Fort Myers Criminal Defense Lawyers Fighting for Those Accused of State or Federal Tax Violations

Federal Tax Violations

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the criminal tax division of the U.S. Department of Justice prosecute a variety of federal tax offenses. These offenses range from failure to file tax returns to complicated schemes of tax evasion and money laundering.

Once the IRS makes a decision to prosecute, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney's Office become formidable adversaries. Timely intervention by an experienced qualified tax attorney may be able to prevent a criminal prosecution from going forward.

A Rare Blend of Experiences

Peter D. Aiken — a trained forensic accountant, former IRS special agent, former federal tax prosecutor, and 30-year veteran criminal defense attorney — represents those unfortunate enough to be accused of criminal tax violations in either Florida or federal court. Mr. Aiken represents those accused of crimes such as tax evasion, failure to file taxes, failure to pay taxes, employer tax fraud, and excise tax fraud.

If you are under audit by the IRS and have concerns about possible criminal charges, do not wait to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney. Call Aiken, O'Halloran and Banyai, for a free, confidential consultation.

State Tax Offenses

The most common state tax offense involves sales tax. Collecting sales tax and not remitting it to the State of Florida may constitute grand theft. Depending on the amount of the tax, conviction can result in a lengthy state prison sentence.

In a last-ditch effort to keep a business afloat, some taxpayers spend or use sales tax money collected from customers with the full intention of paying it to the state later. This could also constitute grand theft.

If you are under investigation or if you are concerned that an investigation may commence, consult attorney Peter D. Aiken. Timely intervention can sometimes prevent prosecution and result in a simple payment plan.

Money Laundering

In many federal prosecutions, a "money laundering" charge is often added to increase a person's exposure to a long federal prison sentence. Many people think that the term money laundering means dealing in drug proceeds. This is not true. "Money Laundering" can be something as simple as depositing a check or buying an item if the original proceeds come from certain designated illegal sources. Money laundering is often also charged to justify a forfeiture under federal statutes.

Contact Aiken, O'Halloran and Banyai

If you have been arrested in Ft. Myers, Fort Myers, Cape Coral or Punta Gorda, contact one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys at any one of our Lee, Charlotte or Sarasota offices for a free consultation with a criminal lawyer at any time day or night. Call today at no cost or obligation to discuss your legal problem.