Difference between White Collar Crimes and Blue Collar Crimes

Mar 27th 2014 at 2:17 AM

When a person violates the law set by the city or the country, he is termed as criminal. He has committed a crime by violating the law. The person breaking the law is liable to be punished by the court of law, if someone files a case against him. Apart from this, when the state finds him guilty or involved in a crime, it can sue him for the same. Criminal activities are categorized in different sections according to the severity of the activities or the person involved however generally they are divided into two main blocks under criminal law in Singapore:


· White collar crimes

· Blue collar crimes


In the white collar crimes, all the crimes which are non violent in nature and are conducted mostly in business or government sectors are included. This term originated from the times when the people from higher status or upper level in business or work used to wear a suit and white collared shirt. If they committed any crime, it was related to the money, paper work and such activities. All the crimes such as bribery, corruption, fraud, counterfeiting, breach of trust, insurance fraud, money laundering, tax evasion, and such other activities comes under white collar crimes according to Singapore criminal law.


In the blue collar crimes, all the crimes done on the lower level of the society were included originally. However, in the current scenario anything that is done in the moment of spurge, emotion, aggressiveness, rage and passion are included. They are generally not planned; however, some cases are found where criminal groups or criminals have planned the blue collar crimes.


Some of the crimes, which are included under this section according to criminal law in Singapore, are assault, murder, rape, robbery, theft, molestation, manslaughter, immigration offences, trespassing, traffic offences, possession of drug, vandalism and other such activities.


Every country has a different law to deal with both types of crimes. Singapore criminal law also has laws to deal with each of them and many others that are not mentioned above. People generally think that white collar crimes are not severely punishable but in Singapore some of them are. Therefore, if you are planning to travel to Singapore or are living over here, it is better to understand each type of crime to avoid it in future. Discuss with the criminal lawyer, in case you are involved into any crime.


Vendela Jar is an expert writer having vast experience about the law industry. Currently, she is writing on various topics like criminal law in Singapore, criminal procedure code in Singapore, Criminal Law of Singapore, Criminal law & procedure Singapore and more.


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