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3 common defenses against white-collar criminal charges

If you face an investigation or pending criminal charge for a white-collar crime, you may not know what actions you should take. The first thing you should know is that allegations of white-collar offenses are widespread. According to Oxford Research Encyclopedias, the FTC saw over three million consumer complaints about such activities in 2015. If you are the target of such an accusation, it can be a confusing, stressful and intimidating process.

Dealing with criminal proceedings is never easy, especially if you believe you are innocent. Here are some potential defenses you and your lawyer may be able to mount to combat the charges against you.

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Should he have sold a described "small amount of heroin" to undercover police officers?

Obviously not. That transgression yielded a year of home detention and various fines for an offense involving a $400 sale of an illegal drug.

How to avoid a DWI this Valentine's Day

You should be careful any time you go driving on a holiday weekend. Over New Year's Eve, Missouri police had to contend with 127 DWI cases, 352 crashes and 112 injuries that occurred as a result of drunk driving. 

Another winter holiday may result in more drunk driving cases: Valentine's Day. Many couples go out to drink during this holiday, but you want to be careful you do not end up with a DWI charge. Here are some tips for having a fun holiday with the person you love without risking a trip to jail.

What type of crimes are employers less likely to overlook?

If you have a criminal record, you may worry about your employability in Missouri. Recent findings, published in an article by the Society for Human Resource Management, however, indicate that worry you should not. With unemployment at a 17-year low at just 3.9 percent, and with a third of the workforce holding a criminal record of some sort, employers realize that they must broaden their horizons if they hope to hire top talent and remain competitive. For many, broadening the horizon means hiring convicts.

SHRM's president and chief executive officer, Johnny C. Tailor, says that employers should never view a criminal record as an automatic disqualifier. It appears that many employers have heeded his advice. According to findings, two-thirds of hiring managers and three-fourths of HR professionals have hired individuals who have substance related felonies or misdemeanors on their records. However, do employers discriminate in which felons they hire? The findings suggest that yes, they do.

What to do if you are facing criminal charges for the first time

Facing criminal charges is an intimidating and scary experience, especially if it is your first time. Whether you are facing charges for a property crime, drug crime, violent crime or DUI, the actions you take may significantly impact the outcome of your case. 

Because criminal proceedings can be confusing and challenging, it is crucial to learn what you should do to avoid mistakes and complications. Here is a quick guide to what steps you can take when you are dealing with pending criminal charges. 

The dark web and federal criminal defense

The internet is the preferred home for white collar and federal criminals. Law enforcement routinely uses IP addresses as a standard tool in their arsenal. The ease with which law enforcement can trace federal criminals through an IP Address may have ironically spawned the development of dark web technology.

IP addresses can be static (never changing) or dynamic (always shifting). The information route can flow through multiple static or dynamic servers; it becomes nearly impossible to determine whether a particular IP address corresponds to a specific criminal. For this reason, a judge often rules dark web evidence inadmissible in criminal trials.

3 mistakes to avoid when you get arrested for the first time

Getting put in handcuffs for the first time is a scary experience, especially if you believe you are not guilty of a crime. Whether you find yourself in jail because of DUI allegations, drug crime suspicions or accusations of violence, you may have no idea what to do next. 

While it is normal to experience stress and uncertainty when the police arrest you, it is vital to be mindful of every choice you make. Your actions following your arrest may directly impact whether you receive a conviction on your criminal record. Here are some mistakes to avoid that may hurt your defense.

Are field sobriety tests accurate? Do you have to take them?

Having the police pull you over after you have had alcohol can be unsettling. The police are likely to ask a lot of questions that you may feel like you have no choice to answer. The same goes for field sobriety tests.

It is illegal to drive while intoxicated in every state, which is why the consequences are so severe. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2016 the police arrested over one million individuals for drunk driving. When the police pull you over, they may ask you to perform field sobriety tests. Is it illegal to refuse to take them?

Work environments can contribute to likelihood of criminal acts

U.S. Justice Department statistics show that white collar criminal convictions are down more than 6 percent from one year ago and nearly 30 percent from five years ago. Never the less, fraud, embezzlement and other white collar crimes are in the headlines frequently.

What leads people to commit these crimes? Financial difficulties lead some to take desperate actions. However, there is frequently more behind these criminal acts than simple financial struggles, says Roomy Khan, a former financial analyst who pled guilty to securities fraud more than a decade ago. Khan cooperated with federal prosecutors in what is still the largest insider trading investigation in U.S. history.

A criminal record is becoming less of a career killer

With the U.S. economy continuing to chug along, and unemployment remaining under 4 percent, employers, it is said, are having difficulty keeping full-time positions filled.

This is good news for adults with a criminal record who want to work. A recent poll by the Charles Koch Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) found that while Americans with criminal records face additional scrutiny during the hiring process, many employees, managers and human resources professionals are open to working with and hiring people with criminal histories.

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