s Festivus or something else, getting into the spirit of the holiday means examining the things that surround us. 

This season is often one of quiet reflection about the things in life that we usually take for granted. At the Law Offices of Robert J. DeGroot, we believe that there is always something to be thankful for, but if you have recently been accused of committing a white collar crime, it can be pretty tough to get into the holiday spirit! Getting a phone call or a letter and hearing that you’re being investigated is enough to put a damper on pretty much anyone’s holiday cheer. Chances are that your stress level might be running pretty high and that you are feeling anything but thankful about the situation that you’re in, but we want you to know that if you are anxious about your situation, our team is here to help. Each and every member of our staff is dedicated to helping you reach the outcome you’re looking for. Keep reading to learn more!

You Can Be Thankful For…

Our Experience

It almost certainly goes without saying that you will want to find the best white collar crime lawyer you can to help defend you against the charges that have been leveled at you. Fortunately for you, Robert J. DeGroot has over forty years of experience in working with situations just like yours. Yes, all scenarios are going to be a bit different, but you want to know that you can put your trust in someone who has some experience with a situation like yours. 

Our Attitudes

You’ll also want to find a lawyer who is tenacious about getting the job done the right way. Each and every member of our team displays a dedication for bringing 100% of our effort to the job day in and day out. We know that the work we do can change the lives of the people we are working with and you can always rely on us to have a good attitude and a top-notch work ethic that makes a difference at the end of the day. Who you work with has a lot to do with your attitude and when you choose to work with us, we will bring our A game to the table every single day.

Our Track Record of Success

Plenty of experience and a great attitude are all for nothing if we don’t get results. The fact of the matter, however, is that with over four decades of experience in this industry, we have pretty much seen and done it all–and we’ve gotten our clients the results they were looking for. Although we can’t guarantee an outcome for your unique situation, you can count on our past record of success and know that we aim to replicate those results for each and every one of our clients.

Get the Help You Need

Although it can seem like your current situation is overshadowing all of the best things in your life and making it difficult to find things to be thankful for, a little bit of self reflection will often show you that that’s not the case. Look to the things you can count on in life to be the support you need to help you make it through. Friends, family members, and a great lawyer can make a night and day difference in how you deal with life when things get hard!

Regardless of your situation, we’re here to help–even during the holidays. Contact our team today to schedule a free initial consultation. We look forward to being one more thing that you’re thankful for this holiday season and you can put your trust in us to provide you with the help you need.

Searching for Reviews for the Law Offices of Robert J. DeGroot?

In our previous blog, we let potential clients know what they can expect from our team should they choose to work with us. We strive to go above and beyond for each and every one of our clients by providing them with high quality defense that takes everything into consideration in an effort to secure a positive outcome. With over forty years of experience, we’re proud of the work that we do and we love the opportunity to represent the people of New Jersey when they need a good white collar crime lawyer.

However we also feel that it’s important for our potential clients to see what others are saying about us. That’s why we decided to write today’s blog highlighting a few of our reviews from around the web. Let’s take a look at what others are saying about the Law Offices of Robert J. DeGroot!

A Review from Joseph

“He is the finest lawyer in the state of New Jersey!”

This review comes from Joseph on Facebook. It’s short and to the point, but we really appreciate the sentiment nonetheless! We do strive to be the best team in the state and there’s nothing we love more than hearing that one of our clients appreciated the work we did. Thanks so much for the kind review, Joseph.

As of the time of this writing, we have a 5 star rating on our Facebook page. 

A Review from John

“Mr. DeGroot has represented me for several decades in numerous litigations and issues. He is one of the most accomplished and fair attorney’s I have ever dealt with. He will advocate for you as though it was his own personal issue. I recommend him highly.”

Thanks for the review, John. It has been our pleasure working with you over the years and we wish you nothing but the best.

This review was found on avvo.com where we currently have a 5 star rating based on six reviews. Head on over to Avvo to see what others have to say about us!

An Article on nj.com

You can also read about one of our more recent cases over at nj.com. In that trial, our client was found not guilty in a high profile case where the jury deliberated for two full days. The article notes that “attorney Frank Capece, 65, of Cranford, was found not guilty on charges of  official misconduct, tampering with public records, hindering prosecution records and conspiracy.” Our team is proud to have represented Mr. Capece and secured the outcome he was looking for.

If you are a previous client of ours, we’d love to hear from you as well. Feel free to leave a review and let us know how we did!

We’re Here to Help

Of course the best thing to do if you find yourself in need of a white collar crime lawyer is to simply give us a call for a free consultation. We’d be glad to hear your story and let you ask us any questions you may have. The best thing you can do for yourself if you need a lawyer is to speak with the people you’re considering working with to find the best fit.

We’d love the opportunity to chat with you. Feel free to contact us online or give us a call at 973-643-1930 today. Like the reviewers above, we believe that you’ll agree that we know how to provide our clients with 5 star representation. You deserve to have someone in your corner who knows how to get results and we want you to know that we’ll go above and beyond for you every single time. Contact us today. We look forward to working with you!

3 Things to Do If You’re Accused of White Collar Crime

Finding out that you have been accused of committing a white collar crime can sometimes come as a massive shock. For many people, it is easy to immediately feel stressed and overwhelmed about the situation. It can be incredibly difficult to decide what your course of action should be and it often seems like the clock is ticking and you need to make a decision.

While it is true that you should come up with a plan of action quickly, getting overwhelmed can sometimes make the situation worse. Fortunately for you, we have a few tips on how to handle this very topic in today’s blog. Wondering what you should do if you find yourself in this situation? Keep reading to learn more!

Don’t Panic

The first thing you need to do is to remind yourself not to panic. You might find that this is the hardest thing to do in this situation and if that’s the case, our suggestion is to go ahead and allow yourself to feel the panic for a short period of time. After that time is up, let it go completely and move forward. Being nervous is completely normal, but allowing panic to overtake you is not in your best interest. Once you have settled down a bit, it’s time to form a plan and move on to the next step.

Find the Right Lawyer

This is probably the most important part of the entire process. We mentioned above that it might feel like you’re racing against the clock to formulate a plan, but one of the keys to your success will be taking the time to find the right lawyer to help you. Perhaps you have a friend, family member, or other loved one who can make a suggestion. More than likely, however, you will have to do a bit of searching to find a particular white collar crime attorney who is familiar with the crime you have been accused of.

Take the time to do a bit of research, reading reviews if you can, and perhaps even speaking to the lawyers you are considering. Your goal at this point should be to get an overview of the options available to you and then start narrowing down. Generally speaking, you’ll want to work with someone who has plenty of experience and has a proven track record of success in the area of your alleged crime. Once you have a few options in mind, it’s time to move on to the next step.

Schedule a Consultation

After you have narrowed down your options, the next thing to do is actually call an attorney and schedule a consultation. Many lawyers will offer free consultations where you can tell them about your situation and get to know them a bit. This is in your best interest because it allows you to find the lawyer who is the right fit for you.

At the Law Offices of Robert J. DeGroot, we fit the bill for what you’re looking for. With over four decades of experience in defending against all types of crimes and a proven track record for navigating our way through complex legal issues, we are here to help. Not only will we tenaciously work to defend you, but we also offer the aforementioned free consultations that will allow us to speak with one another. No matter what you’re up against, our team is here to provide you with the help you need to make it through such a difficult time. Take advantage of the consultation to fill us in on the details of your case and we can talk about what strategy we would employ to assist you.

We’re Here For You

Whatever situation you find yourself in, just know that when you need a white collar crime attorney who knows how to get the job done right, we are here to help. We know exactly what you’re going through and you have our word that we will fight hard for you with the end goal being a positive outcome for your situation. You deserve to work with the best attorney in Newark and when you choose the Law Offices of Robert J. DeGroot, that’s exactly what you’ll get. Contact us today.

Just Now Finding Out That You Are Accused of Committing Tax Fraud?

You’re going about your day as you normally would. Wake up, take a quick shower, brush your teeth. You head downstairs to start the coffee maker and grab the newspaper from the front porch before stepping out the door and heading out to work. Your day at the office is the same as usual–you fire up your computer, respond to what seems like a million emails, and attend a meeting or two.

At the end of the day, you head home from work and that’s when you get the phone call–you are being investigated for tax fraud. “Tax fraud?” you wonder to yourself. “But I filed my taxes way back in March!” Needless to say, you might be feeling more than a little bit confused. If you’ve never been accused of committing tax fraud before–and let’s hope that this is true for most of the people who might be reading this blog–then you may assume that you’ll be notified of such an accusation shortly after you file your taxes.

So What Happened Exactly?

The truth of the matter is that regardless of when you file your taxes, authorities are still looking for cases where tax fraud may have been committed. It doesn’t matter if they uncover it in April or in August, the fact remains that people do commit tax fraud and that others are actively looking to uncover evidence of a crime.

Of course being accused of committing tax fraud doesn’t necessarily mean that you are guilty! Thankfully here in the United States, you are innocent until proven guilty. The thing that can be terrifying for a number of people, however, is knowing that there are people out there who are actively looking to uncover evidence of a crime. That can be disconcerting if you filed your taxes normally and are then alerted to the fact that you are under investigation.

Hiring a Good Tax Fraud Attorney is the Answer

Just like with any of the crimes that are committed, there are instances where the guilty end up in jail and other times they go unpunished. Similarly, you may be innocent of the crime you are accused for, but that doesn’t mean that you’re automatically off the hook. That’s where having a good criminal defense attorney can play a large part. The task of proving your innocence falls to you and you’ll need someone in your corner who knows the ins and outs of the charges that have been leveled against you. That’s where we come in.

At the Law Offices of Robert J. DeGroot, our goal is to provide you with the defense you need in the middle of a difficult and stressful situation. We’ve been in the business long enough to have seen it all and we can truly empathize with what you’re going through. Having someone you can count on to uncover all of the facts in your case and then fight tenaciously for you, defending your rights and building a case in your defense, is vitally crucial.

Schedule a Consultation Today

In times like these, it can feel like everything is falling apart and that there is nowhere to turn for help. When your whole world is thrown into chaos, it can be difficult to make decisions, but we want you to know that we’re here for you. You deserve to be backed by a team that supports you and that’s what we’re here for. We’ll work with you every step of the way to ensure that we reach a positive outcome for your particular situation so you can get back to your normal life. It’s as simple as that.

No matter what you’re up against, you should know that there is help. If you’re in the Newark area and you have recently been accused of a crime, the team at the Law Offices of Robert J. DeGroot can help to take great care of you during your trying time. We have over four decades of experience in dealing with cases like yours and we would love to speak with you. Feel free to reach out to us today to get a free consultation. We look forward to helping you through the situation you’re in!

Looking for the Best White Collar Crime Attorney in New Jersey?

Are you on a mission to find the best white collar crime attorney in New Jersey? Then you’re in luck, because the team at the Law Offices of Robert J. DeGroot is here to help! Led by some of the best people in the business, we will fight for your rights. As an American, you have the right to an attorney and it’s always in your best interest to collaborate with someone who knows the ins and outs of the charges that have been brought against you.

But what exactly is it that makes our staff so great at what we do? That’s the topic of today’s blog, so we’ll explore it further, but the thing you need to know is that whether you are being charged with embezzlement, credit card fraud, insurance fraud, money laundering, securities fraud, tax fraud, health care fraud, or even mortgage fraud, we will do all of the work necessary to uncover all of the facts and help you to build a strong defense for your case. You deserve to be represented by the best, so keep reading to find out exactly what that means.

We Will Tenaciously Defend You

No matter what it is that you’re up against, you deserve to have an attorney that will really go to bat for you. When you’re facing a difficult situation and you are having a rough go of it, you want to know that your attorney has your back. You want to be able to rely on the person representing you to defend you in such a way that you truly feel well represented.

Knowing and understanding the rights that you have as an American citizen is sometimes a tricky thing. This is especially true if you are being accused of having committed a white collar crime. That’s why it is so vitally important to have someone who knows the ins and outs of the system who will fight hard to defend you. Our team prides itself on being both proactive and aggressive in our defense, helping you to navigate such a complex field and secure a positive outcome for your particular situation.

Our Team Has Experience

Of course it is also vitally important to work with someone who has the experience that is necessary to work through such complex cases. As a white collar crime attorney, Robert J. DeGroot will bring over four decades of experience to the table in order to fight for you. We always say that bringing on a lawyer as early as you possibly can is in your best interest. That means that as soon as you are aware that you are being investigated for a crime, it’s time to speak with an attorney..

We also want you to know that sometimes we understand that for whatever reason, you may have waited to give us a call. Although speaking with an attorney as early as possible is best, we will gladly take on your case at any point in time, bringing our tenacity and determination to the table in order to take the best possible care of you. You deserve to have someone on your side who has worked on cases like yours in the past. That’s exactly what you get when you choose to work with us. With forty years of experience, we are well poised to be in your corner no matter what situation you may be facing.

Our Consultations Are Confidential

When you speak with us, we treat your situation with the utmost confidentiality. Having someone on your side who you can speak with about the details of your particular case is vitally important and when you call us for an initial consultation to see if you’d like to enlist our services, you can rest assured that everything we talk about stays private.

If you need a criminal defense attorney, look no further. We have the skill, experience, and drive to be there for you when you need help the most. Having powerful defense against state or federal criminal charges that have been leveled against you is an absolute must. White collar crime attorneys are known for being able to deal with intense and often complex issues. Fortunately for you, that’s exactly what we specialize in. If you’re in Newark–or any of the other cities nearby for that matter–and you are facing charges, put your trust in our team to go above and beyond for you.

Schedule an Appointment With Us Today

You may be feeling stressed out–which, of course, is a perfectly natural reaction–but what you shouldn’t be feeling is confused. Dealing with situations like the one you’re in can often be confusing, overwhelming, and difficult, but when you have our team in your corner, you can rest assured that we’ll take great care of you, explaining our strategy to help you out every step of the way. After all, putting our clients at ease and taking great care of them is what makes us the best.

No matter what situation you are facing, the team at the Law Offices of Robert J. DeGroot will take your case seriously, working hard to show you exactly what it means to be a great white collar crime attorney. You deserve to work with someone who will treat you with respect and work hard to clear your name. That’s exactly what you’ll get when you choose to work with us. Contact us today.

What Happens When You’re Charged With a Crime

The majority of people out there have never been charged with a crime. That means that if it happens to you, it can come as quite the shock! But what is it that happens when you’re charged with a crime? Is it always the same? Are there any particular things that you should definitely do? Are there things you should definitely not do?

At The Law Offices of Robert J. DeGroot, our goal is to take your difficult situation and make it a bit easier for you. We know that what you’re going through is probably incredibly difficult to navigate, but we strive to provide our clients with the best possible service. That’s why in today’s blog, we’ll take a look at a few of the things you might expect in your situation. Keep reading to learn more!

You Will Likely Be Arrested

In the event of a white collar crime–or most other crimes for that matter–the first thing you can expect is to be arrested. Depending on where you live, the amount of time it takes for the next step can vary a bit, but in general, you can expect to be charged with a crime after your arrest. Most of the time this happens within a couple of days, but depending on your situation, the charge (or charges) that is initially brought against you could change to something else by the time everything is said and done.

Hire a White Collar Crime Lawyer

We’ve said this a number of times on our blog, but hiring an attorney as early on in the process as you can is always your best move to make. Having someone you trust by your side is absolutely invaluable, but having a lawyer who has plenty of experience in dealing with cases similar to yours and who knows how to help you navigate through the process of what’s to come is absolutely vital.

When you hire a lawyer, you will want to be certain that he or she has experience in working with the types of cases that are similar to yours. After all, would you rather have someone who has some experience in other areas, but none in yours, or someone who has been practicing law in the area of your case for years? You will very likely be feeling stress and pressure during a situation as difficult as this and having the right attorney by your side during the process can help to negate some of those feelings and replace them with optimism for what’s to come.

By Your Side Every Step of the Way

No matter how the situation plays out–whether you have a preliminary hearing or not–your lawyer will be with you each step of the way. The Law Offices of Robert J. DeGroot are located in Newark, NJ and if you’re in our neck of the woods, we’d be glad to take on your case. Our team of dedicated individuals helps to make your life a bit easier.

With over four decades of experience, white collar crime lawyer Robert J. DeGroot knows what it takes to secure a positive resolution for his clients. Backed by a team of associates and paralegals, our law firm will fight for you by utilizing our experience and a commitment to personal service and we’ll be there for you every step of the way. No matter what you’re up against, we want you to know that there is hope when you put your trust in us.

Schedule a Free Consultation

We are happy to provide our potential clients with a free initial consultation. It is completely confidential and you can speak to us about the specifics of what’s going on with your case and see if you think working with us would be a good fit. If you choose to move forward with us, you can rely on our team to work hard for you. You deserve to be well represented no matter what it is that you’re up against and we would be glad to fight for you.

Feel free to contact us online to set up a time to speak or give us a call at 973-643-1930 if you’d rather speak on the phone right away. We look forward to hearing from you!

3 Reasons to Get the Best White Collar Crime Lawyer You Can

If you’re under investigation for a white collar crime, chances are that you’re wondering what your next steps should be. It’s a piece of advice you’ll find often on our blog, but we feel that it always bears repeating so that people set themselves up for success–you should hire a white collar crime lawyer as early in the process as you can.

For some people, hiring a lawyer seems like an unnecessary step because they know they didn’t commit any crimes and they think they have nothing to fear. For others it’s something they think they should do only in the days leading up to the trial. The truth of the matter is that the earlier you have a lawyer on your side, the better off you’re likely to be.

Is having a lawyer going to automatically get you off the hook? It’s not likely, but we strongly believe that having someone you can consult with before you answer any questions or make any decisions will always be to your benefit. That’s why the team at the Law Offices of Robert J. DeGroot has put together this blog. It’s in your best interest to hire a great lawyer. Keep reading to see a few of the things we think you need to look for.

What Qualities Should a Truly Great White Collar Crime Lawyer Have?

You Need Someone With Experience

To put it simply, your best bet is always to go with someone who has plenty of experience in defending against the type of charges that have been brought against you. Just like with many other areas of expertise, different lawyers have different focuses that they employ at their practice. Think of it this way–you wouldn’t go to a brain surgeon to have your knee examined. Similarly, you need to find a lawyer who specializes in the area of crime you’re being charged with. It’s the best way to set yourself up for success.

You Need Someone With Knowledge

Alongside of experience is knowledge in how to approach a situation and what steps need to be taken along the way. This is why we always recommend taking a bit of time to speak with a couple of different lawyers before making a decision about who to work with if you can. We know that you might be feeling crunched for time, so doing a bit of research on the internet can also be in your best interest.

For the record, as of the time of this writing, attorney Robert J. DeGroot has a 5-star rating on both Google, Lawyers.com, and Facebook and a 94% rating on Avvo.

You Need Someone With a Track Record of Success

It’s also important to find someone to work with who knows how to get the job done right. After all, what good is it to partner with a law firm who can’t seem to win a case? If you take the time to read the reviews mentioned above, you’ll see that time and time again, our team has fought for the legal rights of those we are representing and secured a positive outcome even though the situation was difficult. Finding an attorney who does the same means that you’re setting yourself up for success as much as you can. Are you guaranteed to win your case? Unfortunately not, but having the odds on your side makes things much better.

We’re Here to Help

At the Law Offices of Robert J. DeGroot, our goal is to provide our clients with the help they need to make it through a difficult time. We know that what you’re experiencing is likely stressful and frustrating, but we want you to know that there is hope even when it seems like the situation has grown dire. When you put your trust in our team of experts you can count on us to attack the case from every possible angle and look for the ideal solution to your problem.

When you choose to work with our team, you can rest assured that you are working with the best of the best. By combining knowledge, experience, and a track record of success, we can put together an approach to your unique situation that makes sense for you. We’ll also be there to discuss every aspect of your case with you each step of the way to make sure that we are all on the same page and know how to attack the situation moving forward.

Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Team Today

We believe that you deserve to work with someone who knows how to handle your case. Sure all of the details can vary from situation to situation, but you can count on us to put our maximum effort towards securing a positive outcome for your case.

At the end of the day, our goal is to be the best at what we do and we’ll go above and beyond to provide you with the help you need. No matter what your situation looks like, we’d be glad to sit down with you and have a conversation about what you’re expecting from us and what the details in your particular situation look like. We offer free initial consultations so you can make sure that working with us is a good fit for you, so feel free to contact us online today or give us a call at 973-643-1930 to get started.