How Common Is Perjury?

Perjury is defined as the act of swearing an oath to tell the truth, either by speaking it or writing it with the intention of lying or withholding information. As you can imagine, perjury is considered a very serious offense because our judicial system relies so heavily on witness testimony and accounts to prosecute criminal acts as well as to defend alleged criminals who have yet to be proven guilty. Not only does our judicial system endeavor to prosecute those who have committed a crime, but it is dedicated to protecting the innocent who may fall victim to a false witness.

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The FBI’s 6 Most Prevalent Types of White-Collar Crime

In previous articles, I've described in general terms, the meaning of "white collar crime." While non-violent in nature and, by definition, committed by members of the educated, professional class, these crimes are still rigorously prosecuted in most jurisdictions and often carry stiff penalties. But this may leave you wondering, exactly what crimes are classified as "white collar"?

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Yes, Marijuana Is Now Legal — Within Limits

Although marijuana has been legal for recreational use in California for nearly a year now, many people are still confused about how to obtain pot and where they can legally smoke it.  The fact is, while California's laws governing private marijuana use are now far more liberal than they've been since the early 20th Century, significant legal restrictions remain in place; violations can carry significant criminal penalties.

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You Can’t Bail on Bail: How to Reduce the Costs of Jail Time

Are you imagining your favorite coming-of-age movie? The character desperately clinging onto the phone as they nervously wait for an exasperated “yes”? Maybe their friend throws down a few hundred bucks and promises not to tell their parents, then picks them up in their old truck. This scenario may work in the movies but in more serious cases, bail can cost you as much as a large home. This is why it’s so important to learn why hiring an attorney prior to bailing out and the first court appearance can immediately save you thousands and thousands of dollars.

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Call Anytime: The Importance of Attorney Availability

Have you ever called a friend or relative with important news and deflated at the sound of the BEEP? Realized your sent box was bigger than your inbox? When people don’t get back to you, you can feel disrespected or confused. Now, if you get that BEEP when trying to contact your attorney, it’s not only disheartening, it’s downright dangerous. The availability of your lawyer to take your calls, respond to emails, and set appointments can make or break your case.

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Is This Taken? Understanding Intellectual Property Theft

Whether you’re a business owner, artist, or consumer, intellectual property impacts you every single day. We constantly use patented technology, watch and listen to copyrighted material, and invent or learn of other people’s ideas. That’s why the theft of these intellectual properties can be so damaging to our global economy—these crimes affect us all.

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Check It Twice: Are Your Exports Legal?

International exports are closely monitored, regulated, and restricted by the Government. Regardless of how innocuous you think your item is, you need to know what can happen to them and you once you attempt to send them across borders.

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When the Officer Isn’t a Gentleman: Understanding Loan Fraud

To continue our month-long examination of white-collar crimes, we’re going to explore the various ways a loan officer or borrower can commit loan fraud. Similar to other white-collar crimes, a lot of money continuously circles this industry, from mortgage brokers, agents, appraisers, and officers. With proper documentation and distribution of financial information, this money goes where it should. As we saw in the 2008 subprime crisis, when white-collar criminals commit loan fraud, the ramifications can be catastrophic, tanking not only a person’s bank account but the whole economy.

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Dispelling the Top Two Myths About White-Collar Crimes

White-collar crime is my featured topic for the month of June. As discussed in my previous post, white-collar crimes can involve powerful people, complex schemes, and of course, lots of money. However, many common misperceptions prevail surrounding white-collar criminals, their offenses, and the consequences. Let’s look at a few common myths in need of busting.

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All About the Money: Exploring White Collar Crimes

Criminologist Edwin Sutherland coined the term “white collar crime” in 1939, and it remains the umbrella term to define crimes eliciting financial gain. Wearing a white collar means you’re a person of high economic status: someone who is invested in society with a lot to lose. Sutherland actually used white-collar crimes to prove how criminal behavior is learned from social phenomena. This translates into today’s world as well-connected people in power at large corporations commit many white-collar crimes.

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Beware the Warning Signs of a Bad Lawyer— It Just Might Save Your Life

The difference between a good lawyer and a bad lawyer can mean the difference between freedom, a prison term and yes—even a death sentence. Based on the severity of the situation, I cannot overstate the importance of selecting a seasoned, competent criminal defense attorney from the start. The longer a subpar lawyer works on your case, the less chance you have of achieving a favorable outcome. To save you from any potential problems, here are some warning signs to look out for when hiring counsel.

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Are You the Target of a Criminal Investigation? Here’s What To Do

Imagine this. You come home from a long day at work, kick off your shoes, and absentmindedly sort through the mail sprawled on the kitchen table. Mixed up with the phone bill and a supermarket ad is a white envelope with the return address, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Unfolding the document inside, you read something that takes your breath away: You are advised that you are a target of the Grand Jury’s investigation. Anything you do or say may be used against you in a subsequent legal proceeding.

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The Philosophy of a Certified Criminal Defense Lawyer

When you’re accused of a crime, the stakes are high. With your future and reputation on the line, you must appeal to those responsible for deciding your fate. Now, I’m not going to sugarcoat it: going to trial is hard. While we like to say defendants are innocent until proven guilty, juror judgment usually gets in the way. My job is to defend your coveted liberties against the opinions of strangers in an otherwise cold courtroom.

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