Blue Collar And White Collar Crime: What’s The Difference?

The terms “white collar” and “blue collar” are used to refer to groups of people based on their socioeconomic classes and the nature of their jobs. These terms are also used to describe different types of crime. In today’s blog, we’ll take look at the difference between your average blue collar crime and a white collar crime.

Blue Collar Crime

When a man is described as “blue collar,” that typically means that he works in a job consisting mostly of manual labor, or that his job requires a low skill level and pays low wages. Blue collar crimes, though rarely actually called that, are generally perpetrated by people in the working class and require little to no resources or power to commit. For example, assault, robbery, and theft are all considered blue collar crimes. The damages of this type of crime are usually physical, such as the injury of an assault victim, and the perpetrator often has to be present at the scene of the crime.

White Collar Crime

A person described as “white collar” typically works in a clerical, administrative, or other professional setting. In fact, the term “white collar” derives from a businessman’s starched, white-collared shirt. A white collar crime is a crime committed by someone in a high socioeconomic class. It also requires resources and power to be committed; these kinds of resources are particular in that they are only accessible to white collar workers. A few examples of white collar crimes include embezzlement, insurance fraud, and tax evasion. The damages of this type of crime are generally to the victim’s resources or money, and the perpetrator does not have to be present at the scene of the crime.

Looking for a White Collar Crime Lawyer in Newark?

The Law Offices of Robert J. DeGroot can provide defense if you’re facing a white collar crime charge in the Newark area. Regardless of the situation you find yourself in, you can count on us to be there for you when you need help the most. At the end of the day, we believe that it’s in your best interest to work with someone who has experience. Robert J. DeGroot has over four decades of experience in fighting to defend the rights of his clients. Contact us today for defense by a criminal defense lawyer you can rely on in your time of need. We’ll be here to take great care of you.