Charles Ponzi. Bernie Madoff. When we think of the term "Ponzi scheme" those are the two names that pop into our heads. We also know the term implies a financial con of some sort, but it isn't always so clear cut. You would be surprised at what passes as a charge involving a Ponzi scheme.
What exactly makes up Federal Charges? They can be anything from fraud, to crimes involving the internet or something more violent. The most common are drug charges.
This gives new meaning to the word "barter".
Don't assume that you can get away with impersonating law enforcement, because you will make an ass out of you and...well, just you.
Yesterday's events in a Utah courtroom may sound like they came straight from an episode of Law & Order or Justified, but what happened in Utah proves that anything can occur in a courtroom.
Federal crimes can be a rather large umbrella.
In Florida the crime of Traveling to Meet a Minor for sexual purposes if a felony that is punishable by up to 15 years in prison. In addition to any jail or prison you will also have to register as a sexual offender if you are convicted of this charge. This charge will put someone in a mandatory prison range even if this is your first criminal offense ever.
Most are likely aware that consequences for violent crimes can be serious. Not all may be aware that convictions for nonviolent crimes such as those considered as white collar, can also result in a serious outcome. This is largely due to the fact that such crimes are considered to be federal crimes. Historically consequences for federal crimes are quite harsh regardless of the nature of the alleged crime.
In its recent decision in Davis v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court held by a 7-2 vote that the exclusionary rule does not bar evidence from a search that was legal when the police conducted it but became illegal under a new rule announced by the Court while the case was waiting for a direct appeal, if police acted in good faith by relying on the law as it stood when they conducted the search. The Court's ruling has important implications for cases currently on appeal and how police will search vehicles in the future.