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Tenacious Defense Against Money Laundering Charges

Money laundering is a serious financial crime that can attract the attention of federal and state law enforcement. Investigations target large-scale operators as well as individuals who may unknowingly be involved. If you’re implicated or charged, seeking the assistance of an attorney with experience in money laundering cases is crucial.

At The Hames Law Firm L.L.C. in Atlanta, Georgia, attorney Adam Marshall Hames has over 25 years of experience defending individuals charged with complex financial crimes and other serious criminal offenses. With a steadfast commitment to your best interests, Mr. Hames vigorously defends your rights and future.

What Is The Definition Of Money Laundering?

Money laundering is the process of making illegally gained proceeds appear legal. It typically involves these three steps designed to conceal the money’s origin:

  • Placement: This is the first stage where individuals funnel illicit funds into the financial system. This could be done by depositing the money into bank accounts or purchasing assets.
  • Layering: In this intermediate stage, the money undergoes a series of transactions and transfers designed to hide the origins and confuse the trail. This often involves moving funds between different accounts and across international borders.
  • Integration: The final step is where the laundered money is returned to the perpetrator from what seem to be legitimate sources, making it appear as legal income. This could be through business investments, property transactions or other means that allow the launderer to use the funds without drawing attention.

Individuals can face federal or state money laundering charges. Georgia investigations focus mainly on banks and other financial institutions. The federal government prosecutes the majority of cases.

Mr. Hames has the experience to challenge prosecutors when they fail to meet the burden of proof in these complex investigations.

Defendants Often Face Additional Criminal Charges

Investigations into money laundering often reveal additional allegations. Defendants may find themselves accused of:

  • Drug trafficking
  • Embezzlement
  • Fraud
  • Tax evasion

Individuals facing federal money laundering charges may also face prosecution under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO. Convictions can lead to severe penalties, including up to 20 years in prison, fines and restitution.

Attorney Hames will challenge every aspect of the government’s case. Possible defenses include a lack of intent, laundering money under threat of physical violence and illegally obtained evidence by law enforcement.

Contact Attorney Hames Today To Discuss Your Case

At The Hames Law Firm, a lawyer with a proven track record aggressively protects your interests. Call 404-947-4983 or email Mr. Hames to schedule an initial consultation. Mr. Hames has the knowledge, skill and empathy to fight for you.