Texas Securities Fraud Attorneys
Targeted by the Securities & Exchange Commission? Our lawyers can help.
At Brewer, Pritchard & Buckley, PC, our experienced attorneys defend people subpoenaed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). If you received a letter from the SEC or you are facing a securities enforcement action, contact us immediately to find out how we can help.
If you have been subpoenaed by the SEC, it’s critical that you have an experienced legal professional who knows how to cut through the confusion and provide a rigorous defense. While we are based in Houston, TX, our law firm handles cases throughout the United States.
What should I do if I receive a subpoena from the SEC about securities fraud?
The SEC is responsible with enforcing the federal securities laws. If the SEC suspects illegal activity, the government will take aggressive action. As part of their intimidation tactics, they might order someone to appear in an office hundreds or even thousands of miles away.
Without question, receiving a letter or subpoena from the U.S. government is an event that will make your heart race. It’s understandable that you might not know what to do or where to start.
If you or your company has come under the scrutiny of the SEC, you will need to take aggressive action as soon as possible. Brewer, Pritchard & Buckley, PC represents traders and investors who have attracted the attention of the SEC. We know the law. We know what evidence to look for. We understand how the legal system works, and we’re prepared to defend your rights.
FAQs from people charged with securities fraud
- Who is often charged with securities fraud?
- What are common violations that might lead to an investigation or charges?
- How does an SEC investigation work?
- How does the SEC find out about alleged illegal activity?
- Will the SEC investigation end up in court?
- What are the penalties if I am convicted?
- Do I need an attorney if I’m accused of securities fraud?
- How do I reach Brewer, Pritchard & Buckley, PC?
Here are just a few SEC targets:
- Investment brokers
- Stock traders/investors
- Corporate and business executives
- Organizers of investment clubs
- Publicly traded companies that falsify quarterly or annual statements
- Insider trading
- Penny stock pump-and-dump schemes
- Manipulation of the microcap market to make quick profits
- Misrepresentation to investors
- Providing false information or omitting important information about securities
- Manipulation of the securities’ market prices
- Theft of funds or securities belonging to a customer
- A broker’s violation of his or her responsibility to treat customers fairly
- The sale of unregistered securities
The SEC has an enforcement division that recommends investigations to be brought in federal court or before an administrative law judge. This enforcement division compiles evidence of alleged violations.
The enforcement division might receive a tip or complaint from an investor. It also monitors the market for irregularities, or it might discover alleged violations through media reports. The division may use any number of sources that might prompt an investigation.
The SEC may bring a case to a U.S. District Court to seek a sanction or remedy. The SEC may also decide to go through an administrative proceeding. Unlike a civil court action, an administrative proceeding is heard by an administrative law judge (someone who is independent of the SEC). The ALJ will hear and consider evidence presented by the staff of the enforcement division. You will have a chance to present evidence in your defense.
You may have to pay a fine or be asked to return the profits (called disgorgement). You may be ordered to never serve as a corporate officer or director. Other possible sanctions include suspension or revocation of a broker-dealer and investment adviser registration.
Yes. With so much at stake, you will need an experienced lawyer who is well-versed in federal laws and who thoroughly understands SEC investigations. An attorney with more than 34 years’ experience, Mark Brewer has tried cases in federal and state courts and has resolved complicated legal problems for hundreds of clients. While handling a case involving the SEC can be tricky, Brewer knows exactly what is required to prepare a strong defense. He knows how to gather evidence, track down witnesses, reach out to experts who will testify on your behalf and get the results clients need to move on with their lives.
Call today at 713-209-2950 or tell us about your circumstances by completing the consultation form on our website. When the stakes are high, our attorneys rise to the challenge. Contact our law firm right now.