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The questionable relationship between the FBI and the Geek Squad

If you are not already aware, then be forewarned; if a repair tech working on your personal computer comes across illegal material, it will likely be reported. So, let's say you have a problem with your hard drive and you need to have some data recovered. When you turn your computer over to be serviced, you are agreeing that a technician can look through the contents of the drive because it is required to perform the job. As such, the discovery of illegal subject matter, typically child pornography, is usually an act of happenstance and not the result of a deliberate search.

How reliance affects potential securities fraud charges

If you work as a broker, your ability to get and keep customers is likely tied to your reputation. And if you are known as someone who consistently provides clients with quality service and solid returns on their investments, your opportunities for success should be unlimited. However, if a dissatisfied customer claims that your methods are in violation of securities regulations, not only does your personal brand suffer, but you could find yourself on the receiving end of criminal charges.

What are my options for handling a shoplifting charge?

Shoplifting is a crime and being accused of pilfering something from a store can be one of the most embarrassing things that could ever happen to you. Because stores are often filled with other patrons, you could become the subject of some very unwanted attention if you are singled out for attempting to steal something.

Under what circumstances can I claim entrapment?

Government agencies are very keen on getting individuals who they believe are committing serious crimes or who pose a threat to national security, off the streets and into a prison cell. But in their zealousness to pursue their view of justice, they can sometimes overstep their legal boundaries.

Honest business accounting mistakes can create Ponzi schemes

Any company can run into cash flow problems. And when this happens, a business owner may have to come up with some creative ways to keep things afloat while working back toward solvency. But if you are in such a situation, you want to be sure that none of the accounting methods you employ will expose you to accusations of criminal wrongdoing.

Computer Fraud and Abuse Act aims to punish hackers

As you are likely aware, the hacking of computer systems has been at the core of many news stories of late. These stories relate to hackers acquiring information that ultimately was made public and became a part of our recent presidential election. But there are a variety of other reasons that someone may attempt to gain illegal access to a computer system, which includes looking for personal data for purposes of ID theft or simply to cause damage and create havoc.

Can I be implicated if my roommate is arrested for selling drugs?

In a perfect world, we would all have our own apartment or even house and not have to depend on others to help us pay the rent. Unfortunately, with housing costs being what they are, many people have to share living quarters with others. When a roommate is dependable and well-behaved, this arrangement can work out very well.

Selling counterfeit goods can yield serious penalties

For those with an entrepreneurial spirit, the Internet is an extremely useful tool that provides myriad ways to build a business and earn a good living. And one of the most common ways that people use the Internet to make money is through the sale of consumer goods. Of course, companies like Amazon dominate the sales of commercial products, but anyone with a vision can get in on the act and sell their goods on sites like eBay or Etsy.

Suspects facing multiple charges for Yorba Linda burglary

Being charged with burglary in California is a serious problem in and of itself. But the way the law works, it is quite likely if you are ever arrested in connection with a burglary, you will also be charged with other crimes as well. So, in addition to the possible penalties that could be assessed for a burglary conviction, the ancillary charges could make matters that much worse.

Suspects facing multiple charges for Yorba Linda burglary

Being charged with burglary in California is a serious problem in and of itself. But the way the law works, it is quite likely if you are ever arrested in connection with a burglary, you will also be charged with other crimes as well. So, in addition to the possible penalties that could be assessed for a burglary conviction, the ancillary charges could make matters that much worse.

Be prepared when going to a protest

One of the best aspects of living in the United States is that our constitution guarantees us all freedom of speech. And when issues arise that cause us concern, we are able to freely assemble and express ourselves. But if you should decide to be part of a protest, you should educate yourself on how to avoid being arrested.

Hacker who obtained personal photos of celebrities sentenced

A large part of California's mystique derives from the fact that it is home to Hollywood. And it seems the public has an insatiable appetite for information about the celebrities who live in and around the area. So much so that there is big money available for photographers who can get snapshots of the rich and famous at their most vulnerable moments.

Differentiating between tax evasion and negligence

According to some estimates, individual taxpayers commit more tax fraud than corporations. The IRS estimates show non-conformance of the tax code by taxpayers. Not all violations can be associated with tax fraud. To understand this, one needs to understand the difference between tax fraud and negligence.

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