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Accused of possessing a controlled substance? Stay in control

Being taken into custody for a drug-related crime can understandably be unsettling. After all, you may be worried about your immediate situation, along with how you will eventually have to defend yourself. In addition, you might also be worried about your long-term future, such as whether a drug conviction will make it challenging for you to land future employment.

Ohio state laws and federal laws make it illegal for you to possess controlled substances. These laws additionally criminalize possessing the precursor chemicals used in the manufacture and cultivation of drugs. However, charges can vary depending on the drug type, drug amount and location where the alleged drug offense occurred.

Experienced counsel could help fight identity theft penalties

People facing criminal charges often feel like they have been punished without ever even going through the criminal justice system. Those who have been through it and are cleared of any wrongdoing feel like they have been penalized even though they are not guilty. Beginning from the initial arrest down to the time one is acquitted, people face many repercussions socially, financially, emotionally or even physically.

Whether the charges stem from white-collar crimes or violent crimes, the media begins smearing one's reputation and people begin assuming the worst. Feeling overwhelmed by the system, many people forget they have basic rights they can avail, including the right to a lawyer.

What are the penalties for identity theft?

The Internet provides anonymity to everyone. Sitting behind the computer, no one really truly knows who they are talking to. This anonymity may be the reason identity theft is increasing steadily across the country. Rather than go to the bank with someone else's identification cards, now bank accounts can be opened from one's own home.

However, stealing someone's identity is a crime that is treated very severely across the country, including Ohio. In fact, in Ohio, it is categorized in five degrees, which is dependent on the financial loss someone suffered and the characteristics of the victim. Before looking at the categorization, it is important to understand what identity theft is broadly. Identity theft is when someone is accused of using another person's identity, such as their social security number and other identifying information, to open bank accounts in that person's name fraudulently.

DEA uses GPS device to track down suspect

No matter the severity of a crime, if an individual is convicted, he or she is likely to endure life-impacting penalties. Many do not realize the consequences of a conviction on drug charges. They may be under the impression that only violent crimes carry heavy fines and lengthy prison sentences. However, when it comes to drug charges, the severity varies depending on a number of factors, including the amount of controlled substance the accused was allegedly found with and the number of times someone has been convicted of a crime before.

According to recent reports, an Ohio man faces drug distribution charges in connection to his alleged connection to a large drug trafficking ring.If convicted, he could face up to life in prison. One of the reasons for this is that this is not his first run-in with the law. Reports indicate that he was previously sentenced to six years in prison for an unrelated crime.

Is insider trading always illegal?

There are some white collar crimes that are confusing to understand. Insider trading charges are prime examples of this because they are legal in some instances and illegal in others. This is why it is important for Cincinnati residents to understand what the term means and what can make it illegal.

In its most basic form, inside trading is when someone who has access to material information about the security that has not yet been made public, buys or sells it. Not only does the person have to take these actions, but it could also be illegal to tip off others when one has this special knowledge. What makes it illegal? If the person has access to special knowledge that is not available to others, giving them an edge over everyone else makes it a crime.

At the heart of many white collar crimes is one word: Fraud

The word "fraud" covers a litany of actions. People often use it too liberally when it comes to the actions of otherwise law-abiding citizens here in Ohio and elsewhere. Due to their non-violent nature, people often envision white-collar crimes as crimes committed by con men in expensive suits with slicked back hair and a flair for the dramatic. This Hollywood vision of someone accused of fraud grossly misrepresents the people who end up facing charges for some type of fraud.

In reality, allegations of fraud could arise out of otherwise innocent miscommunications, lapses in judgment or some other mistake. If you fall into one of these categories, you could be facing criminal charges for fraud, and you may want to know why.

Experience counts when defending against criminal charges

Ohio residents spend years building their reputation, either as a dedicated and loyal worker or business owner or as an impeccable member of their society. Maintaining that reputation is often a crucial part of their career, as people are willing to work with someone they trust unhesitatingly. It is unfortunate then that white-collar criminal charges, levied so quickly at times, have the effect of tarnishing one's reputation and career so quickly.

Even though an arrest doesn't mean a conviction, people are quick to jump to conclusions and assume the worst. This is why white-collar criminal charges, most of them related to fraud and deception, taint one's image. Even being taken in for questioning raises doubts in other's minds. It is therefore very important to consider fighting them quickly and aggressively. Especially in cases such as criminal copyright infringement, where one often does not even know the law has been broken but can face serious criminal penalties.

When is copyright infringement a criminal case?

The Internet makes searching and sharing information easy, but sharing can lead to copyright infringement. Simple searches reveal music, artistic images, literary work and technical drawings for anyone to see, and unfortunately, even misuse, albeit unknowingly. Many people may not even be aware they are breaking the law because they don’t know what copyright infringement entails.

What is copyright? It is a form of protection offered to the author of a work. It is granted by law to the creator of work fixed in a tangible medium of expression, whether it is published or not. This means that intellectual property law protects original works of authorship from the moment they are created, whether they are registered or not. Some examples of work protected are movies, songs, computer programs, books and poetry.

Ohio man accused of money laundering from nonprofit

When a person is accused of a white-collar crime, they may think that the situation is not too serious. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Prosecutors in Ohio will not go easy on those they accuse of committing a white-collar crime, and will prosecute them to the full extent possible. Therefore, those accused of white-collar crimes should take all the steps necessary to defend themselves, as one Ohio man may soon need to do.

According to recent reports, a manager of a branch of a nonprofit agency in Ohio, RMS of Ohio, which serves those who are disabled developmentally, is being accused of stealing over $10,000 from eight clients, per the man's indictment. The 31-year-old man is specifically facing charges of money laundering, record tampering and felony theft.

What is money laundering?

The topic of money laundering has come up often in the news lately, but what is money laundering? Many Ohio residents may not be aware that it is a crime to conceal the identity, source or the destination of money. For example, banks and various types of financial institutions are required to report financial transactions over a certain amount.

Lawmakers say that criminals sometimes seek to conceal the illicit nature of their income through various money laundering schemes. These often involve working with another partner in a transaction that, on the surface, appears legitimate, but is in fact intended to hide the true source of the assets.

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