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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 elements must be proven to establish embezzlement?

When Ohio residents hear the term fraud, they may not know that there are many different types of frauds. Fraud is a broad term, which means to knowingly misrepresent the truth to someone or to knowingly conceal a material. Both actions are presumably done in order to get someone to act to their own detriment. Embezzlement is a common type of fraud.

White collar crime and tax evasion

For most Ohioans, tax season has come and gone without a hiccup. Sure, some individuals may have had to pay more into taxes than expected, or their return may have been less than they wished, but other than that they will not have any further communication with the IRS until next year's tax time. Others, though, will find themselves being audited for any number of reasons. When this happens, these individuals may find themselves being accused of a serious crime, like tax evasion.

Five Ohioans face identity theft charges

As our lives become more digitized, our personal information has become more valuable, requiring extensive protection. While it is nearly impossible to fully protect one's personal identification information, when his or her personal information is allegedly stolen and funds are accessed as a result, he or she, along with the prosecutor, may consider aggressively pursuing criminal charges. Those individuals who are at the receiving end of these charges can come face-to-face with the potential for serious penalties that can redefine their lives.

Cincinnati firm poking holes in white collar crime cases

Criminal offenses that deal with bilking people out of money without violence are often referred to as white collar crimes. These crimes, which may include identity theft, embezzlement, computer crimes, and fraud, are aggressively prosecuted. After all, everyone wants to protect their finances, so when money unexpectedly goes missing, or goes missing in a questionable way, those involved are going to seek to place the blame somewhere. This means that those who face white collar crime allegations may be in for a hard fight for their freedom and reputations.

White collar crimes and mortgage fraud

The mortgage industry is booming as the economy recovers from the Great Recession. However, since the economy collapsed about a decade ago, many lenders have tightened their lending standards, meaning that many everyday Ohioans are left unable to obtain a loan. Of course, these mortgage loans are only given after people submit an application which details their income and their debts. With mortgage companies facing an influx of applications, it can be hard for them to thoroughly vet all applications, which could tempt some to fudge the numbers a bit. However, under Ohio law this is considered mortgage fraud.

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