As is the case with most people in Atlanta, the thought of committing a federal offense has never even crossed your mind. The thought of playing a prank, however, may just have. You have probably heard before that damaging or destroying public mailboxes is a crime. Yet what you (and likewise many of those who have come to see us here at Conaway& Strickler, PC) may not be aware of is that it is a federal crime, and one that authorities take very seriously.
If you are actively employed in Georgia and are a recipient of income each on a consistent basis, you are required to fill out a tax return each year. The information you provide will be processed and verified by officials with the Internal Revenue Service who will verify that you are not missing anything on your forms that could indicate you are not filing your taxes properly. At Conaway & Strickler, PC Attorneys at Law, we are committed to advocating for people who have been accused of federal crimes.
The thought of paying taxes may not be anyone's idea of a good time, and some people in Georgia make decisions to purposely report improper information on their tax returns so they do not owe as much money. This is known as tax evasion. This is different than tax avoidance, and there may be serious federal charges for those who intentionally fool the Internal Revenue Service.
Those who have been charged with any type of immigration offense may be under an incredible amount of pressure. These charges can make someone feel very vulnerable and completely unsure about their future. Unfortunately, many people have found themselves in this position over a misunderstanding or accidental failure to abide by various immigration laws. However, the consequences can turn their lives upside down regardless. If you are facing charges related to immigration, you should review your case carefully and be aware of how these charges could have an impact on your future.
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.