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Handling false allegations of online harassment

Online crime charges take many forms, but harassment is an especially tricky issue to deal with in many instances. People may be charged with harassment for a number of reasons, whether they were unaware that their behavior was against the law or they are even falsely accused of online harassment. For example, someone may break up with a spouse or partner and their ex may try to shatter their reputation and bring legal consequences by falsely accusing them of harassing them over the internet. We know how challenging these cases can be and it is pivotal to protect your interests.

If you have been accused of online harassment, it is pivotal to immediately go over your legal options, the ins and outs of the alleged incident(s) and the best course of action. Your future may be at stake, whether you run the risk of losing your job as a result of these allegations or you face serious penalties. If you are the parent of a teen who has been accused of cyber harassment, for example, it is equally important to protect their future by carefully examining the situation and exploring the legal options that may be on the table. Many teens have been falsely accused of harassment by a former friend or an enemy at school.

Variations on a traditional Ponzi scheme

Whenever news breaks of a developing Ponzi scheme, it becomes a topic of conversation in many Georgia households. Some people may be under the misunderstanding that this illegal activity is limited to situations where money is invested for unnaturally high returns. However, potential investors should be aware that Ponzi schemes are a type of fraudulent activity that can take on many different forms.

According to Forbes, the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission has been cracking down on a certain kind of Ponzi schemes that are promising safe gains. If the purported investment is offering “safe and secure” returns, people may not realize that this might be a scheme designed to bilk them of money. And as a result, they might not be as conscientious with their pre-investment research.

Georgia's view on cyberbullying

People in Atlanta tend to view cybercrime is hacking attacks launched by sophisticated "tech-heads" to either steal information or interfere with an organization's online activities. Yet the actual definition of cybercrime is criminal activities out with computers or via the Internet. Applying this definition could make cause cybercrime to hit closer to people's homes in the form of cyberbullying. Bullying itself is an age-old issue, yet cyberbullying is a relatively new problem. While the perceived impersonal nature of the Internet may cause some to believe that their online actions are viewed differently than by those they engage in person, the law often does not differentiate. 

Cyberbullying is a perfect example of this. While there certainly instances of adults bullying other adults online, cyberbullying is a problem typically associated with children and teens. Indeed, information compiled by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows that 15 percent of high school students report being bullied via electronic media. Teens and tweens might mistakenly believe that whatever they post on social media platforms, send through emails or communicate through instant or text messages is always viewed as being perfectly innocent given that disconnectedness of the medium of the Internet empowers them to say things that they do not actually mean. 

Embezzlement versus theft

People work hard to secure and maintain their funds, and a disruption in that can be very detrimental to their way of living. For this reason, any type of theft charge is quite serious.

Even though it is a white collar crime, embezzlement is still a federal crime. Though theft and embezzlement are related in some ways, they are different in the sight of the law.

Discussing drug charges with your loved ones

People often have a myriad of questions when they are charged with a drug offense, and they may be uncertain about how the charges will impact their future and the different penalties they might face. For some people, these charges can be especially difficult because they have no idea how to bring this topic up with family members. For example, someone may be terrified of talking about this matter with their spouse, with their children or with their parents. In Atlanta and across Georgia, many people have had to face these challenges.

A young person living with his or her parents may be worried that they will be kicked out of the home, or that their parents will no longer pay for their college tuition. Or, someone may have concerns that their spouse will leave them as a result of the situation, or that their relationship with their parents will be permanently shattered. These are just a few of the reasons why drug charges can create conflict within a family, and it is crucial to approach this topic with caution.

Avoiding unlawful tax avoidance strategies

Most in Atlanta have been raised believing that there are only two inevitabilities in life: death and taxes. There are some, however, that might say that the latter is not necessarily inevitable. Advertisements from providers offering advice and services to help people reduce their tax liabilities often pepper popular media. Some might even claim to know the secrets to avoid having to pay taxes altogether. Many may wonder which (if any) of these services are legitimate. 

Understanding which tax avoidance strategies is critical if one wants to avoid facing federal tax evasion charges (indeed, according to information shared by the Internal Revenue Service, 2,886 criminal tax evasion cases were initiated in 2018 alone). Minimizing one's tax liability is viewed as being a component of a successful personal finance strategy. The trick understanding how to do so within the confines of the law. 

Allegations of accounting embezzlement

White collar crimes take on many different forms, and in this blog, we will look into accounting embezzlement and some of the consequences that people may face when they find themselves accused of this offense. Aside from the legal penalties associated with embezzlement, there are many other hardships which someone may experience if they are accused of this offense. For example, they may face serious consequences in their career, whether they lose a job they have counted on for many years or are unable to land a new position years down the road. These are just some of the challenges that people charged with embezzlement may face and handling these allegations properly is vital.

As an accountant, accusations of embezzlement can be very serious. In some instances, these cases result from misunderstandings, while others may be framed and falsely accused of embezzlement or certain details may be exaggerated. Regardless of the unique details of your case, it is imperative to handle the situation cautiously and realize how much your life could be impacted by the charges. Not only could you face career problems, but your reputation may be shattered. For example, others in the community may look down on you and it might be difficult for you to find work in an entirely different field as well.

Older adults and drug charges

When people think of the typical person who finds themselves facing drug charges, they may envision a teenager or a young adult. Many younger people are charged with drug crimes, but it is important to remember that adults of all ages may be charged with a drug-related offense. Older adults may find themselves in this difficult position for various reasons, whether they are addicted to an unlawful substance or they face charges as a result of prescription medication that they take. If you are an older adult facing drug charges, it is pivotal to know which legal options are in front of you.

Drug charges can arise for various reasons, whether someone is pulled over and found to have unlawful substances in their possession or they are busted while attempting to acquire illegal drugs. Some older adults may take illegal opiates as a result of pain they have been struggling with, or an opiate addiction that resulted from chronic use of pain medication. Moreover, some older adults may take medications without a prescription, which can also be against the law. Drug charges carry a harsh stigma for all people, regardless of their age, and the consequences can be very disruptive.

The current state of cybercrime defense

Internet crime is a relatively new frontier in criminal justice. The topics are related to previous legal matters, but the tools of communication are diverse and novel. Additionally, the way people interact with web-based communications is always changing. Here is a brief look at the current status of cybercrime defense in this context.

As stated on its official site, the FBI sees national and international cybersecurity investigations as falling within its jurisdiction. This wide focus, combined with the various federal laws governing interstate crime, often means that prosecutors may attempt to direct cybercrime cases to federal courts.

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Store your prescriptions safely to prevent teen opioid abuse

An increasing number of teenagers have begun to abuse opioids in the United States. Some believe this may be because of its assessability.

It is not uncommon for teenagers to get their hands on the stuff by stealing it from their parents, an illegal act that parents could be held liable for. To protect yourself and your children from jail time and opioid abuse, follow these measures to ensure opioid prescriptions are stored in a safe, secure way.

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