Law Office of Attorney

H. Manuel Hernández, P.A.

Criminal Defense Attorney, Criminal Appeals, Federal Defense Lawyer, Complex Civil Litigation

37 N. Orange Avenue, Suite 500, Orlando, FL 32801

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 916692, Longwood, FL 32791  Free Initial Consultation Se habla español

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White Collar Crime Lawyer, Federal and State Courts

White Collar Crime

Bank Fraud


Mail Fraud

Tax Fraud

Securities Fraud

Money Laundering

Drug trafficking

Wire Fraud

Racketeering (RICO) cases

Healthcare fraud

Public Corruption

Tax Evasion


Attorney H. Manuel Hernandez is an experienced board certified criminal defense lawyer that has represented individuals charged with crimes considered "white collar" such as healthcare fraud, money laundering, bank fraud, securities fraud, tax fraud, internet gambling.  Organizations sometime do not know the risks and consequences of filing fraudulent documents which in many cases could be severe.  If you are under investigation or have been charged with a white collar crime, call attorney Hernandez.  The sooner he can start representing you, the best chance of getting a positive outcome.  You need an experienced criminal defense lawyer.

Understanding the Elements of Federal Crimes

By H. Manuel Hernández, Esquire

Every case must be viewed through the prism of its own facts and applicable law at the time those facts occurred. In most cases, that view changes as the case progresses, and the attorney becomes more familiar with the facts, the evidence, and the applicable law. The goal, however, remains constant: avoiding the charges in the first instance and, if necessary, an acquittal of the client if charges are filed. Thus, understanding any case is an evolving process requiring repeated examination and reexamination of the evidence, the law, and the options available based on the evidence and the law as they are known to exist at the time.

What follows is a brief discussion of the elements of offenses to many of the most commonly prosecuted federal criminal statutes. It is extremely useful to examine all potential charges, the elements of each, and the facts as they are known at the time, to help determine any real exposure to potential criminal charges. Doing this will also help in the defense investigation and review of the facts, documents, and other possible evidence, and in preparing any planned attempt to convince the prosecutor and the agents that there was no crime intentionally committed by anyone, and, if necessary, in eventually preparing the defense for trial.



This website has been designed to provide educational information only and is not intended to offer legal advice. Every case is unique and outcomes will vary depending upon the facts and legal issues of your case. Please do not make any decisions about any legal matter without consulting with an attorney first. There is no Attorney Client relationship formed by any use of the information provided