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Can the Complexity of the Case Help White Collar Crime Defendants

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White collar crimes occur every day throughout the country in businesses and companies. Because some of these violations of the law are complex...

Crime of Carjacking

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When a person takes a vehicle through force, violent acts or the threat of intimidation, a person has committed the crime of carjacking. The...

Crime of Child Endangerment

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Many states consider that when a child’s health, safety against dangers or overall well-being has been endangered, a criminal offense of child...

Effect Felonies Have on Immigration Status

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When individuals commit crimes, they may not think clearly about the potential consequences of committing a crime. For many people, these...

IRS Voluntary Disclosures

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The Internal Revenue Service provides a variety of voluntary disclosure options to help parties avoid possible criminal action if they come...

Expungement for a Felony

Living with a criminal record can hamper your ability to secure a job, rent a house or apartment, or build meaningful relationships with others....

Reasons to File a Tax Return Even If You Can’t Afford It

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Individuals in the United States are required to file a tax return if they owe tax and to pay on any tax due. If they fail to file a tax return,...

Consequences of Writing a Bad Check

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Writing a bad check can cause significant criminal penalties to arise. In order to avoid these consequences, it is important to understand the...

Failing to File a Tax Return and the Willfulness Element

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When someone fails to file a tax return and is then charged with a crime of this nature, they often wonder why they were targeted for this...

Failure to File Charges, Ignorance and Deliberate Ignorance

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If a person fails to file his or her tax return when required to do so, he or she may face significant penalties based on a failure to file...

Amended Returns with Criminal Implications

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When a person files a tax return, he or she has the option to later amend the return if something was not performed correctly before. However,...

What to Do After Identity Theft

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Identity theft occurs when a person takes someone else’s personal information and uses it for financial gain, such as by getting credit cards in...

False Claims Act

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The False Claims Act has become most well-known today for violations from the health care industry. Those that submit a false claim stand to...

When Employees Commit Business Fraud

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Business owners often put a lot of trust in the individuals that they employ. Unfortunately, this trust may be misplaced in some situations....

While Collar Crimes

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White collar crimes are typically non-violent crimes that involve some type of deceit that yields a monetary gain for the perpetrator. As...

Probation Violations

When an individual is convicted of a criminal offense in New Jersey, he or she can face multiple penalties. These penalties can include fines,...

How Social Networks are Used for Identity Theft

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The prevalence of identity theft appears to be increasing as technology continues to move forward. The easy ability of accessing the Internet...

Some of the Strictest Marijuana Laws

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The laws of the United States have started to change when dealing with some drugs. One particular drug that has a change of regulation and law...

Signs of Child Abuse that Is Occurring at Day Care

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Child abuse may happen at any place not just in the home. It is when it happens at a business or a company that more damage may be done as it is...

Child Abuse Myths

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Cases of child abuse range from one side of the world to the other. These issues have been in existence for hundreds of years, and only recently...

What Is Level I Status Drug Trafficking?

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The distribution and selling of drugs are rampant throughout the world. These criminals provide and cause addiction in thousands of people each...

Puppy Mills

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Organizations in place to assist animals in peril have estimated that over 10,000 puppy mills have been created and are generating profits at...

Dealing with False Allegations of Child Abuse

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Many criminal cases start before a person is arrested for an alleged crime. The actions of accusing a person are often what lead to an arrest,...

Some of the Most Lenient Marijuana Laws

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The world has started changing its views on certain drugs. Of these, marijuana has been considered by citizens of the United States for several...

Differences between Kidnapping and Aggravated Kidnapping

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Kidnapping is the instance when someone abducts another person for various reasons. The abductor often takes the victim to a remote or far-away...

Crime of Robbery

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The taking or attempting to take something of any value through the use of force, threats of force or through intimidating and fear has been...

Crime of Grand Theft Auto

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Crimes of theft have been around for hundreds of years to include the greater crimes of stealing large or expensive property and possessions....

About Blind Mules

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The supply and transporting of illicit substances are growing issues within the world since the war on drugs failed. Criminals purchase drugs...

Illegal Carrying of a Firearm

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Firearms are associated with a right to carry in the United States with the belief that every person should be allowed one in his or her home....

Federal Crime of Human Trafficking

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Crimes of slavery have been perpetuated for hundreds of years in one form or another. Throughout history, these crimes have been accompanied by...

Abduction Cases

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Abduction and kidnapping cases often go hand in hand. In most cases, abduction is considered to be the illegal holding or transporting of a...

Criminal Charge of Kidnapping

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Most states have laws regarding kidnapping as a criminal act. The victim is taken and transported usually to a great distance away from his or...

Child Abuse and Neglect/DCPP Matters in New Jersey

The goal of the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP) is to protect children from abuse and neglect and work to provide...

3 Must-Have Types of Legal Videos

Our team has worked with numerous attorneys over the years, and by far the most common goals have been generating more leads, which convert to...

Driving without a License

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Some drivers journey from one place to another with only short jaunts and may forget to bring a driver’s license. Others have had their licenses...

Reducing Federal Drug Penalties

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Penalties for drug charges are extremely severe for those convicted of these crimes. Starting in 2014, acts have been proposed to provide a...

Things to Know about Major Thefts

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The issue with theft has dropped throughout the United States as the economy improves, but major thefts are still an issue. The Federal Bureau...

What Happens If You Take Prescription Drugs without a Prescription?

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Many families have access to drugs lying around the house from previous prescriptions that were not completely used. In many situations, one...

Drug Crimes and Penalties

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The punishments for possession, distribution and the manufacture of drugs are often harsh and severe. When multiple counts are applied to a...

Are Radar Detectors Legal?

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Many drivers have purchased and installed radar detectors in many states. The question of legality has risen at different points in time, and...

Possibility of Scheduling Down Marijuana

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In the years after 2000, marijuana has been considered less of an illicit substance and more of a common drug found everywhere. Healthcare...

Can a Pregnant Person Legally Take Methadone?

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Drug addiction is rampant among Americans of all ages and backgrounds. For decades, the war on drugs has failed to eradicate this issue. These...

What You Need to Know about White Collar Crimes

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The term “white collar crime” is typically used to describe illegal actions that are not violent in nature. Typically, these behaviors are...

Most Common Types of White Collar Crimes

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White collar crimes are committed every year. Sometimes the perpetrator is discovered. Other times, such actions go undetected. In other cases,...

White Collar Crimes Explained

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A white collar crime is a crime that is often committed by a professional that involves some type of fraud or deception that results in...

White Collar Crimes

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White collar crimes are becoming increasingly common due to the technology that exists and makes it easier for individuals to get a hold of...

FAQS about White Collar Crimes

  By HG.org
Many people are charged with white collar crimes every year. They often have a number of questions about a charge of this nature, including:

Stages of Money Laundering

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Money laundering regards the financial transactions in which individuals participating in criminal activity try to disguise the proceeds or...

Entrapment in White Collar Crimes

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White collar crimes vary in their severity and application. They may include nonviolent crimes like antitrust violations to complicated money...

Weapons Charges as an Enhanced Penalty

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When someone commits a crime in which a weapon is involved, he or she may be subject to an additional penalty. Because weapons have the easier...

Greatest Risk of Unintentional Shooting Highest in the Home

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The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution provides citizens with the right to bear arms. They often exercise this right by keeping...

Identity Theft Definition

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Identity theft is a serious crime that results in serious consequences. Identity theft cases continue to increase as new technological...

Consequences of Probation Violation

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Many criminal defendants receive probation as part of their criminal sentence. During this time, they must be on their best behavior or suffer...

Aggravated Vehicular Homicide

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Many deaths occur on the road or in traffic due to numerous factors. In many instances of death, the fault is due to a driver either through...

Being Arrested for a Felony Traffic Offense

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Most traffic violations are classified as lesser offenses such as a municipal violation. When a driver commits a particularly egregious crime in...

Consequences of Facing Murder Charges

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When facing the accusation of murder or homicide charges,defendants confront some of the most severe consequences, including the death penalty...

Defenses to Reckless Driving

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Drivers may operate a vehicle in a manner that causes both stress and peril on the road for others attempting to travel safely to their...

Fighting a Traffic Ticket with the Help of a Traffic Lawyer

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Traffic offenses occur daily around the country by every type of person. These may range from simple speeding violations to the more serious...

What the Confrontation Clause Means Today

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The Confrontation Clause of the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution gives a defendant the right to confront his or her accuser....

License Suspended and Acquiring a License from Another State

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Many traffic violations may cause the suspension of a driver’s license. When multiple crimes have been accumulated, when some violations have...

What is a Nolo Contendere Plea?

  By HG.org
A nolo contendere plea is offered in some states as an alternative to pleading straight guilty or not guilty. This plea can sometimes lead to...

Reliability of Polygraph Tests

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Polygraph or lie detector tests attempt to discern if someone is being dishonest. Every test is different, offering different features and being...

Constitutional Rights and Carrying a Dirk or Dagger

  By HG.org
When most people think of the right to bear arms, they think about guns. However, there are other weapons that may be used for self-defense,...

Enhanced Criminal Penalties for Weapons Charges

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Many criminal defendants receive an additional charge pertaining to a weapon in connection with another crime, such as burglary or assault. If a...

Evidentiary Privileges in Criminal Cases

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Evidentiary privileges concern confidential communications, such as those between spouses or between a lawyer and his or her client. The United...

Duty to Disclose

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A prosecutor has the duty to disclose certain information to the defense. This helps aid the defendant in being able to lodge a proper defense.

Crime of Shoplifting

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Shoplifting occurs when someone goes into a store and takes something that does not belong to him or her. Many businesses have to carefully...

The History of Police Brutality, and What it Means for You

Police brutality in the United States has always been a huge problem, though it is more visible now that widespread ownership of handheld...

New Guidelines Regarding Drug Offenses Established by Sentencing Commission

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When a person is facing federal charges, he or she must be concerned with the federal sentencing guidelines. In the event that he or she is...

Prevent Identity Theft

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Today, there are higher risks of being victimized of identity theft than ever before. This is due to the easy access that many culprits have due...

Why Choosing an Arson Criminal Defense Lawyer Is So Important

  By HG.org
Arson is a serious criminal offense. As such, it can have serious implications. It is vital to involve a qualified criminal defense lawyer in...

Pawning Stolen Property

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Sometimes a person may happen upon stolen property. There may be many innocent reasons for why he or she is in possession of such property....

When Is It Self-Defense and When Is It Manslaughter?

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Manslaughter, self-defense and murder are often closely tied together. It can be difficult to determine when self defense changes things so that...

Stand Your Ground Laws Explained

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One of the most notorious stand your ground cases involved George Zimmerman. The Florida case made national news, not the least of which...

How to Avoid a Traffic Stop

  By HG.org
Many DUI and drug-related arrests start as a simple traffic stop until law enforcement observes signs of impairment or other criminal activity....

Texting While Driving

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As the number of people texting has steadily increased, so have the number of cases involving motor vehicle accidents caused by texting while...

Defenses after Being Stopped in a Speed Trap

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Many individuals are stopped for speeding in certain areas known for speeding. Often, law enforcement establishes a speed trap in these...

Application and Limitations of the Clergy Privilege

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Many states enact a number of privileges in order to protect criminal defendants. These privileges help prevent certain people from testifying...

No Duty to Retreat in Self Defense Cases

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In self-defense cases, there are generally two different approaches that states take. The first is the duty to retreat. The second is stand your...

All About the Attorney Client Privilege

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There are a number of privileges that criminal defendants have that protect certain communications. These privileges include clergy privilege,...

How Long Will an Expungement Take in New Jersey?

Your criminal record does not have to impact your life forever. Depending on your circumstances, such as the number of years since your...

Police Interrogation and Confessions

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When someone is suspected of committing a crime, one of the most effective ways to convict the individual is to present a confession from him or...

Criminal Appeal Based on Unfair Trial

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In the United States, all criminal defendants have the right to receive a fair trial. There are numerous constitutional safeguards in place to...

When Is a Person Legally Insane?

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The insanity defense is one of th emost controversial defenses. Additionally, it has one of the lowest success rates among all criminal...

Five Acts Better Left for Professionals in Criminal Defense Cases

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While your life, liberty and reputation may be on the line in a criminal case, there are certain aspects of your criminal defense that may be...

Steps to Take Before Being Sentenced

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After a person has been found guilty either by pleading guilty, accepting a plea agreement or being found guilty by a judge or jury, the next...

Static-99 Reports Explained

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In criminal cases, it is common for there to be a number of confusing terms, such as arraignment, indictment, information, constitutional rights...

Criminal Cases and Marital Exceptions

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One of the biggest public policies in the United States is protecting the sanctity of marriage. Marriage is considered by many to be a sacred...

Police Confessionals

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One of the most common pieces of advice that a lawyer gives to his or her client is not to say anything. This is especially true when dealing...

Rules Regarding Evidence Spoliation

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At civil trials, both parties may present evidence and testimony to prove their side of the story. In many cases, the most effective way to...

Prevent Loss of Driving Privileges with the Help of a Lawyer

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Many individuals may find their driver’s license revoked, suspended or made useless along with driving privileges removed for various reasons....

Criminal Defense Strategies

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When a person is facing criminal charges, there are high stakes. His or her liberty may be at stake, along with his or her standing in the...

Travel Restrictions While on Probation

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When individuals are convicted of crimes, they often face a number of punishments. One such punishment that is often imposed is probation. It is...

Right to a Speedy Trial

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Every US citizen has the right to a speedy trial as provided by the United States Constitution. Many state constitutions also contain similar...

Can a Spouse Testify Against His or Her Spouse?

  By HG.org
When one or both spouses are in legal trouble, the question of privileges and testimonial exceptions may arise. This is an important concept as...

Steps to Take If You Cannot Afford to Make Bail in Your Case

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The Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the issuance of excessive bail. However, courts have found that excessive bail...

Common Questions about Plea Bargains

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Rather than trying every criminal case, the prosecutor and criminal defense lawyer may resolve a case by agreeing to a plea agreement. Many...

Analyzing False Confessions and Exonerations

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Given the significant number of exonerations that have been issued in recent years, it is important to consider what events led to these...

How Bail Is Set

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In many cases, a criminal defendant can leave police custody by posting bail. The amount that bail is ordered at is different in each case...

Criminal Defense for Vehicular Manslaughter Charges

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One of the most egregious criminal charges a person may face involving a vehicle is the traffic violation of vehicular manslaughter. This crime...


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