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Smartphones and social media offer fertile ground for fraud

Findings from an identity theft study conducted in 2015 showed startling results: $16 billion stolen from American consumers in 2014.

Cyber hackers are becoming more sophisticated. They are focusing on social media and mobile banking targets and creating innovative social engineering attacks.

Understanding the different types of drug crimes

When an individual is faced with a drug charge, this is likely a serious situation. While there are clearly more serious offences when it comes to drug crimes, the reality is that many factors come into play when considering the potential criminal consequences for an accused offender. This typically includes two drug type, the quality, the conduct involved and the criminal history of the accused.

While the details of the crime determine the severity of the penalties, one should fully understand the different types of drug crimes going from the least severe to the more serious. To begin, possessing drug paraphernalia is a fairly minor drug offense. This means that the accused is in possession of any equipment that may be used to prepare, inject, inhale or conceal illegal drugs. This includes objects like bongs, pipes, rolling papers and syringes.

What are the penalties for drug trafficking in Pennsylvania?

Whether it is during a search subject to a traffic stop or when law enforcement conducts a search of a person or their residence, when an individual in Pennsylvania or elsewhere is found in possession of a controlled substance or illegal drug, this could result in serious criminal charges. A drug crime could carry with it serious penalties, and depending on the crime, quantity, the suspect's criminal history and other circumstances surrounding the supposed crime, one's life could be seriously impacted by these consequences.

What are the penalties for drug trafficking in Pennsylvania? When a person is accused of drug trafficking or possessing a controlled substance in the state of Pennsylvania, they are often charges with possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance. This charge could carry with it serious penalties, which include a prison term and fines. The severity of the consequences depends on various factors, which include the type of substance, the quantity, the criminal history of the accused and other circumstances surrounding the charge.

Pennsylvania driver charged with DUI and heroin possession

Police make arrests for many reasons. In many cases, officers observe suspicious behavior, causing them to stop an individual. Take for example a traffic stop. A motorist is suspected of violating a traffic law and law enforcement stops them. During a traffic stop, officers may take additional action if they suspect something else may be going on, such as being under the influence of alcohol or drugs. And during investigation, law enforcement may uncover evidence that suggest that the driver may be violating other laws.

This is what recently occurred in Pennsylvania. According to reports, a 49-year-old man was pulled over after he was reportedly driving erratically. The motorist was stopped in Newton near the intersection of Eagle Road and Woodhill Road. Based on preliminary reports, law enforcement received reports of a white Kia weaving all over the road, even driving on the wrong side of the road and breaking abruptly.

What is embezzlement?

Dealing with money is common for most individuals in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. Whether it is personal finances or finances in a person's line of work, dealing with these funds and assets can be a major situation. One has the responsibility to act in a certain matter when being in control of the money of others. Thus, when something goes wrong or money goes missing, it is likely that a person will face allegations of theft. Depending on the details of the situation, one could face embezzlement charges.

What is embezzlement? It is defined as that theft or larceny of the money or property by a person in a position of trust or responsibility of the money or property in question. In most cases, embezzlement occurs in the employment and corporate setting.

Four Pennsylvania doctors facing multiple drug charges

Drug crimes can range from relatively minor possession charges to major charges associated with drug rings. When an individual is charged with a drug crime, it is important for them to understand where it falls on this spectrum. The criminal consequences of a drug charge can be harsh, making it imperative to explore the criminal defense options available to the accused.

According to recent reports, four Pennsylvania doctors are facing criminal charges for writing illegal prescriptions for opioids, fraud and other criminal allegations. One doctor was charged with corrupt organization, 31 counts of unlawful prescribing and 18 counts of prescribing a drug to a dependent person as well as the criminal use of a communication facility.

Is drug court an option for you?

As a Pennsylvania college student, having a drug-related criminal conviction on your record can lead to serious consequences. You may, for example, lose financial aid or student housing eligibility, or in some cases, you may have to pay major fines or even spend time behind bars. Increasingly, however, some people who commit drug-related crimes are learning that they may be able to participate in a drug court program as an alternative to serving time in jail or prison.

Just what are drug courts? Designed to help treat what is often the root of criminal behavior, drug courts, per the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, offer addicts a combination of treatment and accountability. Typically, drug court participants must show up regularly for drug tests and appearances before a judge, and they also must undergo one or more types of substance abuse treatment in order to graduate from the program.

What is credit card fraud?

Nowadays, it is fairly common for individuals in Pennsylvania and elsewhere to not carry cash with them. Because credit and debit cards are convenient, one is more likely to use these to make payments. However, there are concerning issues with these, and it is possible to steal the information of others. While this can cause an individual much financial hardship, these allegations can be very impactful for the accused.

What is credit card fraud? Credit card fraud is a form of identity theft, which involves the unauthorized taking of another person's credit card information. That information is then used for the purpose of making charges to an account or removing funds from it. There are three situations where this crime can be committed.

Traffic stop leads to drug charges

When a driver is signaled to pull over, he or she is likely thinking they will end up with a speeding ticket or a citation for a broken taillight. While this is a possibility, it is also possible that law enforcement is suspicious of other crimes going on. When a police officer believes that a driver is under the influence or smells marijuana, this could cause criminal charges to stem from a traffic stop.

This is what recently happened when a Port Arthur man was pulled over. The stop initiated when officers saw a vehicle was missing a license plate. When officers stopped the 27-year-old man, they stated that they smelled marijuana coming form the vehicle. This resulted in probable cause to search the vehicle.

Helping you defend against embezzlement allegations

There are a few situations where a person is entrusted to handle the assets of another party. A common situation is in the workplace. When someone is entrusted to deal with the finances in the workplace, he or she is expected to handle money and assets properly. If funds are short or not properly distributed, this could cause some red flags. This could also cause individuals in Pennsylvania and elsewhere to face allegations of embezzlement.

There are various situations that could result in a person being accused of embezzlement. Criminal charges could occur if a person is accused of taking another party's property, gaining ownership of property through deception or failing to fully pay for an acquired piece of property.

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