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Is refilling a prescription drug always illegal?

It seems innocuous enough-taking a pill out of a friend or family member's medicine cabinet. Since the medicine is coming from a house and not from the street, many people don't even realize its against the law-not just state law but also federal law. As a result, people end up facing serious consequences.

Prescription drugs are considered controlled substances. This is in comparison with other medicines that considered over-the-counter and be purchased without a medical professional signing off on the prescription. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act have made it illegal for anyone to access a prescription drug without a written prescription. Additionally, if the doctor has prescribed too much medicine or has prescribed the medicine knowing its going to be resold, the medical practitioner can also be held legally liable.

You have reason to be wary of insider trading

If you work in the financial industry, one of your biggest concerns may be finding yourself under investigation for insider trading. The Securities and Exchange Commission has made a name for itself in putting people in prison for engaging in this activity.

The problem is that even with ever more specific definitions of the crime, it's still possible that you could make a crucial mistake that leads to a charge of insider trading. With a little knowledge of what it is and how it occurs, you may keep yourself out of trouble.

Types of identity theft

Identity theft is a form of fraud that is becoming increasingly more common, which may be one of the reasons it is being dealt with harshly in the courts. According to the Identity Fraud Study of 2017, identity thieves have stolen over $107 billion in the last six years.

Identity theft is when one person takes information of another person for the purpose of assuming the victim's name or identity to make transactions or purchases. Whereas Ohio residents may think the traditional identity theft is going through trash bins looking for bank account or credit card statements and making fraudulent credit card purchases, the reality is that the crime has evolved to include stealing online identities. High tech identity thefts are often accused of accessing corporate databases to view customer information. All identity theft is not equal and it is important to understand the charges one is facing to ensure that an adequate defense can be mounted.

Income tax fraud or carelessness?

The laws surrounding taxation are so complex in the country that one cannot fault Ohio residents for getting confused when going through the relevant paperwork. Many end up making a mistake while trying to comply with the law and the question that comes up then is: is it income tax fraud or negligence?

Income tax fraud takes place when someone willfully, intentionally attempts to defraud the Internal Revenue Service. It can be by an individual or through a corporation, although, the IRS estimates that individual taxpayers commit 75 percent of income tax fraud. Examples of fraud include willfully failing to pay taxes due, intentionally failing to file a tax return, preparing and filing a false return and making fraudulent or false claims.

Fraud allegations levied against defunct online school

Allegations of fraud continue to plague what used to be Ohio's largest online charter school, as Ohio's auditor claims the school inflated student participation numbers to collect millions in taxpayer money. He is now handing over what he considered proof to the authorities.

His audit relied heavily on the program that the charter school used to track online student participation. According to him, the school handed over documentation to the Ohio Department of Education that showed log-in and log-out times but the information did not include the websites being visited or the programs students were enrolled in. Upon a deeper dive, he alleges he discovered that the school did not deduct anything from the student's time on the computer. This means that learning time, idle time and time spent on a non-learning activity was all included in the time being tracked.

The role of depositions in the justice system

if someone is facing criminal charges, whether relating to drug crimes or money laundering, they should not take the prosecution's word that there is evidence against them at face value. Parties have and should avail the right to conduct an investigation into the charges and find out more about the case. If received before the trial begins, it can provide valuable insight into what the other party might try to argue or if the case can be resolved through a plea negotiation.

Discover, as the investigation is formally called, can come in a number of different forms. Ohio residents may be familiar with subpoenas, whereby documents are produced or depositions, whereby witness statements are collected under oath, before the trial begins.

Avoid adverse effects of drug charges with professional help

There is a common misconception that anyone arrested for committing a crime must have done it. After all, law enforcement agencies only arrest someone after they have gathered enough evidence. But, this is not always the case. As mentioned previously, not all evidence is credible and admissible. Additionally, arguments can be countered and stories discredited with the help of an experienced defense attorney.

Putting one's case forward from the onset is essential though. Accusations and allegations of drug crimes have the potential to ruin someone's life and reputation in an instant. Since Ohio is home to one of the cities that falls in the 100 most dangerous cities in the country, criminal charges carry serious penalties. Therefore, imprisonment, fines, penalties, license revocation and probation can follow a conviction. All of this can impact one's ability to earn a living.

Facing charges of credit card fraud

Few people in Ohio and across the country do not carry at least one credit card in their wallets. Credit cards are the go-to form of payment for many, especially those buying big-ticket items like appliances. The convenience and ease of using credit cards make them popular and even dangerous for those who may have trouble controlling their spending habits.

Credit cards are also attractive to fraudsters, and some have developed sophisticated ways to access the information necessary to obtain credit. If you are under investigation for credit card fraud, you have reason to be concerned, especially if authorities suspect you of felony offenses. Securing legal counsel may be in your best interests.

Is all evidence equal and admissible?

Much of a criminal case revolving around drug crimes depends on the type of evidence recovered at the scene of the alleged crime. Since facing drug charges itself is so overwhelming, Ohio residents may not be aware that not all evidence collected holds the same weight, and not all of it can be admitted. Certain laws govern how different parties in criminal trial present evidence and how it is going to be evaluated. This subject is important in all criminal trials, and it is a major part of all trial involving drug charges.

It is important to understand the different types of evidence and how much credibility it will hold in court. Circumstantial evidence is perhaps, the most common type of evidence -- it is evidence that is supposed to prove a fact by proving circumstances from which the matter can be reasonably inferred. For example, video surveillance that shows the accused was on the same block where the crime was committed could be considered strong circumstantial evidence.

Scheduled drugs uncovered in Ohio home, leading to felony charges

Seeing police officers at one's doors may be overwhelming and give people the impression they must answer every question posed to them, but this is not the case. When someone is under suspicion for committing a crime, they have rights they can exercise, including the right to remain silent and they should consider availing them, as even innocuous questions like 'who's room is this' can end up being significant.

Three men arrested on suspicion of committing drug crimes in Ohio may be assessing their rights, as various drugs, drug paraphernalia and weapons were recovered from their house. The authorities claim that they were executing a search warrant at a home, where a 33-year-old man was in a bedroom he claimed was his own. In that room, the police supposedly found a small scale, small plastic baggies and a single-shot 12 gauge shotgun. On the 33-year-old man's body, they allegedly recovered a total of 5.6 grams of amphetamine. He faces charges of trafficking in drugs (methamphetamine) in the vicinity of a child, a second degree felony and a third-degree felony of having weapons under disability.

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