Busted But Not Responsible? Tips For Your Defense

If you've been arrested for a crime you didn't commit, you need to defend your legal rights. You have the right to an attorney who can help you present your case. After being wrongly accused of something myself, I learned quickly how to navigate the legal avenues to have my case dismissed. My attorney was a great resource for building the case, and because of my understanding of the law, it worked. I created this site to share what I learned along the way and some other great tips for others who have been wrongly accused and arrested for a crime.

The Criminal Law Rainbow: Why Some Criminal Colors Get Worse Sentences Than Others

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Most people would never associate a rainbow with criminal law. Yet, there are several colors given to subsets of crime. The colors are associated with the nature of the crimes, and each crime color of the criminal law rainbow has its assigned punishments as well. You may have heard of white or blue collar crime, but there are many more than that. If you have been charged with a crime, you can see which "color" your crime falls under, and what kind of punishment you can expect if you are convicted of that crime. 

White Collar Crime

White collar crime has to do with those who used to wear white button-down shirts in business. The high Victorian collars of a hundred years ago is the origin of the color-naming for business crimes. These crimes include embezzlement, fraud, money laundering, stealing from investors, employees, and/or consumers, etc.. These crimes do not hurt people physically, and therefore are considered non-violent for sentencing purposes. Usually, the sentences are between a few months to a decade or more, depending on which of these crimes you have been charged with and how much or how often you did it.

Blue Collar Crime

Blue collar crime is any petty crime committed by someone from a lower class. This includes assault, petty theft, grand larceny, hit and run crimes, breaking and entering with intent to cause harm or to steal, etc.. There may be some element of violence attached to these crimes, given their association with the lower classes and the desperation these criminals may feel trying to get ahead and do better in life. If you are not a CEO, and you have not committed a white collar crime, you may be considered a blue collar criminal. Punishments are much more severe, and are based on the level of violence involved in the crime.

Pink Collar Crime

You are only a pink collar criminal if A) you are a woman, and B) you are convicted of white collar crimes. It seems redundant and somewhat sexist to refer to female white collar criminals as "pink collar criminals," but considering that most women would not attempt to steal billions or even millions from a company, it seems fair enough to use the color pink to describe women who have done these crimes. (Psychologically speaking, women are not wired for extremely violent or extremely risky behavior, such as stealing $53 million from a city government!)

Red Collar Crime

Red collar crime is what happens when a white collar criminal goes after a target with intense aggressiveness and the intent or result is assault with force, assault with a deadly weapon, or murder. This is much more serious than the other color crimes listed above as you now have a wealthy person attempting to obtain something through violent, face-to-face force.

This individual has lost his/her ability to control his/her actions, think straight, and avoid detection. That makes him/her very dangerous. If you have been charged with a red collar crime, you will have to undergo a psychological evaluation prior to your hearing to make sure you are mentally competent to stand trial. If you are convicted, you may be sentenced for both a violent crime/murder and a white collar conviction, depending on what the judge decides is most serious or equally serious.

Green Collar Crime

Green collar crime, despite how it sounds, is not a crime against or with money. Green collar crime involves crimes against the environment. These crimes destroy the "green"' of the planet; hence, the moniker. If you are charged with being an environmental terrorist, your criminal charges fall under green collar crime.

For more information, contact companies like Law Office Of  Lori Crystal, LLC.


30 October 2017