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Difference Between a White Collar Crime and a Blue Collar Crime

When an individual violates a city, state or federal law and, as a result of the violation causes injury or harm to another individual or member of the general public, he or she could be faced with fines, imprisonment, probation, community service and various other penalties. Although there are many different types of crimes, criminal activities can be broken down into two primary categories, blue collar crimes and white collar crimes.

The term blue collar originally referred to the blue collars and/or shirts that working class individuals used to wear while performing manual labor. The term white collar originally referred to the white shirts that physicians, executives and higher class citizens would wear to work in an office or business setting.

White Collar vs Blue Collar Crime

In this day and age, blue collar crimes are known as those crimes that are more physical or violent in nature. White collar crimes are those criminal activities which are non-violent in nature and are often performed through paper transactions or via a computer.

Examples of blue collar crimes:

Examples of white collar crimes:

  • Embezzlement, forgery, fraud, identity theft, insider trading and other similar crimes are all examples of white collar crimes.

Whether you are facing charges for a white collar crime or a blue collar crime, you will greatly increase the likelihood that you will be able to get your charges absolved or dismissed if you have an experienced criminal defense lawyer aggressively advocating on your behalf. Mr. Virga is a Panama City criminal defense lawyer who has an in-depth understanding on how criminal cases are prosecuted due to the time he spent as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Florida. Since he began practicing criminal law, he has been able to use his knowledge and expertise to help numerous clients defend their rights and preserve their freedom. If you need legal representation to fight charges of a white collar or blue collar crime, call his firm and make an appointment to discuss your situation and determine how to proceed.