Federal Securities and Broker Fraud
In recent years, individuals in the financial services industry have come under fire with intense scrutiny from regulators and law enforcement agencies. Many people under investigation by the SEC or FINRA may also find themselves the subject of parallel criminal proceedings. A conviction on securities fraud or a serious regulatory violation can lead to immeasurable personal and professional harm. The mere allegation of fraud can significantly damage your reputation. If you are under investigation for alleged securities violations, it is absolutely vital that you hire a lawyer with extensive experience in the field of white collar criminal defense.
The Cogdell Law Firm defends securities brokers, owners of funds that sell securities, corporate officers and other people involved in complex financial fraud allegations. Attorney Dan Cogdell has defended clients charged with crimes involving amounts ranging from $2 million to literally billions in losses. He was one of the first defense attorneys in Texas to successfully defend mortgage-backed securities cases.
Typical securities offenses involve:
- Allegations of insider trading
- Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) violations
- Breach of fiduciary duty
- Claims against brokers
- Securities fraud claims
The punishments for financial crimes are punitive, and can be far more severe than most people believe. Under the federal sentencing scheme, an individual almost never receives probation if there is a conviction. In fact, lengthy prison sentences are far more common than not, and if confinement is ordered by a judge, an inmate in the federal system typically serves about 85 percent of the time assessed, as parole has been effectively abolished.
Given the draconian nature of the potential exposure, qualified, experienced and committed counsel is no luxury if you are accused. Such is a necessity.
Get The Cogdell Law Firm, Involved as Early as Possible
Before federal prosecutors formally charge someone with a white collar crime, they may have already compiled a significant amount of evidence. This is one reason why it is so important to have a criminal defense attorney in the earliest stages of your case. As soon as you know you are the subject of an investigation, you should contact our law firm. Through aggressive investigation and preparation, it may be possible to prevent charges from ever being filed. Of course, this can happen only if an experienced and competent professional is hired early on in the process.
Securities and Broker Fraud Defense Attorney Serving Texas and the United States
Trust that your freedom and your future are in the hands of an experienced lawyer. Choose The Cogdell Law Firm. To arrange a consultation with a top-voted Houston financial crimes lawyer, call 713-426-2244 or contact us online.