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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

Busted for Illegal Gambling Rings: Your Employer Won’t Be Happy

If you are being charged with operating an illegal gambling ring, then you may be facing some life-altering changes that will affect your family and your future. In addition to possibly serving jail time, you may be concerned about whether your job will be waiting for you when you have… Read More

Is Pension Fraud Considered a White Collar Crime?

The weak economy has put a strain on everyone, and some people have tried to turn this to their advantage by participating in pension fraud. Pension fraud is when brokers or financial advisors do not allocate invested money as they have promised. In many cases, the victims are retirees who… Read More

RICO Accusations: Take Legal Action Now!

If you are charged with racketeering, then you are being accused of running a business that participates in illegal activities in order to make a profit. Racketeering includes a variety of offenses, and it is prosecuted under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO. RICO was developed to… Read More

Perjury: What Happens If I Lie in Court?

Perjury is a serious offense, and it can have consequences that last long after you have left the witness stand. When you lie in court, you are preventing the truth about a case from being discovered, and this can cause the person in question to be wrongfully convicted or found… Read More

Counterfeiting: Make a Fake Nickle and Spend 15 Years in Prison

It is a federal offense to manufacture or use unauthorized forms of currency, such as fake bills and coins. Only the federal government has the authority to permit organizations to print or manufacture currency and the government strictly punishes counterfeiting activity. In some cases, charges may be filed simply for… Read More

5 Common Defenses to Avoid Drug Trafficking Convictions

One of the inherent risks of using illegal drugs is that it’s relatively common to be charged with drug trafficking along with possessing or manufacturing a banned substance. Drug trafficking charges can be filed if it can be shown that a suspect participated in a drug network. The available state and… Read More

Is Jail as Bad as They Say?

If you’re facing a jail or prison sentence, you should do everything possible to protect your legal rights and retain your freedom. While surviving an American jail may be better than living in some poverty stricken third world country, it’s just not the kind of place you want to spend… Read More

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