White collar crimes have established a reputation of being victimless-though the victims lose a chunk of their live savings, the perpetrator does not come face to face with their victims as one would if accused of robbery or assault. Perpetrators know that there are harming the market, not specific identified victims. This is why the psychology of the crime is different-there is no signal to the brain that a crime is going to be committed. Rather, there is a gradual slipping over the line until one does not even realize what they have done.
If you are convicted of criminal activity, such as a white-collar crime or a drug crime, you may not necessarily agree with the jury's verdict or with the judge's sentence. In this situation, filing an appeal is generally your only option.
As has been mentioned before on the Cincinnati Federal Crimes Blog, an indictment indicates a speedier criminal trial. A grand jury is charged with determining whether there is adequate reason for bringing criminal charges against an individual and when the indictment is granted, it allows the government to continue prosecution against the accused individual. Since the grand jury has already seen the evidence and decided to proceed against the accused, there is an assumption that the evidence must be strong.
Fraud has different types and it is important to know which type of fraud one is being accused of in order to ensure all the elements of the crime are being fulfilled. One common type of fraud is embezzlement, also known as employee theft.
Ohio, like a majority of the states, is strict on drug crimes. As noted previously on this blog, the rising drug crisis in the country has pushed authorities to strictly penalize even minor drug related infractions, causing people to face long-term consequences for minor crimes. Consequences can include not only prison time and fines, but could also include the suspension of driving privileges.