White-Collar Criminals Need A Federal Prison Consultant!

By: Michael Frantz | Posted: 25th March 2009

White-Collar crime in South Florida as well as the United States is escalating at an alarming rate. White-collar crime happens every day. One in five individuals will be affected by white-collar crime at one time or another in their lives. Today's white-collar criminals are more adept than in the past. The tremendous growth in the Internet has caused a proliferation of the new sophisticated and talented online scam artists. Coupled with our current economic conditions, loss of jobs, failed financial system, and Wall Street securities and commodities fraud, there has been a recent onslaught of white-collar crime. Who is next-are you?

The federal government is definitely up to meeting the challenge. Currently, the Department of Justice has a 97% guilty plea rate in federal criminal cases. Federal prosecutors have over a 75% conviction rate following trial, and 91% of federal criminal defendants receive a prison sentence. In addition, in an effort to combat this rapid rise in white-collar crime, law enforcement officials including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Secret Service, Postal Inspection Service, Securities and Exchange Commission, and Customs officials have stepped up their efforts in fighting these crimes by forming white-collar and Internet specific crime centers. Special units such as the National White Collar Crime Center, Internet Fraud Complaint Center, National Cybercrime Training Partnership, and the Coalition for the Prevention of Economic Crime have been formed to specifically fight white-collar crime.

This has certainly stepped up the investigation and prosecution of white-collar crimes and white-collar criminals. White-collar crimes are being aggressively prosecuted at both the state and federal level, depending on whether a state or federal law was broken. If convicted, these crimes usually result in long prison sentences, large fines, and restitution to the victims of the crime. The days of a slap on the wrist, probation, a trip to Club Fed, and/or home confinement are over for white-collar defendants. New laws, stiffer penalties, and more vigorous prosecution of white-collar crimes all combine for longer sentences and higher security level designations for white-collar criminals.

Unfortunately, many lower level corporate employees are getting swept up in the net. Many white-collar offenders are simply ordinary people who got into financial difficulty and tried to get out of it through illegal and fraudulent means. Others are lower level corporate employees who may have unknowingly broken the law by simply following upper management directives and initiatives. Regrettably, they too are getting sentenced to long federal prison terms.

It is no longer a question of will these people go to federal prison, it's a question of where will they go and how long will they be there? With longer sentences, more vigorous prosecution of white-collar criminals, and unfavorable prison designations, isn't it only prudent to hire an experienced Federal Prison Consultant? How can a federal criminal defendant afford not to? Yet what do you ask when hiring a Federal Prison Consultant? Here are some very useful tips!

A Federal Prison Consultant must be qualified. He must be able to work with the defendant and his family. Michael Frantz suggests that you look for these important qualifications and characteristics.

• Has the consultant been through the system? Does he know the "ins" and "outs" of federal incarceration? Is he a judicially recognized BOP expert who has experienced the arduous process of federal incarceration himself? "If he is", says Frantz, "he will lend valuable and practical insight for the client."

• Can you work with him? Don't pick a Federal Prison Consultant who tries to use scare tactics to get you to enlist his services. Michael Frantz says, "You are probably already scared. You need the truth; honest answers to difficult questions."

• Can the consultant work with you immediately, prior to your arrival at prison? Frantz emphatically states, "It is important to have him aboard at the earliest possible time, prior to sentencing if possible. There are so many factors to consider including the Pre-Sentencing Investigation Interview, the Pre-Sentencing Report examination, sentence reduction strategies, judicial recommendations, facility designation, positioning for Bureau of Prisons' programs, and consultation with your legal defense team."

• Will the consultant be there while you are in prison? Will he be representing your interests with the many situations that may occur while an inmate is doing his time? Will he help with Administrative Remedy Appeals, Financial Responsibility Program payment information, furloughs, transfers, and Commutation of Sentence requests to name just a few? Is he not only knowledgeable in these areas, but is he an expert in these areas?

• Will he be there after you are released? Michael Frantz emphasized that newly released inmates need assistance in locating a job, regaining their civil rights, and possible expunging or clearing up of their criminal records. Frantz states, "Will the consultant provide assistance and reference materials in these important post-incarceration areas?"

• With whom does the consultant work? Who else is on the team? Does the consultant have a partner who can offer the wives and families of incarcerated men the opportunity to talk to someone who has been through it all, from the other side. Michael's wife, Rande Frantz, is a member of the http://www.jailtimeconsulting.com team. She offers a totally different point of view-the family member left behind, the family member remaining on the outside. Vast numbers of wives, girlfriends, sons, and daughters are left behind. She understands the anxiety these individuals face. Rande draws on her own experiences as well as her degree in Sociology to provide clear concise answers as well as support to their many questions and concerns. Mr. Frantz emphasized, "Rande is such an important member of this team, she believes more than ever the old saying, when a family member is incarcerated, the whole family is incarcerated."

• Finally, is the company professionally recognized? Is this a company you would want representing you in the Pre-Sentencing Investigation Interview, before a judge, or in front of Bureau of Prisons staff members?

America has more people in prison than any other country in the world. People are going to prison at a shocking rate. The prison population is increasing every year. Prisons are overcrowded. Defendants are being sentenced to higher security institutions with longer sentences. Now more than ever, Federal Prison Consultants are needed. You no longer have to be rich to hire a Federal Prison Consultant; you just have to be knowledgeable.

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