Baltimore Money Laundering Lawyers

Defending Against Money Laundering Charges in Baltimore, MD

In recent years, prosecutions for money laundering have grown as federal investigators refine their methods for uncovering money laundering operations. Many tools were developed in response to various white collar scandals and concerns that money laundering may be used to fund terrorist operations. The prosecutions are expected to intensify as continuing political pressures push law enforcement to step up the identification, conviction, and punishment of alleged launderers. If convicted, the penalties are severe. In addition to incarceration and fines, your personal property may be subject to forfeiture.

Facing money laundering charges? It is critical that you contact our Baltimore money laundering attorney. Call Nathans & Ripke LLP today.

A Top White Collar Defense Firm

Nathans & Ripke LLP has been rated by U.S. News as one of the top white collar criminal defense firms in Maryland. Our Baltimore money laundering lawyers have nearly 100 years of combined experience. They are known and respected for the outstanding service they offer each client. Attorney Larry Nathans has been consistently recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America. Both Larry Nathans and Robert Biddle are distinguished as Maryland Super Lawyers in white collar criminal defense.

Types of Money Laundering Offenses

Money laundering is often associated with drug trafficking, bribery, racketeering, and conspiracy but is most commonly tied to white collar offenses. Money laundering encompasses any sort of financial transaction or attempt to conduct a transaction to conceal the source of funds that came from an illegal activity.

To do this, the prosecution will attempt to prove:

  • An intent to carry on an illegal activity
  • An intent to evade taxes
  • Knowledge that the transaction was designed to conceal or disguise the nature of, source or ownership, or to control the proceeds of the specified unlawful activity
  • Knowledge that the transaction was designed to avoid a state or federal reporting requirement.

It is common for innocent business owners to be investigated or charged with money laundering. Repeated bank deposits made during the course of business can be mistaken for an attempt to avoid banking reporting requirements.

How Can Banks Detect Money Laundering?

Banks have transaction monitoring systems that scrub their accounts for possible money laundering schemes. Detection rules are action-based and target suspicious transaction behaviors, such as excessive cash deposits, structured transactions intended to avoid government record-keeping thresholds and rapid money movement from one bank to another. Customers who violate the detection rules trigger a system-generated alert, which is reviewed by an internal investigator.

Contact Our Money Laundering Attorney in Baltimore Today

Our Baltimore money laundering attorneys are adept at defending against these charges. We have the experience and the resources needed to build a successful defense.

Looking for a top-rated Baltimore money laundering lawyer? Contact our firm online or call (410) 783-0272 to schedule an appointment today.

Top Tier Firm Devoted to Complex Cases

  • Leadership Positions

    Members of our firm have held leadership positions, including Chair of the American Bar Association White Collar Subcommittee on Federal Sentencing & the American Bar Association Subcommittee on Forfeiture.

  • Knowledge & Experience

    With nearly 100 years of combined experience and insights into complex federal and white collar criminal defense.

  • Honors & Accolades

    Attorneys at Nathans & Ripke LLP have been recognized by Best Lawyers® as the Best Criminal Defense Attorney for Baltimore in 2015, the Best White Collar Criminal Defense Lawyer for Baltimore in 2021, and the Best Lawyers in America® 2008-2021.

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