West Chester

White Collar Crime Lawyer

If you or a loved one is being charged with a white collar crime in southeastern Pennsylvania, take the steps necessary to clearing your name and getting your life back on track by retaining legal counsel that can effectively argue your case and increase your chances of getting any charges you may have reduced or even dismissed.

Michael J. Skinner of the Skinner Law Firm is a West Chester criminal defense attorney who has years of experience helping individuals dealing with white collar accusations throughout the Pennsylvania counties of Chester, Lancaster, Montgomery, and Delaware. With this legal understanding and courtroom knowledge, Michael is the practical choice if you need to fight the charges levied against you and focus on moving forward.

Call (610) 436-1410 or send an online message to schedule a risk-free and confidential consultation to discuss the specifics of your case today.

White Collar Crimes in Pennsylvania

A white collar crime, although stereotypically viewed as a non-violent offense that comes with light punishments, can, in fact, come with very serious consequences if not dealt with in the correct manner. Considering there is usually a victim involved, the prosecution will be very willing to try to get you convicted.

With this aggressive prosecution, the possibility for jail time and hefty fines is very real, making the process of working with an experienced white collar crime attorney all the more important. A strong lawyer at your side will give you a logical and straightforward approach to your defense strategy, taking into account all state laws and avenues of arguments.

Of the crimes common to Pennsylvania that would be considered white collar, the Skinner Law Firm focuses mainly on:


Identity Theft

Possession of or sale of false documents or personal identifying information to establish false status or identity; obtaining and using personal information of another person in order to harm that person or assume their identity.

Credit Card Fraud

Using a credit card to obtain property or services knowing that: the card is a counterfeit or has been altered; the card has been issued to another person who has not authorized its use; the card has been revoked or canceled.


Alters any writing of another without his or her authority; makes, completes, issues or transfers any writing so that it purports to be the act of another who did not authorize the act.

Other White Collar Offenses

our awards & memberships

  • A professional non-profit dedicated to the improvement of the criminal defense bar, and to providing valuable information to the public about drunk driving laws. Members of the NCDD are considered the most experienced DUI defense attorneys in the United States and Canada.

  • The preeminent organization in the United States. NACDL serves as a leader in identifying and reforming flaws in the criminal justice system, and addressing systemic racism, and ensuring that the criminal defense bar is fully equipped to serve all accused persons at the highest level.

  • PACDL is the premier network of the best defense attorneys in PA with a mission to educate, advocate, and inspire by providing support for criminal defense lawyers, promoting effective competence, leveling the playing field, and protecting freedoms.

  • The Pennsylvania Bar Association promotes and protects the legal profession, the rights of Pennsylvania citizens and access to justice for all. Membership is open to any lawyer in good standing who is licensed by the Bar of Pennsylvania.

  • The American Bar Association is one of the world’s largest voluntary professional organizations, with over 400,000 members and more than 3,500 entities. Their mission is to serve its members, the legal profession, and the public by defending liberty and delivering justice as the national representative of the legal profession.

  • The CCBA promotes professionalism, inclusion, and collegiality within the Chester County legal profession, and enhances the quality of life of its members and the practice of law within the community.

  • The NORML Legal Committee (NLC) is composed of attorneys committed to the overall goals of NORML. NLC attorneys meet each year to discuss emerging legal issues related to defense of marijuana consumers and to support each other in the pursuit of justice.

  • The American Institute’s Criminal Law Division is an impartial third-party rating service recognizing the excellence of fellow practitioners. To help clients across the United States make educated decisions, we compile an exclusive list of the “10 Best” Attorneys for each State. Our “10 Best” is a prestigious honor extended only to those who have reached the top of their profession while doing so with the client’s satisfaction being of paramount importance.

  • The American Institute’s DUI/DWI Division recognizes the excellence of practitioners in the field of DUI/DWI defense. We compile an exclusive list of the “10 Best” Attorneys for each State for potential clients to utilize. We look for Attorneys that have achieved unparalleled success but most importantly have done so for the benefit of their client. Very few Attorneys can do so and our organization recognizes this significant achievement.

  • Attorney Michael Skinner has been consistently recognized as among the best lawyers in Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties. Attorneys are nominated via peer balloting, then vetted through our editorial process in various fields of practice.

  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state. Membership is extended only to the most qualified attorneys who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile. Each of our distinguished members possesses the knowledge, skill, experience, and success held by only the best and finest lawyers in America.

  • The Super Lawyers list recognizes no more than 5 percent of attorneys in each state. The Rising Stars further distinguishes no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys, and to be eligible, a Rising Stars candidate must be either 40 years old or younger, or in practice for 10 years or less who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

The penalties related to white collar crimes in Pennsylvania are widely varied depending on the severity of the offense in question. This means that you may be charged with a misdemeanor or felony if convicted of a white-collar crime. Some examples are as follows:

Credit Card Fraud

Ranges from a misdemeanor of the second degree (up to 2 years in prison and/or fines of between $500 and $5,000) to a felony of the third degree (up to 7 years in prison and/or a fine of between $2,500 and $15,000).

Identity Theft

Ranges from a misdemeanor of this first degree (up to 5 years in prison and/or fines of up to $15,000) to felony of the second degree (up to 10 years in prison and/or up to $25,000 in fines).


Ranges from a misdemeanor of the first degree (up to 5 years in prison and/or fines of up to $15,000) to felony of the second degree (up to 10 years in prison and/or fines of up to $25,000).

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Pennsylvania White Collar Crimes Resources

Pennsylvania Attorney General – this site gives basic information relating to financial crimes, including insurance fraud and consumer safety. Also included are resources on civil rights and antitrust, along with an identity theft toolkit and information on the Bureau of Consumer Protection. The address to the attorney general’s office is:

Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General
16th Floor, Strawberry Square
Harrisburg, PA, 17120
Phone: 717-787-3391

Federal Bureau of Investigation – this site provides information on the Pennsylvania arm of the FBI and focuses on consumer safety as well as a large list of relevant numbers and locations.
Philadelphia FBI Office

William J. Green, Jr. Building
600 Arch Street, 8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: (215) 418-4000

National White Collar Crime Center – This site contains extensive information on various types of white collar crimes, including training, investigative support, and research to those who need to learn more about white collar crimes.

Contact a Chester County White Collar Crime Lawyer

If you have been charged with a white collar crime is southeastern Pennsylvania, contact the Skinner Law Firm to discuss the facts of your particular case in a free and confidential consultation at (610) 436-1410.

There may be ways to reduce your charge or have it dismissed altogether, and finding an experienced attorney who is familiar with Pennsylvania white collar crimes is your best option to avoid severe punishments.

Call or send an online message today if you are dealing with a white collar charge in or around the cities of West Chester, Phoenixville, Downingtown, Oxford, Spring City, Malvern, Chester, Yeadon, Lansdowne, Clifton Heights, Norwood, Media, Aldan, Colwyn, Lancaster, Columbia, Millersville, Christiana, Norristown, Pottstown, Lansdale, Telford, Jenkintown or Red Hill, among others.