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Chicago Money Laundering Defense Lawyer
What is Money Laundering?
Money laundering occurs whenever a person attempts to conceal the source, destination, or identity of illegally obtained or acquired money. In other words, money laundering is the act of making illegally obtained money appear to come from a legitimate source.
What is the Punishment for Money Laundering?
Money laundering violates both state and federal laws. In Illinois, state charges for money laundering are filed pursuant to 720 ILCS 5/29B-1. Federal charges for money laundering are more common, however, and are filed pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 1956. If you are charged with money laundering under 18 U.S.C. § 1956, you face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000, or double the value of the property involved in the transaction (whichever is greater).
What You Should Do
- Be respectful.
- Calmly record the interaction.
- Ask if you are free to leave. If you do not ask, the officer may think - and the judge may agree - that the interaction is consensual.
- If you are free to leave, go! If you are not free to leave, do not answer and questions before speaking with your attorney.
What You Should Not Do
- Do not physically resist arrest.
- Do not become aggressive or confrontational.
- Do not consent to a search. The Constitution does not apply if you consent.
- Do not answer questions without first speaking with your attorney. Police are allowed to hold you for 48 hours and they may lie to you the entire time.