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December 2013 Archives

White Collar Crimes: GA lawmaker cleared of fraud charges

When a person is accused of white collar crimes, the burden of proof is placed on law enforcement and the prosecution. This means that the accused individual is considered innocent of criminal wrongdoing unless prosecutors can provide enough evidence to demonstrate a person is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Drug crimes: Mandatory sentences may lead to unfair outcomes

Defendants should always take drug charges seriously, no matter the nature of the allegations being made. However, if the charges are being handled as a federal criminal matter, the stakes may be even higher. Not only do federal law enforcement officials and prosecutors have significant resources at their disposal, but the potential consequences for conviction are often more serious that those issued for state-level charges.

Identity Theft: The government is getting aggressive

The government is getting aggressive in its fight against fraud and identity theft cases.  See Tax Return Preparer Convicted of Identity Theft as an example.  At Conaway & Strickler, we have handled many identity theft and fraud cases.  A criminal identity theft case can begin in many ways, such as being arrested trying to cash a fraudulent check at the bank.  Or, a person could be pulled over for a traffic infraction.  Once pulled over, a search by the police may turn up multiple IDs, multiple credit cards, etc. The arrest may begin at the state level, but the fe ds then work to build a federal case against you while they have you stuck under the conditions of a bond.  The biggest piece of advice we can offer if that person is you is DON'T SAY ANYTHING.  There are potential motions we could argue that could benefit your case.  The more statements one makes, the more information the government gains.  Contact Conaway & Strickler ASAP so that we can guide you to a positive resolution to your case.  

Federal Crimes charges for Rapper in Atlanta

When a person is convicted on federal crimes that are a felony, there are a variety of legal consequences, some of which aren't limited to prison time. For example, people convicted of a felony aren't allowed to own a firearm. Simply owning a gun under these circumstances can result in serious criminal charges.

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