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Articles written by lawyers and expert witnesses worldwide
explaining the different aspects of Criminal Law.


Uniform Crime Reporting Program

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The Uniform Crime Reporting Program provides important statistical information to federal agencies. It helps to demonstrate whether crime is...

Warning Signs that a Criminal Investigation Is Pending in IRS Cases

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There are various signs that a criminal investigation is on the horizon. These are not the same as civil inquiries. The Internal Revenue Service...

Criminal Records Non-Disclosure

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Non-disclosure of criminal records can prevent other people from learning about the details of criminal charges and cases. However, it is very...

Prisonersí Rights

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Many people recognize that when they are incarcerated that they lose many rights, including the right to privacy, the right to assemble and the...

Higher Education in Prison

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For many individuals, going to prison results in the ending of their potential. Based on the high rate of recidivism, many individuals who go to...

Ten Steps to Take if Youíve Been the Victim of Identity Theft

Identity theft is running rampant in our country. If you are the victim of identity theft, there are some important steps to take to ensure that...

What to do if there is a Warrant for My Arrest?

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Individuals invariably make decisions that cause law enforcement to have a warrant issued in their names. There are various versions of...

Three Strikes Laws

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Various laws are in place to protect the public from those that commit egregious violations of the law through felonies. Of these, there is a...

Right to Family during Sentencing

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When a person has been charged with a crime, he or she must face a court case in most instances. He or she issues a plea and the criminal...

What Can I Do If My Criminal Defense Lawyer Is Not Satisfying Me?

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Many instances arise where a criminal defense lawyer is not a good fit with the defendant. While this may not be a common occurrence, it is an...

Station House Detention Laws

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Station house detention places are those that hold specific suspects in police stations so that they may be questioned and interviewed through...

The Ongoing Problem of Over-Criminalization in America

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The jails and prisons throughout the United States are filling up fast with severe overpopulation. Those with petty crimes are being thrown in...

Posting Bond

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When a person commits a crime or is arrested and charged with violations of the law, he or she must often face time in jail while awaiting...

Requirement for Defendant to be Present when there is a Trial

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When a person is defending against criminal activity, he or she may feel the need to not be present in the proceedings. He or she may be ashamed...

Consequences of Missing Court Dates

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Individuals often face difficulties in life that cause appointments to be missed. Unfortunately, this may have a direct impact when missing a...

Criminal Case and the Pretrial Disposition

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Most criminal cases never see a trial or jury. That is due to the elimination of them through plea bargains or being dismissed entirely.

Ways Crimes Are Charged

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Most criminal offenses are charged with law enforcement involvement. This could be a police officer, Federal Bureau of Investigation or other...

Police Seizures After Confession to Drug Crimes

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When drugs are involved in crimes, law enforcement officers often seize items, cash, possessions and other property from these suspected of...

How Psychopathy and Altruism Relate

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A personality disorder, psychopathy has been determined to affect a certain percentage of the population of the world. There are specific...

Fundamental Attribution Error

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The propensity to put greater emphasis on internal characteristics of the intention, agent or character instead of external factors is...

Getting Money Back After Police Seizure

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In many instances of an arrest, law enforcement officers seize property, money and possessions. It is often difficult and time-consuming to...

Felony Preliminary Hearing Setting Conference

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There are several steps in a criminal case that require assistance with legal representation, prosecuting lawyers and other important persons....

Comparison between Attorney Work Product and Grand Jury Subpoena

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The work product of a lawyer and the attorney-client privilege, though confused for each other, are related but separate concepts. Both involve...

Dealing with Dissatisfaction with a Lawyer

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There are times when legal representation is not what the client wants. The client may encounter a legal strategy, attitude or general demeanor...

Expiration of Warrants

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Warrants are issued by a judge through law enforcement agencies to arrest or search a suspect or suspectís dwelling or belongings. Some warrants...

Considering Being an Informant

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Drug distribution, trafficking and possession are crimes great in number all around the world. It is with much time, energy and effort that law...

Multiple DUI Offenses in New Jersey

In New Jersey, an individual charged with their second DUI faces steeper penalties than they faced with their first DUI charge. If that...

Jury Rules in Favor of McQueary, Testifier in Penn State Child Molestation Scandal, for Defamation

Michael McQueary, a testifier in the Penn State Child Molestation Scandal, was publicly ridiculed for his involvement in the scandal. McQueary...

When Using a Taser Is Excessive Force

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Excessive force is a violation of the United States Constitution. Some states may label the use of a taser stun gun when injuring a person as...

Drug Courts as an Alternative Criminal Sentence

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In some situations, jail is not the best answer. To help fight criminal activity and to deter it, lawmakers and prosecutors consider...

Ways to Avoid Problems with the IRS

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Because criminal investigations initiated by the Internal Revenue Service require resources and time that may be better utilized elsewhere,...

What Are the Different Types of Fraud

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Many different forms of fraud have been committed for countless years. These crimes may rob others of resources, money, information or other...

When Electronic Snooping Is Illegal

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Electronic snooping has been determined to be a form of fraud through the use of computers by federal laws in certain instances. Felony charges...

When is Filing for Unemployment Fraud?

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When filing for unemployment, there are some instances that are considered fraud. These usually occur when the person collects unemployment...

When Medicaid Planning is Fraud

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Fraud crimes are perpetuated in almost every facet where money or benefits are exchanged. Though fraud may primarily deal in information, the...

Crimes Committed in Casinos that May Surprise You

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While many persons are enjoying the feel and thrill of gambling in a casino after turning 21 years of age, some are determined to commit various...

Criminal Consequences Associated with Failing to Report Foreign Bank Accounts

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Reporting foreign accounts in banks is vital to ensure criminal consequences are not issued to individuals filing taxes. Adherence to the...

Criminal Tax Issues and Audits

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Audits tend to occur when there is a suspected tax crime. It is important to ensure a civil examination is accomplished with cooperation, a calm...

Criminal Tax Problems

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When persons work in the United States, it is illegal to not report income after a certain threshold has been reached. This is especially...

Extent that a Financial Institution Can Outsource AML Compliance

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Anti-money laundering compliance is very important to banks and financial institutions per the United States government. Without adherence to...

FATCA Issues

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The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act was issued by the IRS in response to the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act signed by President...

How to Protect Elderly Loved Ones from Scams

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The elderly are targets for a variety of crimes by those that feel this group of individuals is a quick and easy victim to take advantage....

Identifying Fraud

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Fraud has been determined as any illegal act where the initiator of the crime obtains in some manner anything of possible value through...

IRS Criminal Investigations

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The Internal Revenue Service is called when both businesses and individuals are suspected of illegal income, revenue and wage activity. Anyone...

Juveniles and Weapons Possession

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Many youths are subjected to difficult periods of childhood that may be rife with the possibility of crimes committed to them or from them. When...

Top Dos and Doníts of Cyber Crimes

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Since the technological boom, crimes involving computers and the internet have been on the rise. These are usually referred to as cyber crimes....

FBAR and FATCA and their Involvement with the IRS

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Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts Report (FBAR) and the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) are both important acronyms to know when...

Federal Tax Fraud Explained

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Fraud comes in many shapes and sizes. The amount that is taken during fraud crimes is one factor considered when charges are filed and when a...

Forgery Explained

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Forgery is the act of altering or creating a document for purposes of deceiving others or with the intention to commit fraud. The practices of...

Fraud in the Medicaid System

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Healthcare has been abused since its inception in one way or another. This abuse may have been with using the healthcare, signing up or through...

How to Recognize Investment Fraud

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There are various forms of fraud that plague the world in terms of damage to systems, financial gain, personal injury and many other issues as...

How to Spot Tax Scams so You Can Avoid Them

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Violators of the law use many parts of the government system against itself in order to profit from loopholes, breaches in computer networks,...

Act of Production Doctrine

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Documents are the foundation of tax cases where crimes are suspected. Subpoenas are often issued that demand extensive documentation to back up...

Civil FBAR Penalties

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The Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts, known as the FBAR, is assessed by the Internal Revenue Service for civil penalties if...

Mexico Moves Forward with New Anti-Corruption Act

Corruption is a significant risk for companies doing business in Mexico: bribery is widespread, and business registration processes, including...

Crime of Joyriding

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Numerous crimes of joyriding have occurred throughout the world over the last few decades. These violations of the law usually are perpetrated...

Crimes on the Internet

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The internet holds vast areas where crime may occur for any number of criminal acts. These may be completed by professionals in crimes or by...

Definition and Penalties of Various Internet Crimes

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The internet is rife with crimes committed by groups and individuals every year. Hackers live on the internet to change things, cause harm,...

How Computers Are Used to Help Commit Crimes

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The electronic age of personal computers and various devices have all been used as portals for information and various ways of communicating...

Legal Recourse for Victims of Cyber Crimes

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Crimes in the digital world have spread throughout the world, causing billions in damages and millions more in injuries to individuals. When a...

The Difficulty of Prosecuting Claims under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

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Since the 1990s, computers and fraud have become synonymous. Many individuals have initiated crimes of fraud with various companies through the...

Defining Internet Crimes

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The internet is a multifaceted place that involves at least millions of computers across the entire world. Criminal activity is available in...

When Is a Cybercrime Under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Committed?

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Some situations of cybercrime have become so complicated that it takes multiple courts to determine if the crime falls under the Computer Fraud...

When Trade Secret Theft Is Escalated to a Federal Offense

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Trade secret theft is a serious problem for both small and large businesses. These secrets are often smuggled out of a company by an employee to...

When Virtual Crimes become Crimes IRL

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Virtual crimes are committed through the use of digital software, the internet and computers. Virtual outlets such as The Oculus Rift, Microsoft...

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 childís health, safety against dangers or overall well-being has been endangered, a criminal offense of child...

About the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

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Computers were around for use in the 1980s without the integration of Windows for years. When it became apparent that these devices could be...

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 Canít 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,...

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...

What to Do After Identity Theft

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Identity theft occurs when a person takes someone elseís 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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...


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