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RICO: What is it and why is it important?

The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act was initially intended to combat the Mafia, but it has extended its reach in recent years to combat a wider range of illegal activities. The RICO Act states that the leaders of an organization can face the same penalties as lower-level members as long as the leaders are the ones who issued the commands for the crime to take place. A number of different crimes can fall under the act's jurisdiction, including drug dealing, counterfeiting, arson, murder, illegal gambling and much more.

What you should know about criminal drug charge defense

When facing criminal drug charges in Greenville, try not to get too upset. You cannot afford for your anger and emotions to cloud your judgment about the steps you must take to defend yourself. You need a clear head to understand the grave reality of your situation and how it can affect you for the rest of your days. 

Ponzi schemes can result in jail time

Being involved in a Ponzi scheme in South Carolina can cause more trouble than losing all of one’s gambling money; it can also result in criminal charges. One may start participating as an investor or contributor of funds with the hope of profit. However, that role may broaden to include recruitment of other participants, and often the recruiting efforts include persuasion with false promises and inaccurate information.

Differences between assault, battery and aggravated assault

Assault and battery are serious crimes. There are various subdivisions for each type of crime. For instance, assault can constitute either a misdemeanor or felony. According to North Carolina law, even a misdemeanor assault can carry a one-year prison sentence.

4 elements of embezzlement

Embezzlement is an example of fraud, a white-collar crime which consists of a theft by a person who is responsible for the assets of another person or entity. The crime is more common in banking or retail industries, but employees in any type of business can misappropriate money.

Have you been accused of check fraud?

Computer technology has made check fraud schemes increasingly easy to pull off for criminals. For example, with desktop publishing, it is possible to copy and manipulate documents of all kinds to the perpetrator’s advantage. On the other hand, someone could simply steal into your home or car and make off with some blank checks.

Push for mandatory minimum drug sentencing is back

To combat the so-called "war on drugs," Congress passed severe sentencing laws in the 1980s and 1990s. Regardless of a person's circumstances or the scenario, an individual found with certain traces of marijuana, cocaine or any other type of illegally controlled substance would be handed down a mandatory minimum sentence--such as life without the possibility of parole--if convicted.

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