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What is Title 28? The rules, procedures and ethical standards laid out in Title 28 of the United States Code discusses what is required are heavily oriented towards court officials and other employees; rather, these guidelines are meant to describe rights that individuals have when they interact with the legal system, including courts, prisons, and...
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What is Title 21? Title 21 of the United States Code details the types of violations of rules of the Food and Drug Administration that are punishable under law, and it also goes over the procedures for how these crimes are charged and processed. As federal offenses, these charges can have a serious impact on...
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What is Title 18? Title 18 lists all of the crimes that you can be charged with at a federal level. There are dozens of crimes that you can be charged with under Title 18 of the United States Code, and crimes that are charged under Title 18 includethe following: Bribery Embezzlement Extortion Homicide Kidnapping...
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When comparing Child Pornography to ‘standard’ Sexual Pornography you are dealing with two completely different beasts. The United States Code currently defines “Child Pornography” as “any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor (someone under 18 years of age). Visual depictions include photographs, videos, digital or computer generated images indistinguishable from an actual...
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When it comes to federal crimes, it is natural to have previously held ideas about what your rights are and what the federal justice system is or is not allowed to do regarding your rights as a citizen. Below, we will present three common myths about the justice system and explain what the facts really...
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So you’ve been charged with extortion, what should you do? Section 518 of the California Penal Code defines extortion as “obtaining of property from another, with his consent, or the obtaining of an official act of a public officer, induced by a wrongful use of force or fear, or under color of official right.” Public...
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If you are facing drug possession charges, there are several different strategies that may result in a verdict that is favorable to you. Protection of your rights is going to be the first priority of your defense lawyer. If you were denied your constitutional rights during the criminal proceedings, the charges could be dropped. An...
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Judges determine the length of prison terms using the US States Sentencing Guidelines. They are a bit like a mathematical formula that can calculate the length of the prison term using several different factors. These include: The seriousness of the criminal act The criminal history of the defendant Factors that could have aggravated and mitigated...
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Murder for Hire or Contract Killing is a serious offense that can invite death penalty in some US states. The statute 18 U.S.C. § 1958, which forms a part of the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984 covers Murder for hire. What is Murder for Hire? If a person or organization hires another person or...
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US citizens cannot engage in unlawful sexual acts while they are abroad. Each year, millions of Americans travel to different parts of the world. The vast majority of them are law abiding citizens with absolutely no criminal intentions. There are, nonetheless, a few who travel with the purpose of engaging in unlawful sexual acts with...
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In California, Arson is a serious felony crime that can invite prison time, harsh monetary fines, and a permanent criminal history. Arson can take various forms. Setting fire to one’s own property for economic benefit is one form of arson. Setting fire to another’s property for revenge is another form. If you’re facing charges related...
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If someone knowingly possesses, transfers, or uses a ‘means of identification’ belonging to another person without lawful authority, it will be considered as aggravated identity theft. In this United States, this is a felony crime. Some of the felonies outlined in 18 U.S.C. §1028A include false representation of citizenship; theft of public property, money, or...
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In the case Winterbottom v. Wright, Judge Rolf observed that: ‘hard cases, it is frequently observed, are apt to introduce bad law”. The Tom case makes for a very twisted reading of a defendant’s ‘Miranda rights, so it’s a classic hard case/bad law. Under the Tom scenario, a defendant has lost the right to remain...
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In this case, the Defendants challenged the constitutionality of C.P. 288.(h) claiming that it violated the Equal Protection Clause because it criminalized consensual masturbation, but not consensual intercourse. The Court of Appeals upheld the conviction, which was reversed by a lower appellate court, finding a rational relationship between the category of harm to be prevented...
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Leon Hardrick, a retired Customs Border and Patrol agent, was convicted on two counts of possessing child pornography, and sentenced to 10 years in prison. Upon reading the decision, it becomes clear that both the conviction and the penalty imposed are based on circumstantial evidence. There was no direct evidence that he had intentionally downloaded...
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Money laundering is nothing new, and one scheme, the Black Market Peso Exchange (BMPE), has been operating for decades. Political circumstance contributed largely to the creation of this system; Colombia banned the US dollar in the 1960s and simultaneously imposed higher taxes on imported goods. These two developments made the peso brokers relatively common in...
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