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Protect your rights and fight drug charges in Georgia

Federal drug charges threaten your freedoms because they often come with heftier penalties than state charges would. Most federal charges come with a minimum penalty of a year in prison, even if it's a relatively minor crime.

No one wants to be put behind bars, so if you're facing federal drug charges, it's essential that you work with your attorney to fight those charges. Your attorney will help you in several ways.

What is aircraft hijacking?

Of all federal crimes, one of the most significant (and rare) is an aircraft hijacking. Aircraft hijacking refers to the unlawful seizure of an aircraft by a single person or group.

When you think of aircraft hijacking, you may think that the people taking it are forcing the pilot to operate the plane. That's not always the case. Whether the pilot is on board, the case can still be a hijacking.

Insurance commissioner faces indictment for fraud in Georgia

In news from mid-May, it was reported that the U.S. attorney's office is negotiating with Georgia's insurance commissioner to turn himself in for insurance fraud. The office has a 38-count indictment detailing a series of fraudulent acts by the man who was working for the Georgia Underwriting Association. These events happened before he was elected as the insurance commissioner.

The Georgia Underwriting Association was designed to provide Georgia's homeowners with insurance for high-risk properties. It's now believed that the man had participated in a fraud scheme for five years, obtaining around $2 million while general manager of the GUA. It's believed that he paid himself, his personal debts and for his campaign with the power he obtained as the general manager.

Can you be prosecuted for piracy?

White collar crimes include many different actions such as antitrust violations, credit card fraud, economic espionage and counterfeiting. There are dozens of crimes that fall under the white collar crime category, all of which can result in federal charges against you.

One of the white collar crimes you may be accused of is piracy. Better known as intellectual property theft, piracy refers to willful copyright, trademark and patent infringement. This crime is relatively easy to commit since it is as simple as downloading a movie on a torrent website. Taking any copyrighted work without permission can lead to a charge.

Defend yourself if you face gun crime charges in Georgia

Gun control is a serious topic to discuss, and it's one that is often misunderstood. Georgia does have several important gun control laws that it governs. Violating these gun control laws can result in a felony charge in some instances, which could force you into prison upon conviction.

Every state has different laws for how people can obtain guns, when they can use them and the types of guns they can own. Georgia has a list of illegal arms that it does not allow within the state. These include:

  • Machine guns
  • Rocket launchers
  • Recoilless rifles
  • Mortars
  • Hand grenades
  • Silencers
  • Bazookas
  • Sawed-off shotguns or rifles

Federal authorities prosecute and convict high-tech smugglers

The federal justice department, DEA, and many federal agencies continue to aggressively pursue and prosecute the possession, smuggling and distribution and sale of illegal drugs. The penalties for Schedule I and II drug smuggling are substantial. According to the federal guidelines, an individual’s first offense for heroin (one kilogram or more) and cocaine or cocoa derivatives (5 kilograms or more) can result in a fine up to $10 million and 10 years to life in prison.

Trafficking drugs through the mail

Don't delay your defense if you face drug charges

Drug trafficking is among the worst things you can be accused of if you're caught with drugs. Trafficking drugs assumes that you're taking them throughout the state or between state lines, opening you up to many penalties.

Trafficking charges also assume that you have manufactured, distributed, sold, possessed or transported large quantities of drugs, which is serious enough to result in federal penalties.

Those caught up in white collar crimes can be the victims

Many people say that white collar crimes are victimless, but most people who have participated in these crimes or been implicated know that isn't true. Whether you're the victim who had your money stolen or the person who faced becoming the "fall guy," anyone who is on the wrong side of the crime pays a price.

There are many people who suffer as victims of white collar crimes. Even those who allegedly participated face hardships in the future, even if they're victims themselves. The scale of a white collar crime, like fraud, might be so large that no specific person is the face for the victims, but there is always at least one person suffering as a result of the actions of a few.

College admissions fraud can get you in deep trouble

A hot topic in the news as of late has been college admissions fraud. With college admissions fraud, there is usually at least one person who helps certain people get into elite universities by aiding them in cheating on exams, passing on bribes or falsifying their applications.

To the average person, the fraud may not seem that damaging, but it is. Many people may lose their positions at top universities as a result of others, many who should not qualify to attend the university, being let in under these false pretenses.

Fraud charges may lead to federal wire fraud charges

This month, former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry began a two-year federal prison stay in South Carolina to be followed thereafter by three years of supervised release. He also faces a $10,000 fine.

Only a year and a half ago, a local news crew ran a story on the nearly $35,000 couch, among other luxuries, in Loughry’s Supreme Court office. The investigation that followed led to 22 federal charges including 17 counts of wire fraud.

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