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If you receive a letter from a federal prosecutor that says you are the target of a grand jury investigation, then you’ve received what’s called a target letter, and generally, it will read like this.  What Is a “Target”? In a federal criminal investigation, people are put into three different categories: witness, subject and target. If you’re a target, law enforcement agents and the prosecutor believe you did something illegal. This means that the investigation is looking into you.  On the other hand, we have a subject. A subject means that federal investigators think that something illegal happened, and you may know something about it, but they aren’t necessarily trying to prosecute that person.  With that said, being a target is one of the worst places to be in an...
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What is Forgery? You have most likely seen forgery play out in movies and TV where one person is signing another person’s signature for some type of monetary gain, but most people don’t really know the real meaning of forgery in all its incarnations. So what is forgery and why is it considered such a serious crime? California Penal Code 470 PC defines forgery as, every person who, with the intent to defraud, knowing that he or she has no authority to do so, signs the name of another person or of a fictitious person to any of the items listed in subdivision (D) is guilty of forgery. The subdivision D referenced in this definition includes falsifying checks, bonds, bank bills, cashier’s checks, traveler’s checks, money orders, contracts, bills of...
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If you are a fan of the hit HBO show, “Big Little Lies”, you most likely tuned in for the final episode of Season 2 last night. This episode was drama-filled, ending with the five main characters, Bonnie, Celeste, Madeline, Renata, and Jane, walking into the police station to most likely confess to the murder of Perry Wright. Perry Wright, Celeste’s abusive husband, was found dead at the bottom of a staircase at the end of Season 1. Not knowing whether his death was an accident or murder, Season 2 cleared things up when it was made known that Bonnie had pushed him in order to protect her friend, Celeste. As this show takes place in Los Angeles, it poses the question: If Bonnie is charged with involuntary manslaughter for...
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In the corporate world, white collar crime is far from sparse. Business people have access to all sorts of insider information, funds, assets, etc. and these crimes can be very scandalous, especially when powerful faces in business are involved. If you take the risk of committing a white collar crime, you can face many years in prison, especially if you are unable to reach a deal with the prosecutor on the case. From the headlines, you have probably heard of a variety of white collar crimes. However, we are going to go over the most common types below: Securities Fraud As one of the most common types of white collar crimes today, securities fraud is at the top of our list. Securities fraud happens when one person makes a financial...
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Under the California Penal Code 290 PC, when an individual is convicted of a certain sex crime they are required to register as a sex offender. The California sex offender database is run by the California Department of Justice, and the information is uploaded to their “Megan’s Law” website for the public. What is Megan’s Law? After seven-year-old Megan Kanka was raped and killed by a known child molester in her neighborhood, Megan’s Law was enacted in 1996. This California law allows the government to notify the public about sex offenders whom it believes pose a public safety risk and every state now has some form of Megan’s Law. With that said, there are a couple of ways to keep your information from being posted on Megan’s Law website, which...
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What Makes an Effective Federal Criminal Defense Attorney? There are a number of traits that make a successful federal criminal defense lawyer. Some of the more obvious skills include intelligence, interpersonal skills, experience, and excellent written and oral communication. These skills are generally what people look for when they are seeking the help of a criminal defense lawyer for their case. Yet, there are other attributes that are often overlooked when individuals are researching lawyers that they should be aware of. The following will go over these traits and will hopefully help you find a criminal defense lawyer that will lead to a successful case. Assertiveness A trait that the best criminal defense attorneys share is they are assertive in voicing their opinions and are skilled in getting their main...
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