A crime is committed when an action is in violation to the laws of the city, county, state or country. When a wrongdoing is committed is it punished according to the laws in which the crime took place. In many cases a crime can be considered a misdemeanor. In more serious cases, a crime will be considered a felony. These are legal classifications that determine the type of punishment an individual will face.
Sometimes you might hear people refer to a crime as being a “white collar crime” or a “blue collar crime.” While these are not official legal classification, the phrases are used to communicate a group of crimes. It is important to know that the term does not hold any legal weight and are not classified by the severity of the punishment.
White Collar Crime
White collar crimes are typically committed by an individual with a higher social status or upper-level job. These crimes will include bribery, fraud, income tax evasion, and embezzlement. They will typically be non-violent and are often committed in business settings. They are crimes that have been thought through, planned, and executed.
Definition of Blue Collar Crimes
Blue collar crimes are typically crimes that are committed in the heat of a moment. They might be fueled by rage or passion, but were not carefully thought through or planned. They are also typically seen as crimes that were committed by lower income individuals in the working class.
Examples of crimes in a blue collar category are:
- Theft crime
- Armed Robbery
- Sexual Assault
- Drug Crimes
- Murder and Other Violent Crimes
Origin of the Phrase Blue Collar Crimes
The phrase of “blue collar” started in the 1910’s and 1920’s in America. During this time period, the lower class individuals were manual laborers and often wore a blue shirt. They were the workers who had lower income wages. Wearing a blue shirt allowed them to work hard and get stains on their shirt that were less noticeable. In addition, they wore blue uniforms. Blue collar workers included janitors, construction workers, millwrights, and production laborers.
This is in contrast to a while collar worker who held business jobs that required them to wear a suit and a shirt with a white collar and would make a higher wage.
Seek Legal Advice
In conclusion, if you or a loved one is a facing a blue collar crime such as drug crimes, sexual assault, gambling, or burglary it is important to seek professional help as soon as possible. These are serious crimes that come with harsh punishments that include prison time, fines, probation, and permanent records.
Having an experienced defense attorney that knows the ins and outs of the criminal law, especially ones that relate to everyday working people, will help to ensure that you do not face any unjust punishment. That is our goal at The David J. Kramer Law Firm, PLLC. We make it our goal to represent you to the best of our ability. Please call to talk with us today.
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