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Sharing passwords may now have legal consequences

Complying with each and every regulation and law that pertains to corporate business is a daunting task. In fact, one new ruling is creating quite a bit controversy within certain business circles because of the implications it has for many end users who use password-protected services. Unfortunately, the laws that govern this particular area are still based on laws meant to protect entirely different systems and do not fully account for how the market has changed in the last couple of decades.

The case revolves around an individual who faces charges over allegedly improperly accessing password-protected data that belongs to a former employer. However, the ruling handed down by a Ninth Circuit judge has wide-ranging implications for many employees and even consumers. The ruling makes it simpler for an employer to pursue charges against an employee who access proprietary data through a password-protected system. However, it also creates a legal grey area for consumers who enjoy password-protected services, such as Netflix or Amazon.

Charged with embezzlement? Here is what that means for you

Criminal charges are scary. You know that there is a lot at stake when you are facing any type of charge, and it can be useful to know what to expect in order to build an effective defense. This is also true of white-collar crimes, even though many people may underestimate the serious nature of these types of crimes.

Embezzlement is a type of white-collar crime, and if you face this particular charge, you would be wise to take your situation seriously. Embezzlement is a type of theft, and it also goes by the term of larceny. This crime usually occurs in a business setting.

Man gets road rage, fires gun into other driver's car

Weapons are very powerful tools that are also a great responsibility. In a moment of aggravation, a weapon may be the last thing you should involve to handle your situation. A man from Jupiter recently found this out the hard way when he succumbed to a moment of road rage and fired a gun at another driver.

According to reports, the incident occurred after the man allegedly cut another driver off on the interstate. The conflict between the two drivers continued to build. Eventually, the other driver responded by passing the man on the right, pulling back in front and then brake-checking him. These tensions continued to rise until the first driver allegedly fired several rounds into the other vehicle.

Florida's fine structure for DUI offenses

In Florida, a person who receives repeated drunk driving charges may face escalating fines and other punishments. No matter what the circumstances of your DUI charges, it is always wise to do everything you can to fight them. Even if you believe that the evidence against you is insurmountable, you may have more options than you realize. With the guidance of an experienced defense attorney, you can examine the circumstances surrounding your charges and determine a strong defense.

DUI offenses are generally broken down by the number of prior offenses on a defendant's record and the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) indicated at the time of the arrest. For first-time offenders, with BAC's between .08 and .15, the fines are between $500 and $1,000. For those above a BAC of .15, the fine is typically $1,000 to $2,000.

Keep calm in the face of fraud accusations

While many talking heads on the news might have you believe that corporate financial fraud is somehow above the law, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) considers identifying and prosecuting it to be a chief priority. Though fraud may take many forms, and is rarely simple to chase down, the FBI considers it a significant threat not only to individual investors, but to the American economy as a whole.

According to the Bureau itself, the majority of fraud charges come against accounting practices that seek to deceive the analysts, auditors and investors who interact with them. They also closely follow indications of corporations and executives making questionable internal deals.

Different types of drunk driving charges

Drunk driving charges are never something you want to receive, but they are not all created equal. Depending on the nature of the offense an officer believes you committed, you may receive charges ranging from infraction to misdemeanor to felony. Depending on the nature of your charges, you could face wildly different sentencing under a conviction.

An infraction is the most desirable type of charge, if you cannot avoid receiving one. While it is technically an offense, infractions generally do not show up on a criminal record and are often resolved easily by paying a fine of some sort. With proper legal counsel, you might get a more serious charge reduced to an infraction, which is the next best thing to having charges dropped altogether.

Forgery and identity theft allegations

Identity theft is an exceptionally common form of theft in the modern world, and nearly every adult has experienced it at some point or another. The prosecution of identity theft and other forms of forgery varies from state to state, but many of the core principles remain the same when confronting forgery or identity theft charges.

Forgery and identity theft are very wide categories, and depending on the nature of your business, may be surprisingly close to your own business practices without you knowing it. In fact, you may unknowingly perform some type of identity theft or forgery crime occasionally or regularly without even knowing it.

Fighting allegations of income tax fraud

Allegations of any type of criminal activity are a serious threat to your personal freedom and virtually every other area of your life. It is critically important to take these matters seriously, especially if there are federal charges at stake. People often misunderstand the true nature of their situation when under investigation for seemingly benign matters, such as tax fraud or other white collar crimes.

Tax fraud does not involve violence or causing harm to another person, and often, it may seem like no one even suffers negatively because of income tax fraud. However, it is a very serious charge that could ultimately result in serious financial penalties and time behind bars. You would be wise to confront these charges with a carefully constructed defense strategy.

BB guns fall under surprising federal regulations

Gun rights and the laws that govern them are a complicated legal area that often touches very deeply held beliefs for individuals on every side of the issue. While gun rights vary from state to state, federal gun laws place some general restrictions on all firearms that regularly supersede state laws. Many people are surprised to learn that federal gun laws extend to BB guns, although many people don't regularly think of them as "real guns."

Despite lacking much of the stopping power of other guns, BB guns still fall under federal gun laws, meaning that many individuals may not realize they cannot legally own or carry one. If you or someone you know owns a BB gun in violation of these federal laws, there could be serious legal consequences.

Am I guilty of embezzlement?

Embezzlement is a serious charge, and is one of several non-violent crimes that can lead, in some cases, to many years behind bars for those convicted of it. If you recently received embezzlement charges, then you should carefully consider your actions going forward. Depending on the nature of the charges, there are a number of ways to defend against these accusations, but this depends greatly on the specific nature of your circumstances.

It is also possible that you do not yet face embezzlement charges, but may be under suspicion by your coworkers or superiors. If this is the case, you can examine your own behavior for any signs that those searching for embezzlers look for.

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