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Understanding the elements of vandalism

While a crime might appear minor or simple, if it results in harms or damages, it is still a situation that could result in a criminal offense. With regards to juvenile crimes, many view these as annoyances rather than hard crimes. However, when juveniles continually commit these crimes, these offenses could carry with them harsh penalties. This is not only used to deter these young individuals from committing these crimes but also to penalize those that continually do not follow the rules.

Vandalism is one of these juvenile crimes. And while many young individuals in Virginia and elsewhere may not view this crime as serious, it is a criminal charge that could land a juvenile in a lot of trouble. In order to understand the elements of the crime, it is important to note what actions are considered to fall within the definition of the crime.

Helping you assert a defense against a sex crime

While most criminal allegations have the tendency of harming the personal and professional reputation of the accused, being charged with a sex offense can have disastrous consequences that impact all areas of a defendant's life. Even before the accused is convicted or dismissed of all charges, being just accused of a sex crime can be very damaging. Because of this, it is important that defendants take the time to understand their situation and what could be done to protect their future.

Facing a sex crime can be paralyzing for some defendants. It is a difficult predicament to be in, and sometimes, it is difficult to mentally process the situation. But this should not discourage defendants from understanding that they have rights and the ability to assert a defense against the charges. At the Law Offices of Christie A. Leary, P.C., our legal team understands the sensitivity and urgency a sex charge can have. Thus, we are dedicated to helping those in the Fairfax area strategize a strong defense against the charge.

Understanding the elements of Internet solicitation

In society today, residents in Virginia and elsewhere rely on the Internet to accomplish their work and personal tasks. While the Internet is a reliable and extraordinary technological advance, it is also a platform that gives rise to crimes. While it might not seem apparent to others, some individuals might use the Internet as a mechanism to initiate or complete sex crimes. Those suspected of such a crime should understand the elements of the charge and what options they have regarding a defense action.

In order to understand what Internet solicitation is, it is important to understand the basics of solicitation. This is a crime that involves the request, encouragement or demand from someone to another to engage in criminal conduct that has the intent to facilitate or contribute to the commission of a crime. The most common type of criminal solicitation is solicitation of prostitution, which is the act of soliciting the engagement in prostitution from another person.

West Palm man posing as a doctor charged in Virginia

As a previous post highlighted, white-collar crimes can be serious charges, resulting in a defendant's personal and professional reputation being damaged even if the accused is not convicted. Financial crimes have a tendency of remaining in a person's background, thereby causing it to be difficult to overcome a past charge. Thus, it is important that those accused of a white-collar crime understand what they can do to limit the impact these allegations could have.

Based on recent reports, a Virginia court handed a 10-year prison sentence to a young South Florida man. He was charged for illegally posing as a doctor in West Palm Beach. However, the 20-year-old man was arrested after he attempted to purchase a Jaguar from a car dealership in Virginia. Supposedly, he used the personal information of a 73-year-old woman to make this purchase.

How are white-collar crimes defined?

While crimes are committed for a wide variety of reasons, many are motivated for financial gains. Individuals in Virginia and elsewhere might face accusations for a serious financial crime, causing them to be charged with a white-collar crime. But this type of crime is different from violent crimes, and it is important that defendants understand what they are being accused of and what potential penalties he or she could face.

What is considered to be a white-collar crime? The most common types include fraud, embezzlement, tax evasion and money laundering. Additionally, most types of scams and frauds fall within the category of white-collar crime, which includes scams such as Ponzi schemes and securities fraud, such as insider trading. Less elaborate financial crimes are also included in the category, and contain more common crimes such as insurance fraud, identity theft and tax evasion.

Helping you defend against a white collar crime allegation

Being accused of a crime can be a very emotional and mentally challenging situation. It can be difficult to process what is going on, and defendants often fear the unknown. In some matters, mere allegations can be enough to compromise the accused's personal and reputation. This is especially true if a person is facing a while collar crime that stemmed from his or her place of employment.

I most cases, white collar crimes are rather complex, involving financial transactions and documentation that is detailed and sophisticated. At the Law offices of Christie A Leary, P.C., we understand these complexities, and our attorneys have the experience and attention to detail needed to analyze evidence, collect witness statements and utilize expert witnesses in order to present a compelling case. We are dedicated to serving residents in the Fairfax area, and it is our goal to meet the needs and best interests of our clients.

Two Virginia Beach men arrested for selling drugs and guns

Being accused of a crime, no matter the severity, can substantially impact the accused person's life. Allegations alone have the tendency to negatively impact the personal and professional reputation of the accused. Therefore, it is imperative that accused offenders of drug crimes take the time to understand the charges against them and what actions they can take to reduce the consequences of the charges.

According to recent reports, two men were arrested in Virginia Beach for allegedly selling drugs and guns within the area. According to preliminary investigations, police claim that some of these meetings for apparent transactions took place in the parking lot of a grocery store.

What are the different types of drug crimes?

Virginia residents are likely aware that both state and federal laws cover crimes related to drugs. While state laws are narrower, so long as they do not conflict with current federal laws, federal drug laws have the tendency to result in more severe penalties. No matter the type of drug charge you are faced with, it is important to understand the elements of the crime, the details of your charge, the potential consequences and possible defenses.

What are the different types of drug crimes? The most simple or basic drug crime is possessing drug paraphernalia. This refers to any equipment that is used to prepare, inject, inhale or conceal illegal drugs. These commonly include items such as bongs, pipes, rolling papers and syringes. It should be noted that there are a wide variety of legal uses for these items, so being in mere possession of objects deemed drug paraphernalia alone does not automatically mean it is being used for illegal purposes.

Helping you initiate a defense against drug charges

Facing criminal charges is never easy for the accused offender. With regards to drug crimes, defendants may not fully under the severity of the charge. Depending on the drug type, the quantity the suspect is accused of possessing and what act he or she purportedly did, a defendant could be facing felony charges that carry with it harsh penalties. No matter the severity of the drug crime, however, the accused should take steps to fully understand their situation and available options.

Being charged with a drug crime is an overwhelming experience. Even the accusation of such a crime can have detrimental effects on a person's personal and professional reputation. The Law offices of Christie A. Leary, P.C., understand the sensitivity of these criminal allegations; therefore, our experienced legal team is prepared to help residents in northern Virginia initiate a timely and strong defense action.

When do mere accounting errors rise to the level of embezzlement?

Unfortunately, when taking care of another's financial accounts in Fairfax, despite one's best efforts, innocent mistakes can be made. After all, "to err is human." Unfortunately, sometimes a person in such situations is accused of embezzlement, a very serious white collar crime.

In general, embezzlement occurs when a person's assets are stolen by an individual to whom the assets have been entrusted. Oftentimes, this happens within the course of a person's employment. For example, a bank teller does legally possess funds in the course of their lawful job duties, or employees might be given a company laptop to use. Then, embezzlement occurs when a person tries to keep monetary assets hidden by manipulating the books. The person does lawfully possess the assets, but then use those assets for themselves.

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