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Check Fraud: How to Stay out of Jail

By Law Office of James Alston on September 12, 2014

In legal terms, fraud is the act of intentionally deceiving another person with false information or trickery in order to benefit the person committing the fraud. Check fraud is the use of checks to deprive a person, business or bank of money or valuables. Check fraud frequently occurs when a person pays for items with a check... Read the full post»

Avoid an Embezzlement Conviction with These Defenses

By Law Office of James Alston on September 8, 2014

Embezzlement is the illegal practice of taking money or valuables by a person who is responsible for overseeing the money or valuables. This crime is different from simple theft because the person taking the valuables has the legal right to possess and manage the valuables. In order to prove a charge of embezzlement, the prosecution must show... Read the full post»

I Impersonated Someone Online: Can the Police Arrest Me?

By Law Office of James Alston on September 3, 2014

Laws regarding criminal activities that are carried out on the Internet have had to expand rapidly to keep pace with the growing presence of the web in daily life. Some of these laws deal with a crime known as online impersonation. These days, many people are putting out their own personal websites, blogs and social media... Read the full post»

Statute of Limitations: You Can Relax This Labor Day Knowing Your Crime Has Expired

By Law Office of James Alston on August 29, 2014

The Constitution includes provisions that guarantee a speedy, fair trial to anyone that has been formally charged with a criminal offense. This right was intended to prevent the abuse of legal and judicial power by the court system. The statute of limitations has a similar function, although it is applied in a different way. This statute limits... Read the full post»

Take Action Now If the Cops Are Investigating You for Check Fraud?

By Law Office of James Alston on August 25, 2014

Using a check to obtain money in an illegal way may be prosecuted as check fraud. This can include activities like writing checks with insufficient funds or forging a check. The penalties for check fraud can range from fines and mandatory restitution to extended jail sentences. The penalties for check offenses increase sharply based on the amount... Read the full post»

Should I Turn Myself in for Cyber Crimes?

By Law Office of James Alston on August 20, 2014

Most computer crimes that get extensive media coverage are stories of expert criminals who steal important information. In reality, there is a long list of computer related activities that can be prosecuted as cyber crimes. Identity theft, online impersonation and unauthorized access of computer systems may all be subject to prosecution. The penalties for these crimes can... Read the full post»

Money Laundering: Common Defense Strategies to Ensure Freedom

By Law Office of James Alston on August 15, 2014

Money laundering is a criminal offense involving the illegal use of money that was the product of crime. These charges are often filed in cases involving organized crime. The term "laundering" refers to the way in which "dirty" money is cycled through legitimate businesses in order to remove the links to crime. For example, an organized crime... Read the full post»

Mortgage Fraud: Plan on Going to Jail If You Don’t Hire an Attorney

By Law Office of James Alston on August 11, 2014

When the housing market crisis reached its peak several years ago, law enforcement noticed a sharp increase in the frequency of mortgage fraud cases. It is possible that people were taking advantage of market confusion to execute fraud schemes or that corruption was allowing fraud to increase. Whatever the reason, patterns and similarities began to emerge... Read the full post»

Sex Crimes: Some Decisions Will Haunt You Forever

By Law Office of James Alston on August 8, 2014

No other category of criminal offense intimidates the public more than sex crimes do. When people think of sex crimes, they tend to think of lewd acts committed against children; however, they can include a number of other offenses as well. A few of the acts that could be considered sex crimes include: [caption id="attachment_3954" align="alignright" width="225"]... Read the full post»

Should I Turn Myself in for Tax Fraud?

By Law Office of James Alston on August 6, 2014

Fraud is defined as a deceptive practice or action that is intended to create some benefit for the person perpetrating the fraud. In a legal context, fraud is the use of lies, deceit or misinformation to obtain something of value, usually money. Tax fraud is the criminal act of supplying false tax information, neglecting to pay taxes... Read the full post»

 

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