Why Is My Crime a Federal Offense?

Here in the U.S., most of us live under multiple governmental jurisdictions (local, state and federal), and most crimes are prosecuted in either state or federal court. This can be confusing for the defendant charged with a federal crime. What, exactly, makes your crime a federal offense, rather than a local or state offense? The… Read More

What Are My Plea Options?

“How do you plead?” It’s not just a phrase we hear on popular court television programs. The defendant’s plea to the charges is a pivotal moment in any criminal court case, and can have a profound effect on the outcome. From the moment you are charged, you should be asking an experienced attorney, “What are… Read More

What Is Mortgage Fraud?

In the eyes of the law, mortgage fraud refers broadly to the act of providing false or misleading information on mortgage documents for the purpose of closing real estate transactions that would not go through otherwise. Mortgage loans are complex transactions requiring many qualifications and involving many documents, and often lenders or borrowers attempt to… Read More

Types of Mortgage Fraud

Mortgage fraud is broadly defined as the manipulation of the mortgage loan process for unlawful gain (of real estate or money). This is usually done through providing false or inaccurate information during the complicated lending process. Mortgage fraud can be committed by the borrower or by any of the housing professionals involved in the process… Read More

What Is Criminal Liability?

We hear the term “criminal liability” a lot in the context of criminal law, but what does it actually mean? In simplest terms, when you are “criminally liable,” it means you may be held legally responsible for breaking the law. This can be potential or actual responsibility—meaning that you actually committed the crime, or that… Read More

What Is Organized Crime?

When we hear the term “organized crime,” most of us immediately think of films like The Godfather and Goodfellas, speakeasies in Chicago, names like Al Capone, Lucky Luciano and John Gotti, and anything else in our minds relating to the Italian mob in 20th-Century America. However, when it comes to the law, organized crime extends… Read More

What Is an Internet Crime?

With the digital age comes a whole new realm of possibilities—including many new ways to break the law. Internet crime is a fairly new and rapidly growing type of crime that keeps Internet security technicians very busy in constantly creating new safeguards to prevent it—not to mention legislators passing new laws, and policing agencies attempting… Read More