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Most common types of federal crimes

Finding yourself facing federal charges is a serious matter. It is never a good feeling to have the law against you and be facing possible time away from loved ones, high amounts of legal fees/fines and more. Any type of legal trouble can hurt your reputation in society and alter your course in life. However, there are some charges in our country that are linked to more serious consequences than others.

When you are charged with a federal crime, you can expect the punishments to be severe when found guilty. Without strong legal defense at the federal level, you are at high-risk for losing your freedom and rights.

Maryland massage therapist facing assault charges

Assault charges can have serious consequences that could have a long-term effect on the accused and their family. According to Maryland Criminal Code, Section 3-202, an assault conviction can result in up to 25 years in prison for a first-degree assault and up to 10 years in prison, plus $2,500 in fines for a second degree misdemeanor assault. If the assault was sexual in nature, the alleged perpetrator may be charged with a sexual offense. For instance, one may be charged with a fourth degree sexual offense Maryland.

For example, a Maryland massage therapist was recently arrested and charged with two misdemeanors, including a second-degree assault and fourth-degree sex offense following an incident involving a female client. According to the client, she went to the spa for a massage and was touched inappropriately by the male masseuse during the massage.

Consequences to drunk driving in Maryland

If arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the consequences of a conviction on a DUI or DWI has serious consequences. While the penalties vary based on the circumstances, a drunk driving conviction will almost always have a significant effect on one's life for years to come.

Generally, a first time DUI offender in Maryland faces up to a year in jail and up to $1,000 in fines, along with a license revocation of up to six months. There will also be 12 points placed on the convicted person's driving record. Second time offenders, will receive up to $2,000 in fines and a minimum of five days in jail (and a maximum of two years), in addition to license revocation of a year and 12 points on the driver's driving record.

When must a driver in Maryland use an ignition interlock device?

It's November, and soon people will be eating their Thanksgiving turkey, celebrating the holidays, and ringing in the New Year. At any of these festivities, it is likely that alcohol will be served. Most people in Maryland will drink responsibly, but a motorist could still be pulled over by police and accused of drunk driving. If a person is convicted on drunk driving charges, the penalties can be significant.

Sometimes a person convicted of drunk driving in Maryland will have to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle for a certain time period. An ignition interlock device is a machine that connects a breath analyzer (similar to roadside Breathalyzers) to the car's ignition system. The driver then has to blow into the device before driving. If their blood alcohol concentration is above a nominal level -- 0.025 percent -- their car will not start.

Can multilevel marketing be considered a white-collar crime?

Multilevel marketing businesses are a hot topic right now. Many people in Rockville, Maryland, enjoy selling health supplements, makeup, leggings, and oils. Not only does this earn them money, but if they sign up additional consultants, they could see their paychecks grow. However, it is very important to understand the difference between a lawful multilevel marketing enterprise and its unlawful cousin: a pyramid scheme.

Pyramid schemes are a white-collar crime that is based on a fraudulent hierarchy. New investors are at the bottom of the pyramid. They fund the enterprise in the form of paying money to earlier investors on the promise that they'll see high returns. Generally, no products are actually sold in a pyramid scheme. Instead, the money simply comes from an influx of investors. These funds may leave those at the top of the pyramid in a good financial position, but the same cannot be said of those at the bottom of the pyramid, who do not see a return on their investment. As time goes on, the pyramid's debts grow larger than its assets, necessitating more investors. Eventually, a pyramid scheme will topple, leaving investors at the bottom of the pyramid with nothing to show for their investment.

What is the difference between DUI and DWI in Maryland?

Under Maryland law there are two different drunk driving offenses. One is driving while impaired and the other is driving under the influence. There are significant differences between the two offenses. Therefore, it is important to understand the elements of each of these crimes so that you can be prepared if you one day find yourself facing such charges.

DUI is the offense most people imagine when they think of drunk driving. A person can be charged with drunk driving if they are operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher. This constitutes drunk driving "per se," which means the BAC reading alone is enough to prove the motorist was impaired.

The penalties for violating a protective order or a peace order

Domestic violence constitutes a serious crime in Maryland if individuals face conviction. Due to the aggressive nature of the crime, many victims choose to enact protective orders or peace orders to stop the alleged domestic abuser from assaulting or contacting him or her. If a loved one claims that you committed domestic violent acts against him or her, they have the authority to file an order against you for protection.

Unfortunately, should you violate these orders, even if you believe or know that their allegations will prove false in court, you can face significant penalties by ignoring the order. Especially in domestic violence cases where an individual may experience physical abuse, the court first recognizes the order request and will attempt to resolve the situation at a later time.

When can a person face felony assault charges in Maryland?

While being convicted of a misdemeanor has very big effects, felony convictions are even more severe. Having a felony on one’s record can have deep career impacts for a person. It also can affect his or her everyday life in some major ways. So, it can be a very serious situation when accusations lead to a person facing felony charges. Skilled defense lawyers can advise individuals facing such charges on what steps they can take towards safeguarding their future.

Sometimes. assault allegations lead to felony charges. Now, here in Maryland, the base level of assault is misdemeanor second-degree assault. However, certain things can bump assault up to a felony.

Theranos founder and former president face federal fraud charges

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes and the former president Ramesh Balwani were indicted on charges of federal wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. According to The New York Times, the two defendants are accused of lying to doctors, investors and patients about how well the company's blood-testing device worked. The device was portrayed as groundbreaking for the blood testing industry.

Putting Up Your Defenses Against Insurance Fraud

Criminal-Defense-Attorney-DMV-1000-ffccccccWhite-3333-0.20.3-1.pngMany people who consult a criminal defense attorney regarding a white collar crime such as insurance fraud were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Their white collar defense in the Maryland and D.C. areas may determine that the insurance agent actually perpetrated insurance fraud, rather than the insured individual. Regardless, acts of insurance fraud are not victimless crimes, since they drive up insurance premiums for all insured individuals. You can help stop insurance fraud by reporting suspicious activity promptly to your insurance company or to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

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