Los Angeles Criminal Defense Blog
Extortion and blackmail are similar crimes. In the state of California, they are both covered under one law (the California Extortion and Blackmail Law) and have the same penalties, but these two crimes are different.
Copyright infringement is a violation of the rights of the creator to his creative work, and as such, any owner of copyrighted work can take someone to court if he feels another party has stolen his work.
As a college student, being accused of a Title IX offense can be harmful to your reputation. People accused of gender discrimination, harassment, or sexual assaults do not fare well in public opinion. The Title IX complaint resolution is a complicated process, and school administrators may be biased against you. It is in your best interests to have an experienced lawyer by your side if you are facing Title IX allegations.
You don’t have to be the CEO of Enron, Michael Milken (the Junk Bond King), or Martha Stewart to be charged with insider trading. In fact, some people discover after the fact that they have engaged in this illegal activity without even knowing it. If you are investing, it is important to know what constitutes insider trading and how to avoid it, and in the worst-case scenario, how to defend against the charges.
Living in the Los Angeles area means we all deal with temperatures in the 90s and above during the summer and fall. CBS reports that a study conducted by researchers at the University of California has found a link between increased crime rates and high temperatures. It was discovered that on days 85 degrees Fahrenheit and higher, violent crime increased 5.75%. The problem is made worse by the fact that the police are also less active during heatwaves.
If you are facing charges in a criminal case, you may feel inclined to post your thoughts online or have conversations with your friends or make comments about it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or other social media platforms. Law enforcement and investigators use information gathered from social media to help build the case against you. A “joke” you post to amuse your friends could have a significant impact on your case. The rule is: Never speak about your case on social media – ever.
When people hear the word “fraud,” their first thought may be of a businessman in a cheap suit showing up at the door to sell fake knives. While this would be one accurate depiction of a fraud crime, the reality is that fraud encompasses a wide range of different activities in many different areas. Not only can fraud occur in finances, healthcare, taxes, and virtually every other industry, but there are many ways the State can charge people with fraud.
Since 2011, something strange has been going on in jails throughout California. For years, the California government has been struggling with the problem of incarceration overcrowding, and in 2003, under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the issue finally started to take priority. After several attempts to solve the crisis, including a $7.75 billion prison expansion, transferring prisoners out of state, and other measures, the governor was still finding it difficult to reach a middle ground between reducing prison populations and taking a hard line against violent offenders.
We all know that a DUI conviction can result in fines, jail time, and the loss of your driver’s license; as well as damage to your reputation and your ability to obtain certain licenses and jobs. But, depending on the circumstances of the arrest, a DUI can lead to other serious charges. Let’s look at some of those situations.
Honest services fraud is defined in United States Code Title 18 Section 1346 – also known as the federal mail and wire fraud statute – as “a scheme or artifice to deprive another of the intangible right of honest services.” It is a federal crime, and it is broadly applied across the United States.