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What is white collar crime?

The phrase "white collar crime" can be a bit difficult to understand, especially because it is not technically an official criminal defense such as homicide or assault and battery. Much like the two aforementioned charges fall under the umbrella of "violent crimes," the umbrella of white collar crimes includes charges such as fraud, embezzlement and others. Generally speaking, white collar crimes are crimes that are deceitfully carried out for financial gain.

Drug possession is a criminal charge

There are not many crimes for which you can be convicted simply for possessing something. Most criminal cases involve the use or intent to use an object. For example, you can be accused and convicted of assault and battery with a deadly weapon, but you are not going to be accused of a crime for carrying around a pocket knife. However, it is important to note that this is not the case with drugs and controlled substances.

Woman accused of DUI after fatal accident

If you are accused of a DUI or DWI offense, it is imperative that you take action in your defense as quickly as possible. If you do not act quickly, you could have your driving privileges revoked in just over two weeks' time. Of course, if you are convicted of a drunk driving charge, suspension of your driving privileges could be the least of your worries. The simple addition of drunk driving charges can turn any crime into a serious legal issue that could affect your whole life.

When consensual sex can still be considered rape

In most cases of sexual assault and rape, the concept of the crime is pretty straightforward. If at any point one of the parties refuses or expresses a desire not to engage in any sexual acts, then the sexual act becomes rape. As long as sex is consensual and both parties are willing to have sexual relations with one another, then it is not rape. You would not think that there would be shades of gray to the spectrum of rape, but there is.

Legal defense for white collar criminal charges

While they may not feature as prominently in movies and televisions shows and even the media, white collar crimes can still be serious crimes with steep legal consequences. Reports of murder and drug charges continue to filter through news outlets and into the living rooms of the average American, yet hundreds of people who face fraud charges, may not realize that a conviction will bring with it hefty fines and legal penalties. If you are accused of fraud, you cannot afford to waste any time taking legal action in your defense.

Judges sets date for Suge Knight trial

Louisiana music fans may be interested to know that on April 30, a judge in Los Angeles set the date for the trial of Marion 'Suge" Knight, the founder of Death Row Records. The rap industry mogul has been accused of hitting two men in the parking lot of a Compton burger stand. One of the men suffered severe injuries, and the other died.

2 teens charged for murder of father and son

On April 26, law enforcement officials in Louisiana announced that two teens were being charged for the murder of a father and his son. A 17-year-old boy is accused of shooting the alleged victims at their home, and an 18-year-old woman is accused of driving the getaway car after the incident.

Deputy shot after alleged argument

A deputy suffered several gunshot wounds in what officials are calling an "ambush" after an argument with a driver in Paradis, Louisiana. The deputy was directing traffic in a school zone when a 58-year-old Mississippi man allegedly began to argue with him over the deputy's refusal to stop other vehicles to allow the driver to make a turn.

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