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April 2017 Archives

Department of Justice cracks down on drug offenders

Law enforcement across the country is cracking down hard on many areas of crime, leaning hard on many individuals who are charged with a variety of crimes. A recent action by the Department of Justice (DOJ) left 55 individuals from California facing a litany of charges, including drug and gun-related crimes, as well as thefts and assaults. The move focused on suspected gang members and aimed to take out many players in a group the DOJ suspects of trafficking large quantities of hard and soft drugs.

Why would I request drug evidence be tested in a laboratory?

If you are facing drug charges, you may feel as though you have no options. Of course, this is probably not true, and you should certainly consult with an experienced attorney to determine the best way to fight the charges — and you should fight the charges. Even in cases where you feel as though the matter is open and shut, simply sitting back and letting the prosecution have a field day with your case is never wise.

Mexican attorney general arrested on drug charges

Drug charges are a serious business and can wreck a career at any level. Just recently, Southern California law enforcement made a splash in international news when they arrested the attorney general of a state in Mexico as he entered the country near San Diego. The charges claim that the attorney general was attempting to smuggle various drugs across the border, including methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin, over a period of several years.

What constitutes criminal trespassing in California

Under California Penal Code Section 602.8, anyone found to have knowingly committed a willful trespass is deemed to be guilty of a misdemeanor. That being said, the crime of criminal trespass can happen under a variety of circumstances.

Examples of crimes that may result in forgery charges

The act of attempting to deceive another by passing off a document, in which one has copied the signature of another to do so, is representative of the crime of forgery. Among the most common types of forged documents are contracts, vital records and other legal certificates, checks, and identification cards.

Over 2 dozen are charged with an insurance fraud scheme in the OC

A statement released by the District Attorney's Office in Orange County, California, on Thursday, April 20, 2017, announced the arrest of a husband and wife and at least two dozen affiliated pharmacists and doctors. They were all taken into custody on suspicion of having conspired to have unnecessary diagnostic tests and treatments rendered only to bill their patients workers' compensation insurance for them.

Understanding what health care fraud is

When it comes to heath care fraud, it is thought to involve individuals who knowingly engage in deceptive practices with the goal of receiving unauthorized benefits. Health care providers found to have engaged in abuse or fraud can face administrative sanctions, civil, and even criminal penalties, under various state and federal laws.

The difference between murder and voluntary manslaughter

If you've been charged with murder in California, then you might have wondered what led prosecutors to charge you with murder as opposed to manslaughter. While both crimes involve the killing of another person, murder involves proving some degree of premeditation or some other type of malice aforethought whereas convicting someone of manslaughter does not.

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 inviolation of securities regulations, not only does your personal brand suffer, but you could find yourself on the receiving end of criminal charges.

Understanding what embezzlement is and how to prove it

When you read a story of embezzlement in the newspaper or hear about it on the news, most likely what you hear about is tied in to some type of misappropriation of funds by either a government employee or some corporate bigwig. In either case, the allegations involve a person who has been entrusted to protect those assets.

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.

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.

Mass arrests in North County meth and heroin bust

When law enforcement officials target individuals who are suspected of being involved in the drug trade in California, they conduct very thorough investigations. They are quite content to take all the time they need to gather evidence using every surveillance technique they have available. As such, when they decide to close in on an operation, they are often successful at making multiple arrests.

Appellate judges rule search of man's home violated his rights

Recently, a panel of three judges in appellate upheld a previous court decision that found that Los Angeles Police Department detectives violated a man's rights and that in doing so, they did not receive valid consent to enter his home.

An Orange County masseuse is arrested, accused of sexual assault

The Orange County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's help in identifying potential victims of sexual abuse that may have been preyed upon by a recently-arrested Orange County massage therapist. This request began circulating just one day after the 32-year-old Laguna Hills man's arrest on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, on suspicion of sexually assaulting one of his clients.

Reasonable inquiry and purchasing private property

They say one man's trash is another man's treasure and the preponderance of swap meets and garage sales certainly proves this is true. Many people love spending their time looking for bargains or rare finds and collectibles. And there can be a tidy profit to be made by running a business that involves reselling items that people will part with for a few dollars.

Addiction can take life's choices out of your hands

Why would someone repeatedly do things that only yielded negative consequences? What could compel a person to do things that destroy relationships, costs vast sums of money and even leads to arrests and jail time? Well, if you are in the throes of drug addiction, you have likely asked yourself similar questions.

New study connects opioid addiction to ER prescriptions

One of the most vexing, yet important, questions of our time is how can the opioid epidemic that is causing so much harm in our country be stopped? While there does not appear to be any quick fixes, there are researchers who are trying to discover the problem's specific root causes.

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.

Purchasing drugs online can lead to legal issues

The internet provides us with the opportunity to make purchases on almost any kind of item with a few keystrokes and mouse clicks. But just because you are able to make such transactions quickly and privately does not mean that laws pertaining to the buying and selling of items are any different than if you made the same sort of exchange at a brick and mortar store.

Woman pleads guilty for part in California real estate scheme

If you run a business in California that involves taking money from investors with a promise of monetary returns, the law requires that you act in good faith to fulfill your promise. Because it is always possible for an investment to fail to yield expected profits you should not face any legal consequences if the money was properly allocated. However, if there are suspicions of impropriety, you may end up facing fraud charges.

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