Burglary

Burglary Cases

Burglary Cases

August 17, 2009 · Comments Off 

Burglary involves the act of unlawfully breaking into and entering of buildings and other structures with the intent to commit a crime therein, such as theft or vandalism.  Although burglary is often associated with theft, the crime that is the object of the burglary could include a range of offenses.  Even if the objective crime is not carried out, if the defendant has the requisite intent, it is sufficient. Depending on the state, burglary can be prosecuted as a felony or a misdemeanor.  Residential burglary cases are generally punished more severely than burglary of other structures.  Burglary... [Read the full story]

Trafficking

Drug Trafficking is a Global Business

Drug Trafficking is a Global Business

October 25, 2009 · Leave a Comment 

The crime of drugs trafficking is considered the most serious of all drug offenses.  The punishment for drug trafficking depends on the type and quantity of the controlled substance being trafficked and the circumstances under which the drug is transported.  The penalties for drugs trafficking are enhanced if the drugs are sold to or distributed by minors or the drugs are handled in a school zone or other protected area.  It is difficult to determine in advance the exact penalty a particular drug trafficking offense will carry, but it is extremely rare for an offender to get off lightly. The... [Read the full story]

Solicitation

Solicitation: More Than Just Prostitution

Solicitation: More Than Just Prostitution

August 20, 2009 · Comments Off 

Criminal solicitation commonly involves crimes such as prostitution although it is used in regard to other criminal activity such as drug dealing, bribery and even murder. The crime of solicitation is completed if one person intentionally entices, advises, incites or encourages another to commit a crime, in this case for payment for sexual services. The crime of solicitation for sex does not actually have to be committed for solicitation to occur. The statues make no distinction between gender and sexual orientation. Age on the other hand can be an extremely important element if a minor is involved. //... [Read the full story]

Homicide

The Crime of Homicide

The Crime of Homicide

August 14, 2009 · Comments Off 

Homicide is the killing of one human being by another human being.  And although the term homicide is sometimes used synonymously with murder, the term homicide is broader in scope than murder, with murder being a form of criminal homicide, and other forms of homicide not necessarily constituting a criminal act (i.e., killings resulting from criminal negligence or reckless disregard for human life are manslaughter charges).  Justifiable homicide includes killing by soldiers in time of war, and use of deadly force by police in the apprehension of a suspect. Murder is perhaps the single most serious... [Read the full story]

Fraud

Is the ‘crime of false pretenses’ the same as fraud?

Is the ‘crime of false pretenses’ the same as fraud?

November 8, 2009 · Leave a Comment 

The crime of false pretenses can be more succinctly described as fraud, but it is not a term that can be easily explained since what constitutes a crime of false pretenses varies from state to state. There are some common circumstances across all states though: the criminal secures ownership of the victim’s property by telling a falsehood. An important distinction is that it is not possession of the property that is secured, but ownership. For example, a criminal could induce an old lady to transfer title of her property to him without ever entering, or living in the property. If on the other... [Read the full story]

Child Pornography

Defending Child Pornography Charges

Defending Child Pornography Charges

November 5, 2009 · Leave a Comment 

This article is intended to provide information about child pornography, the criminal charges that can be brought, and details of the different punishments and potential defenses. It has also been designed to give an overview for readers who are interested in the subject. It is not intended as a substitute for qualified legal counsel. It is not legal advice. // Child pornography is defined as any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving children under the age of 18. Both federal and state laws make it illegal to possess, distribute, manufacture, or sell materials that exploit... [Read the full story]

White Collar Crimes

Congress Takes on the Cyberterrorist

Congress Takes on the Cyberterrorist

The Patriot Act, passed by congress in 2001 is part of statutory law, and this article looks at the implications of the act on cyberterrorism, and considers the crimes of the cyberterrorist amongst other types of computer crimes. Pushed through in the wake of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon...

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Is the ‘crime of false pretenses’ the same as fraud?

Is the ‘crime of false pretenses’ the same as fraud?

The crime of false pretenses can be more succinctly described as fraud, but it is not a term that can be easily explained since what constitutes a crime of false pretenses varies from state to state. There are some common circumstances across all states though: the criminal secures ownership of the victim’s property...

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The Shady Crime of Embezzlement

The Shady Crime of Embezzlement

The felony embezzlement is a crime against property. Whilst larceny is the crime of stealing possession of property, embezzlement is the crime of stealing ownership of property. The criminal takes lawful possession of the property, thus he cannot be charged with illegal possession, but he can be charged with unlawfully...

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