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3 ways you could accidentally commit credit card fraud

Committing credit card fraud may be the last thing you intend to do. While this is a term often used to describe a wide range of theft and fraud using a credit card, it usually has an association with unauthorized credit card charges. There are seemingly innocent or accidental actions you can take that can get you in financial or legal trouble.

Suspect found inside of couch in his home

A man in Ventura now faces charges related to a armed bank robbery after police arrested the man while he was allegedly hiding inside a couch in his home. After authorities received footage of a man they claim is the suspect using a weapon to rob a bank, a SWAT team descended on the man's house and took him into custody after they found him.

2 Inland Empire residents arrested for string of car burglaries

The Laguna Beach Police Department (LBPD) has reportedly arrested two individuals it believes are responsible for having burglarized various cars during June of 2017. A multi-department investigation led officers to one suspect who, once arrested, was able to identify another. Officers with the LBPD first began receiving reports of vehicle burglaries in north Laguna Beach on June 3, 2017. Detectives with the city's police force were assigned to investigate the crime given that there appeared to be not just one isolated incident, but a serial burglar on the loose.

You deserve a strong defense, no matter what

Even in cases where it seems as though the guilt of a suspect is clear cut, it is crucial for any person charged with a crime to obtain the strongest criminal defense that he or she can get. Mounting a strong criminal defense, even when the evidence seems strong for the prosecution, helps keep the sentencing fair, and also recognizes the possibility that everything about the circumstances may not be as they seem. Even if a person is legitimately guilty of an act, when he or she fights for his or her freedom, he or she is also fighting for the rights of those who cannot afford strong representation.

Early morning raids net a dozen involved in identity theft ring

A multi-year probe into an identity theft, credit care fraud, and drug smuggling ring resulted in the early morning arrests of more than a dozen different individuals on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. The round-up, which required the collaboration of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other Los Angeles and Orange County law enforcement agencies to effectuate, involved several simultaneous raids in the early morning hours that same day.

How do burglary and robbery differ?

Burglary and robbery are very similar, but legally distinct concepts that carry separate sentences in a courtroom. Often, the difference between one charge or the other comes down to a some small details, but those details could be the difference between facing fines or community service and facing jail time. It is always wise to know the differences to help protect your rights.

What is theft?

Understanding the nature of property laws, and theft in particular, is sometimes a bit more complex than it may seem. In general, theft occurs when one party takes or withholds someone else's property or right to that property.

Sentencing in California identity theft cases

Identity theft is a crime that has the potential to not only rob an individual of hard-earned financial resources or credit rating, but to adversely impact a person's reputation. This is one of the reasons states like California prosecute the illegal obtaining, intention or actual use of another's personal information so aggressively.

Property crime continues to be a problem in Orange County

If the numbers of car burglaries in Orange County were not alarming enough in 2015, they saw very little improvement in 2016. This unnerving trend has led police to back out into the streets, going door-to-door with volunteers to warn county residents about the importance of not only keeping their car doors locked and valuables out of sight, but to notify law enforcement of any suspected suspicious activity in their area as well.

What if I'm injured while on another person's property

If you recently found yourself facing trespassing charges, you may have more legal options than you realize. Proper representation from an experienced attorney can help you navigate this tricky legal area, while ensuring that your rights remain protected in the process. Furthermore, if you were injured on someone else's property, even if it resulted in your trespassing charges, you may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit.

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