White collar crime typically refers to non-violent crimes, particularly fraud and other illegal activity perpetrated by business professionals. Examples of white collar crimes including corporate fraud, money laundering, bankruptcy fraud, intellectual property theft, mortgage fraud, identity theft, financial fraud, price fixing, healthcare fraud and piracy. Make no mistake: Even though these may not be violent crimes, if you are convicted of a white collar crime, you face potentially serious penalties, including prison time, asset forfeiture and fines. You should hire criminal defense lawyers (particularly attorneys with experience representing those accused of white collar crimes) as soon as possible after learning that you might be the target of a criminal investigation. The law firm you hire will guide you through all stages of the criminal process, from being interrogated by law enforcement officials through arraignment, plea bargaining and your criminal trial.