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Money Laundering Lawyer Orange County
Money Laundering Orange County Penal Code 186.1First, let the top Money Laundering Lawyers in Orange County give you the relevant law. The relevant portion of the law that is applicable to Money Laundering in Orange County is summarized below. However, the full text of the Money Laundering laws in Orange County can be found in California Penal Code Section 186.1 and Health and Safety Code Section 11370.9. To prove that the defendant is guilty of Money Laundering, the Prosecutor must prove that:
- the defendant
- conducted, or attempted to conduct,
- a transaction through a bank,
- involving a total value of more than $5,000 in a 7-day period, or more than $25,000 in a 30-day period, and
- with the specific intent to promote criminal activity, or
- knowledge that the money came from criminal activity.
- The defendant,
- received, acquired, or engaged,
- in a transaction involving money or property,
- that he knew was derived from a controlled substances offense,
- with the intent to conceal or disguise the source, ownership or control of the money, and
- more than $25,000 was laundered in a 30-day period.
Reducing A Money Laundering Charge To A Lesser CrimeCircumstances may allow the Prosecutor to charge you with Misdemeanor Money Laundering, rather than Felony Money Laundering. Whether your case should be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony will depend on the facts of your case and your criminal record. Our attorneys may be able to show that your Felony Money Laundering charge should be reduced to a Misdemeanor Money Laundering charge. Call today for a free and confidential initial consultation. We can go over the facts of your case and help you understand the possible outcomes, and possible strategies for successfully getting your case reduced or dismissed. Our Money Laundering lawyers in Orange County aggressively challenge the facts of the case. We may be able to get an Investigator to obtain contradictory statements from witnesses. If we can convince the court that the witnesses are not credible, your Money Laundering charges may be reduced and you could avoid jail or prison.
Will I Go To Jail?
Possibilities & Penalties For Money Laundering in Orange CountyMoney Laundering is generally a wobbler, meaning that it can usually be charged as a misdemeanor or felony. Misdemeanor Money Laundering is punishable by a maximum of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Felony Money Laundering may result in a sentence ranging up to four years in state prison or jail and a fine of $250,000 or double the amount of money laundered. As detailed below, your case may be reduced to a lower crime, or your case may be dismissed.
Money Laundering Defenses in Orange County
Our criminal defense attorneys knows the defenses that may help get your Money Laundering charge dismissed. There are a number of defenses to Money Laundering in Orange County, however the applicability of those defenses depends on the facts of your case. For example, as you can see above, the Prosecutor has a lot to prove. We may be able to show that any number of the requirements of the law aren’t met. For instance, we may be able to show that you lacked the intent to promote criminal activity. Also, we may be able to show that you did not know the money was derived from crime or drugs. We may be able to fight the prosecution’s valuation of the money laundered. If we can show that some of the money was legitimate then your charges may be reduced or dismissed. A common discrepancy that we may take advantage of is that the amount of money you laundered is less than the statutory requirements. We can challenge the Prosecutor’s valuations to show that you technically did not violate the law because you did not move as much money as alleged.
Another common defense is that the police did something wrong while investigating your case. For instance, if the Officer who stopped you did not have reasonable suspicion to stop and detain you then our Money Laundering lawyers in Orange County may be able to get your case dismissed. Also, if you were detained by Officers who used an unreasonable amount of force then that may be a defense in your case. Also, if you have been charged with multiple counts of Money Laundering, we may be able to get all of your charges consolidated into one charge, with one penalty.