Los Angeles Criminal Defense Blog

Failure to Report Offshore Accounts

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on February 5, 2022

An offshore bank account is any account with a bank located outside of the United States. The most popular offshore banking centers in the global market are the Cayman Islands and Switzerland. Offshore accounts provide financial and legal benefits to banking clients.

If they have more than $10,000 in a foreign bank account, U.S. citizens and residents must report annually to the IRS all financial interests in any bank, securities, or other financial accounts in any foreign country. This is done by filing on or before April 15 of every year IRS form TD F 90-22.1. This form is a Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR).

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Posted in: Financial Crimes

Accused of a Hate Crime in Los Angeles?

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on January 3, 2022

A “hate crime” is not a crime in itself, but penalty enhancements for a bias-driven criminal offense. A hate crime is defined as:

“hate crime is a crime against a person, group, or property motivated by the victim’s real or perceived protected social group. You may be the victim of a hate crime if you have been targeted because of your actual or perceived: (1) disability, (2) gender, (3) nationality, (4) race or ethnicity, (5) religion, (6) sexual orientation, and (7) association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Hate crimes are serious crimes that may result in imprisonment or jail time.”

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How Does a Grand Jury Work?

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on December 13, 2021

A grand jury is a body of 19 average citizens called for jury duty. It serves an entirely different purpose than a trial jury. While a trial jury renders a verdict in a criminal trial, the purpose of a grand jury is to determine whether charges should be brought against a suspect. Grand juries work closely with prosecutors and have the power to view evidence and interrogate witnesses. They do not have to be unanimous to issue an indictment (formal charge or accusation of a serious crime). Usually in serious felony cases, prosecutors work with grand juries to determine whether to bring criminal charges against a potential defendant.

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What Is Obstruction of Justice?

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on December 6, 2021

Under federal law, obstruction of justice is defined as an act that “corruptly or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication, influences, obstructs, or impedes, or endeavors to influence, obstruct, or impede, the due administration of justice.” California statutes do not name any particular offense as “obstruction of Justice.” However, several different crimes fall into this general category.

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What Does the Secret Service Do?

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on October 27, 2021

The Secret Service is a federal investigative law enforcement agency founded in 1865. It was established as a branch of the U.S. Treasury Department to fight counterfeiting of U.S. currency. Counterfeiting was a serious problem at that time. It is estimated that, after the Civil War, approximately one-third of the currency in circulation was counterfeit. In 1901, after the assassination of President William McKinley, the Secret Service was given a second mission – to protect the President of the United States.

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Posted in: Criminal Law

How Is Jurisdiction Determined Between State, Local, and Federal Governments?

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on October 14, 2021

When you have been accused of a serious crime, jurisdiction is an important matter. The difference between state and federal charges can be significant. In the U.S., we have a federal government, and each state has its own legal system. Federal and state courts each hear specific types of cases (which is known as jurisdiction), and each legal system has specific laws and unique procedures.

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Posted in: Criminal Law

What Does It Mean to Be an Accessory to a Crime?

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on September 30, 2021

To be an accessory to a crime means you helped someone in the commission of a criminal act. You may be charged with this crime if you helped the criminal party before or after their criminal act.

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The Serious Nature of Ransomware

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on September 19, 2021

Ransomware is a particular type of malware (software designed to disrupt, damage, or gain unauthorized access to a computer system). It uses encryption to hold the victim’s information at ransom. With critical data encrypted, the user or organization cannot access its databases, files, or applications. Then a ransom is demanded to restore access, from which the term ransomware derived.

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Posted in: Cybercrime

When Is Lobbying Considered Bribery?

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on September 9, 2021

The legal line between lobbying and bribery can appear to be thin at times. There is no doubt that money plays a significant role in the political process in our country. Nevertheless, politicians must obtain their contributions in a legal manner. Otherwise, they could face accusations of accepting a bribe.

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Posted in: White-Collar Crime

Defenses Against Brandishing a Weapon Charge

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on September 2, 2021

Some defenses against a charge of brandishing a weapon include:

  • You did not brandish any weapon that was in your possession.
  • You were not in possession of a weapon and therefore could not have brandished one.
  • You brandished a weapon only in self-defense, or in a non-threatening manner.

Another defense may work for you. Our firm will consider your personal circumstances when creating your defense.

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Posted in: Criminal Defense