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Are you under investigation for wire fraud?

Being accused of any type of crime can seem shocking to some people. You may have never anticipated coming under investigation for a serious crime, but one day, you learned that such action was taking place. Understandably, you began to feel a little worried, even if you did not believe you had done anything wrong.

Even if authorities have not formally charged you with a crime, you may still wonder what will happen since you are under investigation for wire fraud. At this point, it may be in your best interests to gain information on the type of crime of which authorities have accused you and what it could mean for your future if you do face a formal charge.

Potential consequences for a second DUI in Pennsylvania

The holidays are approaching and people in Pennsylvania are now starting to attend various holiday parties. They also will have family gatherings and other events. This can be a very festive time of year and many times these parties and gatherings serve alcohol. However, it is important to enjoy in moderation or find sober rides home because if people are caught driving drunk they could face the harsh consequences of a DUI.

This is especially true if people have a previous DUI conviction. The penalties for a second DUI increase. The penalties depend on blood alcohol content. If an arrestee has a BAC between .08 and .99, that person could spend between five days to six months in jail. They will also have a 12-month license suspension and have interlock devices in their vehicles for a year. In addition to that, they will need to pay a fine between $300 and $2,500.

What are the elements of an embezzlement charge?

When people in Pennsylvania work for a company, they earn money through their hourly wage or salary as negotiated with the company. To receive this money, they are expected to perform their job at a satisfactory level. Through the course of their employment, some people may be entrusted with ensuring that the property and money of the company end up going to the appropriate places.

However, sometimes people entrusted with the property and assets may take the property for their own personal use. In these situations, people could be charged with embezzlement. Embezzlement has several elements that must be proven. One element is that the person had a fiduciary relationship with the company or other institution and received possession of property through their employment. The second element is that the person used the property for their own personal use with the intent to deprive the company or institution of the property.

Elements required for first degree murder charge

There are different murder charges in Pennsylvania. What a person may be charged with depends on how the victim was killed. The charges are also based on a determination of the intent of the defendant.

The penalties for burglary can be severe

Some of the most common types of property crime charges in Pennsylvania are theft/larceny, robbery and burglary. All involve one person taking property that belongs to another without the owner's permission, but they vary in key details. For instance, robbery necessarily requires the use or threat of force.

In order to commit a burglary, people must enter a building or structure with the intent of committing a crime. Neither breaking a window or door, nor actual theft of property is necessary to sustain a burglary charge. The crime is in the unauthorized entry with the intent of committing a crime. For example, a man who enters a garage through an unlocked door with the intent of stealing a car has technically committed burglary even if he leaves without the car.

Two men arrested for allegedly selling drugs to undercover cops

Two men were recently arrested by undercover officers from the Lycoming County Narcotics Enforcement Unit and charged with numerous drug violations. The two incidents are apparently not related, but both involve similar sets of facts.

In the first incident, an undercover officer was sitting in his car outside at a convenience store at Turkey Hill. The suspect approached the car and knocked on the front passenger window. The officer allowed the suspect to enter his car, where he gave the man $100 in exchange for .77 grams of crack cocaine. The suspect was then arrested.

Second-degree murder charges can have steep repercussions

A single event can change multiple people's lives in an instant. You may have anticipated a particular situation to go a certain way, but in the end, it turned out substantially different from anything you could have predicted. Unfortunately for you, this life-changing event left you facing serious criminal charges.

You may never have believed that you could have ended up in a situation that resulted in you facing charges for murder. Now, you wonder what will happen to the rest of your life due to the death of another.

Help for people facing drunk driving charges

Drunk driving charges are serious criminal charges and grow more serious as accused individuals face repeated DUI charges. Because of the potentially harsh penalties accused individuals are facing, it is important to know how to handle DUI charges when facing them and how criminal defense protections can help.

Accused individuals facing a first DUI charge may face penalties and consequences including a diversion program, fines and probation. Just as the potential penalties and consequences the accused individual is facing depends on their unique situation and circumstances, so does the best criminal defense approach for their unique situation and circumstances.

Four examples of white collar crime

Whether you realize it or not, you probably know of some white collar criminals. Many of them are celebrities or high-profile political figures. Think Martha Stewart, Lori Laughlin, Charles Ponzi (the namesake of the well-known "Ponzi scheme") and Bernie Madoff, just to name a few. As evidenced by these cases, white collar crime is almost always financially motivated, and manifests by way of deceit, bribery, and manipulation. In this post, we identify four of the most prominent examples of this type of criminal activity.

We will begin with the act of fraud. Fraud occurs when a person misrepresents facts for any type of gain. It includes making known false statements with the intent to deceive. It becomes a crime when the victim believed and relied on that information, which ultimately caused he or she to suffer an actual loss of some sort. Usually the loss in financial in nature. A second type of white collar crime is known as insider trading. This occurs when a party buys or sells stock or securities using information obtained from someone "on the inside." For example, if an executive offers information to a lower level employee that has not yet been made public, and that information influences the employee to buy or sell, then insider trading has occurred.

Route 188 crash caused by multiple DUI offender

On June 11th, 2019 at approximately 3:40 p.m., a car crash took place on Route 188 in Unityville. Both drivers were transported to a local hospital with injuries. The at-fault party turned himself into police on Thursday, August 22nd for sentencing. He is a 62-year-old male who already has three previous DUI convictions. In addition to alcohol, he was also found to have marijuana in his system.

According to a trooper affidavit, the events leading up to the crash were numerous. The affidavit states that a driver in a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro first pulled out of an establishment directly in front of an oncoming vehicle. That same driver then proceeded to swerve in and out of lanes, nearly caused a head-on collision with a motorcycle, nearly hit a utility pole. Still not ready to give in, the vehicle then pulled away from the guardrail, crashed into it again damaging a front tire, lost control, and crashed into an oncoming vehicle.

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