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Make sure the mortgage process is on the up and up

Mortgage fraud is a very serious matter that isn't usually ignored. Whether you are applying for a mortgage or trying to work with someone to get them one, you have to ensure that every statement you make is factual.

There are a few different types of mortgage fraud that can occur. Each of them is just as bad as the others.

Your defense strategy can't be a hodgepodge of points

All criminal charges must be taken very seriously by the defendant. Unfortunately, this country has become pretty complacent when it comes to criminal defense matters. This can actually harm the defendant because their case might hinge on nothing more than a hodgepodge of guesswork.

It is imperative that you allow us as much time to work on your case as possible. It is usually better to get started on a defense strategy months before a criminal trial begins instead of throwing something together on the walk to the courtroom. You don't want to go into a trial looking like you took the charges lightly and never worked on a defense.

Don't take a risk on a last-minute defense

White collar crimes are some that often come with considerable evidence against the person facing the charge. The paper trail in these cases is often lengthy, which can make it difficult to impossible to try to throw a defense plan together at the last minute. Instead of taking a risk on that, you need to start planning your defense as soon as you are aware that you are facing criminal charges.

We understand that you might not know where to start. For a person who is facing white collar crime charges on a first trek through the criminal justice system, figuring out where to go and what to do can be difficult. We are here to help you from start to finish.

Extortion uncovered in an elaborate call center fraud scheme

An example of extortion carried out on a broad scale is demonstrated by the arrest and conviction of a man who set up call centers used to defraud unsuspecting victims out of large sums of money.

The 2015 conviction was the result of months of work by the FBI and other government agencies who partnered in the effort to stop the extortion and apprehend the leader.

Tax evasion and tax avoidance are very different matters

Filing income tax isn't something that most people would consider a fun activity, but is something that must be done if you have taxable income. If you don't file your income taxes, there is a chance that you could face criminal charges.

There are two terms that people often use interchangeably, but they are actually very different terms. One of these is tax evasion and the other is tax avoidance. Tax evasion is illegal but tax avoidance isn't.

Know the specifics about your defense possibilities

The criminal justice system is often mystifying to the people who are facing charges. You need to be able to think clearly about what options you have for handling the matter so that you can decide what you feel is best. We can help you find out what kinds of strategies you might employ in your case.

Many criminal justice cases end before a trial. This is done by a plea deal, but this is only an option when you admit that you did the crime because you will usually have to plead no contest or guilty to the charges. The benefit of plea deals is that you can usually either get the charges reduced or get the sentence possibilities down from the maximum.

Criminal charges can come in a few different ways

Many people think of criminal charges as something that only comes when police officers see the crime being committed. This is one way that this might occur, but it is far from the only way.

In some cases, criminal charges are brought as the result of a criminal investigation. This is what usually happens on shows like "First 48" and similar shows. Detectives work to gather evidence and determine who is a suspect in the crime. This can happen quickly but it might take considerable time.

You need to understand the role of the grand jury

The trail that leads to white collar criminal charges is usually a lengthy one. The prosecution isn't likely going to act on information presented to it unless there is evidence to back the claims that were made. In many cases, an investigation is conducted. The evidence gathered during that process is handed over to a grand jury.

Unlike the trial jury, the grand jury doesn't decide if a defendant is guilty. Instead, the grand jury decides if there is enough evidence to warrant a criminal charge. The members of this jury look at everything during informal proceedings and give the prosecutor a recommendation about what they think should happen.

Making it more difficult to prosecute insider trading cases

In 2013, the United States attorney in Manhattan dropped charges and convictions for insider trading against an employee of SAC Capital Advisors, Michael S. Steinberg, and six cooperating witnesses who had entered guilty pleas in the matter.

The dismissals came after the Supreme Court declined to review an appeals court ruling on two overturned insider trading convictions, indicating that it has become more difficult to successfully pursue what they construe to be certain wrongful trading practices.

Signs that you might be participating in telemarketing fraud

Telemarketing fraud is something that is very serious. For people who use the telephone to make sales and handle customer contact, there is a fine line to walk regarding how you handle these calls. Missteps and misstatements can lead to accusations of telemarketing fraud.

There are some signs of telemarketing fraud that you need to know if you are in the telemarketing field. Knowing these can help you avoid situations in which you might face telemarketing fraud charges.

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