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Exceptions to copyright infringement

It happens quite more frequently than we like to think-we see a nice quote or picture on the Internet and we include it in our speeches or presentations. Most of the time, we portray the work as our own without realizing that someone is actually the author and might own the copyright to that work. As a result, many Ohio residents end up infringing a copyright without even realizing it.

Get experienced counsel on your side when trapped by charges

If someone is facing white-collar criminal charges, they may find themselves not only defending their rights but also their reputation. An arrest alone can raise suspicions about one's character, even if the charges are dropped at a later date. A conviction has far-reaching consequences-imprisonment, which can lead to a loss of income and jeopardize future employment prospects and driving licensures can be revoked and fines levied, straining tight finances.

Computer-based criminal charges are serious legal matters

It may seem impossible for readers of this Cincinnati-based criminal defense legal blog to imagine living in the world without access to the Internet. Through their computers, smart phones and even sometimes their televisions, individuals can gain access to a wealth of information with just a few clicks. However, this ubiquity of technology has brought with it a host of problems, in addition to the many benefits its connectivity offers to users. In some cases, the laws that govern how individuals may use technology, and the interconnectedness of the World Wide Web may make seemingly innocuous behaviors criminal.

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.

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?

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.

What constitutes bribery?

There is often a thin line between staying within the confines of the law and breaking it. If one is not sure where the line is, it can be quite easy to commit a crime that one was not even aware. For example, getting favorable treatment from someone is not a crime unless that treatment was the result of an award or payment. Bribery, as it is known, are actions that are intended to influence or alter the actions of someone else. It differs from extortion in that bribery offers a positive reward whereas extortion revolves around negative acts for compliance.

What is the required intent for computer crimes?

Simply charging someone with a crime does not automatically mean they will eventually be found guilty in a criminal trial. The prosecution must prove their case, which means they must prove all the charged elements. For internet crimes, this includes proving the mental intent to prove the crime in question.

Are corporate crimes and white collar crimes the same?

The terms "corporate crime" and "white collar crimes" are both used interchangeably as they are both non-violent crimes related to some financial activity. Additionally, the type of charges are often similar, including but not limited to, embezzlement, fraud, bribery and money laundering. There are some key differences between the two that revolve around who benefits from the crime and who pays for it. These differences are very important to understand for Ohio residents facing criminal charges.

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