White collar crime is a financially motivated, nonviolent crime committed for illegal monetary gain.
It is “a crime committed by a person of respectability and high social status in the course of his occupation.” (per 1939 by Edwin Sutherland).
But this phrase has to be modified nowadays. White collar crime, fraud and regulatory problems know no boundaries. They can be committed by persons in all walks of life.
The most common white collar offences include : antitrust violation, computer and internet fraud, credit card fraud, phone and telemarketing fraud, bankruptcy fraud, healthcare fraud, insurance fraud, mail fraud, tax evasion, securities fraud, insider trading, bribery, kickbacks, counterfeiting, copyright infringement, money laundering, ponzi schemes, embezzlement and trade secret theft.
The duty of solicitor includes acting for clients who are victims of fraud. Sometimes, the solicitor advices clients who become involved in investigations and proceedings by criminal and regulatory agencies.