Christensen & Jensen’s criminal defense practice brings together the traditional world of criminal defense, and the once-niche practice of white collar criminal defense. Whether you and/or your business have been accused of a crime, you have the right to due process under law, which includes the right to counsel and a fair and speedy trial. Because criminal charges can often result in significant penalties, whether economically or in terms of incarceration, it is vitally important to prepare an adequate defense. Preparing an adequate requires thorough knowledge of the criminal laws, the judicial processes for determining guilt and innocence, the applicable penalties, as well as knowing how judges will interpret the laws against a defendant. An effective defense also takes into account the human element, including: how similar cases have been handled previously, relationships with judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement officers, and the impact that a conviction will have on a client and/or his or her family, career, or otherwise. Christensen & Jensen’s criminal defense attorneys believe that the Constitution functions to protect the rights of every citizen, and we strive to zealously protect the rights of all our clients.
In the last 15 or so years, what was once a niche practice, white collar criminal defense has become a robust area of the law, which has grown out of response to globalization of American and foreign corporations, the expansion of government regulation in the wake of the Great Recession, and the overall expansion of the cyber world. White collar is used to describe a broad species of crimes that encompass a variety of nonviolent crimes usually committed in commercial situations for financial gain. Various laws government agencies (both state and federal) govern the conduct of businesses and entrepreneurs, including controlling what businesses may say to investors and the general public about the business’s success of failures, how businesses compete with one another, how companies obtain their business, how a company delivers and seeks payment, and a company’s general compliance with laws against theft, fraud, bribery, tax evasion, and corruption.
Because white collar criminal defense involves all aspects of a business, Christensen & Jensen’s white collar attorneys are prepared to do more than just defend against charges after they have been filed. Our white collar attorneys, while prepared to defend and try your case in court, also focus on risk management and compliance. This means we can train businesses and/or individual employees the proper training on how to minimize potential criminal and civil liability, conduct internal investigations to assess compliance with the law.
A unique aspect of white collar law is the potential for both civil and criminal proceedings. Christensen & Jensen’s white collar attorneys have significant experiences representing and defending clients before numerous federal and state agencies, as well as representing clients in conjunction with civil investigations by those agencies. Our attorneys are keenly aware of how a civil enforcement action can dismantle a business, even if there ultimately no finding of liability. These civil investigations / civil enforcement actions can result in criminal charges being filed, civil liability and fines running into the billions of dollars; therefore, you need sophisticated counsel to protect your rights and the vitality of your business. Christensen & Jensen’s white collar attorneys have the necessary experience and sophistication to handle all your white collar needs, whether civil, criminal, state, or federal.
In the non-white collar criminal defense context, Christensen & Jensen offers representation for all persons, whether juvenile or adult, accused of a crime. Our criminal defense attorneys understand the seriousness of any criminal charge, and how that charge may impact an individual’s life for the foreseeable future. Because criminal charges can carry the possibility of stern penalties, our attorneys realize the importance of a zealous defense, which seeks to secure the best result for our clients. Christensen & Jensen’s criminal defense attorneys have over forty years of experience handling criminal matters at both the state and federal level, whether a simple misdemeanor or a serious felony. In preparing a defense for their client, our criminal defense attorneys conduct early investigations, identify applicable defenses, analyze the strengths and weaknesses of their clients’ cases, prepare motions and pleadings on various issues (from suppression to dismissal, and everything in between), negotiate potential plea agreements with prosecutors, and provide a zealous defense before a jury.
White Collar services provided by Christensen & Jensen include:
Financial Institution Fraud
RICO and UPUAA
Health Care Fraud
Conspiracy Procurement Fraud
Computer / Intellectual Property Crimes
Antitrust (Civil and Criminal)
Public Corruption / Election issues
Ponzi / Pyramid Schemes
Criminal Defense services provided by Christensen & Jensen include:
Inchoate Offenses / Attempt / Conspiracy
Assault / Battery
Aggravated Assault / Aggravated Battery
Assault with a Deadly Weapon / Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon