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March 2018 Archives

RICO: Understanding RICO Act crimes and charges

The Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act of 1970 changed the prosecution of organized crime. The RICO Act is a list of 35 crimes, 27 federal crimes and eight state crimes. It creates civil and criminal penalties for people or organizations engaging in patterns of criminal activity. RICO is also used in complex white collar charges.

What is white-collar crime?

The term “white-collar” crime was first used in 1939 at a meeting of sociologists to describe acts or crimes that a person with a high social status commits through his or her job. Today it is used in Buffalo and throughout the U.S. to describe nonviolent crimes committed for financial gain.

Defining acts of vandalism

Some New York residents may think that graffiti is not a big deal. They may not realize, though, that this is considered vandalism. Vandalism can come in many forms and it is important for people to recognize this, as well as understand the consequences of these acts.

Why should I hire an attorney for a DWI charge?

Looking back, you realize that hanging out and drinking with your friends in the Hamburg area would not have been such a bad idea if you had not got behind the steering wheel afterward. Now that you have a DWI charge, you might be wondering how you can keep the situation from getting worse. Not doing anything about the charge you face leaves you at a big disadvantage. The consequences of a DWI conviction are severe, expensive and can affect your life for many decades to come. 

Understanding 5 common examples of white-collar crime

When most people think of white-collar crime, they think of large-scale crimes undertaken by high-ranking bankers and other powerful finance industry professionals. This impression is not necessarily wrong, but it is a bit inaccurate. White-collar crime can in fact occur in many different industries, on many different scales.

Supreme Court to decide if DEA warrant for emails applies abroad

When the Drug Enforcement Administration wanted certain emails as evidence in a drug trafficking case, it got a warrant directing Microsoft to turn them over. That warrant was authorized by a 1986 law called the Stored Communications Act. That law is not up to date. It was written long before cloud communications could even be imagined. Unfortunately, there appears to be no more recent law the government could use.


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