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Shoplifting charges can have serious consequences

Many residents of California have extremely busy lives. Rushing from one place to the next, trying to get everything done before the day is out, it is easy to become careless or forgetful. Unfortunately, sometimes this can get you into serious trouble, especially if the mistakes you made can be construed as a deliberate attempt at committing a crime.

40 years later, the federal government's war on drugs endures

Statistics from the United States Sentencing Commission show that in fiscal year 2013 over 30 percent of all reported federal crimes were drug trafficking offenses and that roughly 96 percent of those facing these charges were ultimately sent to federal prison.

Is stalking a federal crime?

Most residents of California have at least a basic knowledge of the laws of their home state. However, there are so many permutations of some laws and such a wide range of offenses to understand that very few people know the law inside out. Furthermore, state and federal laws do not always match up, so you could find that something that receives fairly minor penalties at the state level could be punished far more harshly at the federal level.

State laws can differ from federal rulings

Most residents of California know that being found in possession of illegal drugs can be bad news. This is often made even worse if you are then suspected of dealing or manufacturing the substances in question. The result of this can be a lengthy criminal investigation, coupled with the chance of being charged with a variety of drug-related offenses. If convicted you could face fines, the loss of professional licenses or even a prison sentence.

Former managers convicted of corruption

It is no secret that when you get to the top, you have to tread carefully. The more power you hold within your position of employment, the more carefully scrutinized you are likely to be. The slightest mistake can not only be devastating for your organization, but can also place you under suspicion. Depending on the extent of the damage done, you could even face criminal charges and be accused of fraud, corruption or similar offenses.

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