Popularized by movies and television, many people in Georgia have heard of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. While it was enacted and is often associated with organized crime, the state’s RICO Act does not only apply to mobsters. Therefore, it is important for people to understand the act in order to help avoid unnecessary arrests and prosecutions.
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.
Federal offenses take many forms and the consequences associated with these charges can be devastating. From steep financial penalties to time in prison, someone charged with a federal offense may see their life change for the worse in various ways. Moreover, the damage to one's reputation in the wake of these charges can be significant too. We have covered different federal offenses on our blog and in this post, we will concentrate on mail fraud. If you are facing mail fraud charges, it is pivotal to go over each and every detail and make sure that you have a clear understanding of all legal options.
Just as with every other state in the U.S., Georgia has its own unique laws, constitution and court system. If you run afoul of these, you are likely to face criminal charges in the state. Depending on the circumstances of your alleged crime, you could find yourself facing federal charges, instead. At Conaway & Strickler, P.C., we often help our clients understand the differences between state and federal court processes.
Federal offenses take all sorts of forms, whether they involve unlawful substances or are financial in nature. In recent months, however, a considerable amount of attention has shifted toward immigration violations and these charges can be extremely difficult for a variety of reasons. Some people may not be aware of their rights and responsibilities when it comes to immigration laws, while others may be afraid of the potential consequences of an unsuccessful outcome. For example, they may have to leave the country, which could separate them from their loved ones or spell disaster for a career that they have worked hard to build.
Although Georgia has its own state laws regarding the purchase of firearms, how they can be carried and how people can use them within the state, federal laws often apply when a person faces weapons charges. According to the United States Sentencing Commission, federal firearms convictions often result in mandatory minimum prison sentences.
If you have been accused of destroying a public mailbox, you may be unsure of what to do next. While some may assume that these charges are relatively insignificant, harsh consequences may follow. Moreover, there are many other types of federal offense charges that people find themselves facing, which also carry serious ramifications. If you have been accused of public mailbox destruction or any other federal offense, it is pivotal to go over your legal rights and carefully evaluate your different options.