Criminal Defense

Being charged with a criminal offense can be very stressful, particularly when you have not committed the offense charged, your constitutional rights have been violated, or your case is a complex paper case, sometimes referred to as a “white collar” criminal case. Kathleen Sherman, Attorney at Law, specializes in cases that present one or more of these challenges.

You may find out you are under investigation long before law enforcement has any direct contact with you. Many times, investigations continue for months before a prosecutor files charges. During the investigation, you, your co-workers, your family members, or your neighbors could be contacted, possibly violating your rights. Kathy can help protect your rights during this process.

Criminal Defense

Sometimes it is possible to resolve a case before formal charges are even filed. Your attorney may engage with law enforcement or negotiate with prosecutors to minimize or eliminate anticipated charges against you. It takes an experienced attorney such as Kathy to recognize such pre-filing resolution opportunities.

In many cases, investigations begin because of an anonymous tip. Too frequently, a person can have their professional reputation ruined because someone had a suspicion, or because a disgruntled former employee or coworker is on a vendetta. A savvy attorney like Kathy may be able to potentially stop an investigation in its tracks by showing it wasn’t possible for you to have committed a crime.

If you are about to be charged, it is smart to engage an attorney before you are arrested, to give you an opportunity to self-surrender (avoiding an embarrassing public arrest), to arrange bail (avoiding doing so from a jail cell, which potentially can take days and cost you precious time out of work), and to avert any potential loss of professional licensing that could result from your arrest.

The sooner you begin working with a skilled criminal defense attorney, the better for your personal and professional reputation. Particularly in cases presenting tricky and complex factual or legal issues, it is important to work with an attorney with a commitment to getting it right, with the goal of presenting the best possible defense for your case, whether that means a settlement before trial, litigating legal issues before a judge, or presenting a full defense to a jury. Kathy has successfully resolved cases at every stage of litigation, including trial.

Kathy’s litigation expertise includes the following types of cases:

  • Computer and intellectual property crimes
  • Sales tax fraud
  • Federal income tax fraud
  • California income tax fraud
  • Insurance fraud
  • Worker’s compensation fraud
  • Embezzlement
  • SBIR/STTR fraud (Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer)
  • Environmental crimes
  • Mail fraud
  • Wire fraud
  • Grand or petty theft
  • Extortion

Whether you have been told you are under investigation or have already been charged, contact an attorney immediately. Financial and other white collar crimes can result in jail time, high fines, and the loss of professional licenses — that means you may lose the ability to earn a living.

With an office in Mountain View, California, Kathy handles litigation in courts in the entire Bay Area, including San Jose, San Francisco, and Oakland.

For an initial case evaluation, contact Kathleen Sherman, Attorney at Law.