Florida Federal Crimes Lawyers Defending Against Alleged Sarbanes-Oxley Violations
The collapses of Enron, WorldCom and Arthur Andersen were caused in large part by accounting fraud and other misdeeds. In response to these scandals, Congress passed the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in 2002. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act created numerous responsibilities for corporate directors and officers of publicly traded companies. The passage of this law also created enhanced criminal penalties and longer statutes of limitations. If you have reason to believe that you or your company is being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or other federal law enforcement agencies, it is crucial to have experienced legal counsel on your side.
We are the attorneys of O’Brien Hatfield, P.A.. Based in Tampa, we defend individuals and businesses across Florida and beyond. For years, our law firm has achieved successful outcomes for individuals facing serious white collar criminal accusations. We have the skill, knowledge and resolve to present a powerful defense against your charges.
What Is The Sarbanes-Oxley Act?
The Sarbanes-Oxley Act imposes many responsibilities on corporate directors and officers. The knowing or willful failure to comply with these responsibilities can lead to severe criminal sanctions, including prison time. The following allegations could give rise to criminal penalties under Sarbanes-Oxley:
- Falsifying quarterly or annual reports
- Committing securities fraud
- Committing obstruction of justice
- Altering corporate documents
Our law firm fully understands the provisions of Sarbanes-Oxley and how they may apply to the facts of your case. We will thoroughly investigate the government’s allegations to build a powerful defense. If there are weaknesses in the government’s case, we will find them and use them to your advantage. It is critical to seek out our services as early as possible. Many cases can be won or lost before charges are ever filed. The earlier we are involved in your case, the more options we will have in your defense.