You have to be very careful as many if not most therapists are "mandated" reporters. The crimes they are obligated to report do not seem applicable to a white collar criminal case. Even so the confidence is not absolute and if they feel something has occurred which requires reporting they will.
I agree with Mr. Kaman in the sense that while a "white collar crime" is not a reportable offense by a mandated reporter, that person might end up being a witness against you in a criminal case. I would not discuss any potential criminal liability with any therapist, period. Find yourself an attorney who handles white collar crimes, preferably one who does work in federal court. Not all attorneys practice in federal court, since the rules are different than state court. Many attorneys such as those on AVVO offer free or low cost consultations. Those discussions are confidential, meaning the attorney cannot discuss them with anyone, even if you do not end up hiring that particular attorney.
I wouldn't advise anyone to confide any crimes to a csw. Beyond the mandatory reporting requirements regarding certain crimes, you take a large risk in confiding crime to anyone but an attorney in a confidential setting. If you doubt that just ask the Menendez brothers who now rot in prison thanks in large part to a psychologist revealing presumed confidential conversations to the police. Talk to a criminal attorney and nobody else. Good luck.
I don't know about California, but in Illinois I have seen people convicted and sentenced to death on the basis of that kind of testimony, so watch it!
It is not safe. Mandatory reporting usually involves the threat of harm to someone else (Tarasoff) but as the other answers suggest, you may not have the kind of privileged communication you desire to speak freely which is why the recommendation to dpeak to a federal criminal attorney. Good luck.
The therapist's testimony is what convicted the Menendez brothers in their second trial. Now discussing it with an attorney does have privilege. You may consider speaking to an attorney. Many offer a free consultation.
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