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Avoid an Embezzlement Conviction with These Defenses

Embezzlement is the illegal practice of taking money or valuables by a person who is responsible for overseeing the money or valuables. This crime is different from simple theft because the person taking the valuables has the legal right to possess and manage the valuables. In order to prove a… Read More

I Impersonated Someone Online: Can the Police Arrest Me?

Laws regarding criminal activities that are carried out on the Internet have had to expand rapidly to keep pace with the growing presence of the web in daily life. Some of these laws deal with a crime known as online impersonation. These days, many people are putting out their own… Read More

Statute of Limitations: You Can Relax This Labor Day Knowing Your Crime Has Expired

The Constitution includes provisions that guarantee a speedy, fair trial to anyone that has been formally charged with a criminal offense. This right was intended to prevent the abuse of legal and judicial power by the court system. The statute of limitations has a similar function, although it is applied… Read More

Take Action Now If the Cops Are Investigating You for Check Fraud?

Using a check to obtain money in an illegal way may be prosecuted as check fraud. This can include activities like writing checks with insufficient funds or forging a check. The penalties for check fraud can range from fines and mandatory restitution to extended jail sentences. The penalties for check… Read More

Insider Trading Investigations: What Every Stock Trader Needs to Know

An allegation of insider trading should be taken seriously. Although the accused trader prevails in the majority of insider trading cases, the process of mounting a successful defense can be daunting. To improve your likelihood of winning, it is a good idea to learn a few details about insider trading… Read More

Money Laundering: Common Defense Strategies to Ensure Freedom

Money laundering is a criminal offense involving the illegal use of money that was the product of crime. These charges are often filed in cases involving organized crime. The term “laundering” refers to the way in which “dirty” money is cycled through legitimate businesses in order to remove the links… Read More

Mortgage Fraud: Plan on Going to Jail If You Don’t Hire an Attorney

When the housing market crisis reached its peak several years ago, law enforcement noticed a sharp increase in the frequency of mortgage fraud cases. It is possible that people were taking advantage of market confusion to execute fraud schemes or that corruption was allowing fraud to increase. Whatever the reason,… Read More

Sex Crimes: Some Decisions Will Haunt You Forever

No other category of criminal offense intimidates the public more than sex crimes do. When people think of sex crimes, they tend to think of lewd acts committed against children; however, they can include a number of other offenses as well. A few of the acts that could be considered… Read More

Should I Turn Myself in for Tax Fraud?

Fraud is defined as a deceptive practice or action that is intended to create some benefit for the person perpetrating the fraud. In a legal context, fraud is the use of lies, deceit or misinformation to obtain something of value, usually money. Tax fraud is the criminal act of supplying… Read More

Help! I’ve Been Accused of Tampering with Evidence!

The judicial system is very detailed, and it is structured so that the truth can be discovered. If you change or tamper with evidence in order to alter the outcome of a court case, you can be charged with a crime. The degree of punishment will depend on your actions… Read More

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