Tamor & Tamor, Attorneys at Law

Tamor & Tamor is a San Francisco Bay Area law firm with offices in the Jack London Square District in Oakland that concentrates in the areas of complex criminal defense and general civil litigation.

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White Collar Crimes

The FBI, IRS, EPA, ICE, BHS and other law enforcement or governmental agencies meticulously investigate an individual or business for months or even years prior to pursuing white collar criminal charges. There is often extensive solid evidence which cannot be dismissed. When facing felony or misdemeanor white collar crime charges, you should hire an attorney with the experience, agressiveness and perseverance necessary to handle such serious charges. Tamor & Tamor aggressively defends individual clients and businesses charged with white collar crimes and vigorously works to protect their future.

A few examples of white collar crimes include bribery, fraud and embezzlement, computer and internet crimes, internet sex crimes, counterfeiting, customs crimes, environmental crimes, money laundering, mortgage fraud, securities fraud, tax violations, and trade secret crimes.


It is illegal to offer anything of value to someone in a position of power in order to influence the person's vote, opinion or decision upon any matter over which that person is responsible. Furthermore, it is also illegal for a judicial officer, juror, governmental employee, politician or others in similar positions to accept monetary or tangible bribes or favors to sway their choices in a specific direction. Bribery is an offense punishable by up to four years in a California prison for the person offering the bribe. The person accepting the bribe may face punishment even if the bribe was not accepted, but there was intent to accept the bribe. Bribery may be charged as both a State or Federal Crime, or both.

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Fraud & Embezzlement

It is illegal to fraudulently sell an item, collect money, represent yourself or in other ways try to deceive a person to give up any thing of value. Fraud or embezzlement, usually involve hundreds of thousands and even millions of dollars. Therefore, the penalty for these felony offenses can be very severe, thus destroying an individual's career and family. The attorneys at Tamor & Tamor have vast experience defending professionals charged for such serious felony offenses.

Fraud involves the intent to commit fraud, theft, or any other crime of deceit. Embezzlement involves theft or larceny that is committed by a professional who is in a position of trust, such as an employee, trustee, or corporate officer. Fraud and embezzlement charges are serious charges which are typically prosecuted in federal courts.

As experienced white collar crime defense lawyers, Tamor & Tamor provides aggressive and thorough defense to clients who are either under investigation or have been charged for fraud or embezzlement, including the following offenses:

  • Accounting fraud
  • Bank fraud
  • Consumer fraud
  • Elder Fraud
  • Embezzlement
  • Identity theft
  • Mail or wire fraud
  • Money laundering
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Stock fraud
  • Telemarketing fraud

Our lawyers have long standing and established relationships with judges, prosecutors, experts, and other professionals. They use aggressive negotiation skills combined with extensive trial experience in working for a dismissal of charges, a "Not Guilty" verdict, or other successful resolution of a client's case.

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Computer and Internet Crimes

Computers are everywhere and have become integrated into the fabric of society, to where they are indispensable to businesses and individuals alike. It is illegal to use computers or the Internet to commit any crime. These are crimes with complex defenses often involving science as well as well as law. It is essential to obtain a skilled criminal defense attorney with superior expertise and technical knowledge in defending computer crimes as soon as possible to obtain the best results under the particular facts and law of your case. There are a vast number of computer-related crimes:

  • Computer hacking
  • Child Pornography
  • Cryptography Export
  • Cyber Stalking
  • Cyber Terrorism
  • Cyber Theft
  • Identity Theft
  • Intellectual Property Theft
  • Internet or Cyber Fraud
  • Software Infringement
  • Telemarketing Fraud

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Computer and Internet Sex Crimes

Society views internet sex crimes and other sex offenses as some of the most atrocious crimes people commit. The public, the media, and the prosecution immediately presume individuals accused of such acts guilty. It is extremely difficult to overcome such negative stigmas and prejudices and protect oneself without exceptional defense counsel. Tamor & Tamor has over 30 years of combined experience and aggressively works to protect clients and their future in these types of cases.

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It is illegal to reproduce currency and coins, U.S. Treasury checks, Department of Agriculture food coupons and U.S. postage stamps. It is also illegal to try to pass them off as the real item. Moreover, it is illegal to produce and/or distribute any item that uses logos or brands of commercially recognizable goods (for example, replica Rolex watches or Gucci purses). The government has taken an interest in counterfeit cuirrency and products and has systems in place to catch those involved in manufacturing, distributing, or selling counterfeit goods.

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Customs Crimes

It is illegal to falsely represent the value of goods or merchandise brought into the U.S. or to make any false statements in connection with reporting duties. This is often called smuggling and can be any type of good or item, including cigars, animals, currency, foods, beverages, or art work just name a few. The defenses to these crimes are highly technical and involve the interpretation and analysis of complex Customs laws.

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Environmental Crimes

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, environmental crimes are those that involve "negligent, knowing or willful violations of the federal environmental law." A person may be charged with an environmental crime even if they do not have previous knowledge of the specific regulations or conduct they violated. These crimes can be charged in both Federal and State courts.

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Money Laundering

At its core, it is illegal for anyone to participate in a transaction where money is transferred from one place to another in an effort to conceal the source of the funds or the nature of criminal activity. For those charged with white collar offenses or those alleged to be drug trafficking, money laundering is becoming an increasingly popular weapon used by prosecutors to increase the possible penalties.

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Mortgage Fraud

In the time when the mortgage industry has ravaged the United States and world economy, there has been a renewed and vigorous interest in and increase in mortgage fraud prosecutions, on the State and Federal levels. The FBI defines mortgage fraud as "intentional misstatement, misrepresentation, or omission by an applicant or other interested parties, relied on by a lender or underwriter to provide funding for, to purchase, or to insure a mortgage loan."

Thus, mortgage fraud can take the form of various types of offenses, including property flipping, equity skimming, and foreclosure rescue scams. Many types of individuals are susceptible to mortgage fraud investigations and prosecutions, including accountants, mortgage brokers, mortgage lenders, and even home buyers.

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Securities Fraud

It is illegal for a company to deceive its investors by passing on false information about their investments. Due to the use of the Internet, securities fraud has grown enormously in the last few years.

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Tax Violations

It is illegal to under-report incomes or otherwise falsify tax returns in order to avoid paying taxes. It is also illegal to not pay taxes due to the local government, California state government, or the federal government. A conviction for tax evasion or tax fraud can result in fines, asset forfeiture and possible prison time, depending on the severity of the offense.

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Trade Secret Crimes

It is a both a State and Federal offense to divulge or steal a "trade secret." A trade secret is defined as all forms and types of financial, business, scientific, technical, economic or engineering information, including patterns, plans, compilations, program devices, formulas, designs, prototypes, methods, techniques, processes, procedures, programs, or codes, whether tangible or intangible. This is not dependent on how the information is stored, compiled, or memorialized physically, electronically, graphically, photographically, or in writing if the owner has taken measures to keep the information private and the information derives individual economic value, whether realized or potential.

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