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Accused of tax fraud? Don't let federal prosecutors bully you

There is a significant distinction between state and federal charges, but for many people in Georgia, there may be a significant amount of confusion between the two. Before a person accused of any crime can proceed, understanding the differences between these two types of charges can be crucial to a favorable outcome. Those dealing with federal charges such as insurance or tax fraud may have extra considerations to take into account.

If you're accused of committing a federal crime, your case will be handled by the federal courts rather than the court local to your state. The idea of standing before a federal judge can be understandably overwhelming, but no matter what court you appear in, you still retain the same rights and protections. Most importantly, you are still presumed innocent throughout the entirety of court proceedings.

Criminal Defense:Investment Fraud and Willful Blindness Doctrine

Criminal Defense:   U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain sentenced Bernie Madoff's assistant, Annette Bongiorno, 67, to six years in prison - a lenient sentence far less than recommended by the federal sentencing guidelines.  During sentencing, Judge Taylor told Ms. Bongiorno that she had "willfully blinded herself," and "chose Madoff's blessing" over "her own moral compass."

Police arrest 8 individuals on drug charges in Georgia

Marijuana can come in various forms. One new form of marijuana, known as "ear wax," is becoming more common in some parts of Georgia. However, no matter what form of the drug one is in possession of, it is still against the law. Eight individuals found this out after they were recently arrested on drug charges during two separate drug busts by law enforcement officials.

The series of arrests by local police began in mid-November after three men were arrested at an apartment complex. The three men allegedly were in possession of marijuana ear wax. Police also discovered several objects that they deemed to be drug-related. The three men consisted of two 18-year-olds and one 19-year-old.

Ferguson and Zero Tolerance

Zero Tolerance: A grand jury on Monday declined to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of 18 year old Michael Brown.  It took months for the grand jury to contemplate this decision.  It took St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert P. McCulloch too long to actually announce the decision.  It seemed clear that there would be no indictment since the grand jury took way too long to make their decision.

Drug Charges: Search at home results in 2 arrests on drug charges

When undercover operations lead to the execution of search and arrest warrants, arrests often quickly follow. This was the case for two Georgia residents who were arrested in late October on drug charges. The charges stem from an ongoing investigation by undercover members of a law enforcement narcotics team.

Drug Charges: According to reports, local city and county law enforcement personnel, paired with a narcotics team, went to a residence with search and arrest warrants. As soon as officers entered the residence, they were allegedly shot at by those who were inside. After securing the situation and subsequently searching the home, authorities reportedly discovered marijuana, heroin and Oxycodone, along with over $1,000 in cash and a loaded firearm. In addition, authorities searched a storage unit where they found more heroin.

Georgia mayor charged with sex crimes and theft

A mayor and police chief may have his job on the line after a series of criminal accusations. The Georgia mayor has been accused of soliciting young men for sex. He was charged with sex crimes including solicitation of sodomy and theft.

Authorities were conducting an investigation which lasted for a month and a half. The man is a mayor in Concord and a police chief in a nearby city. According to reports, he abused his position of authority to gain the trust of his alleged victims.  The investigation started when authorities were contacted by one of the alleged victims' grandparents. Throughout the investigation, it was reportedly revealed that the man was using a government issued phone to send inappropriate photos to juveniles.

Sex crimes: High school teacher charged with child molestation

A 24-year-old teacher was recently arrested. She was charged with sex crimes after she was accused of engaging in a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old male student. Georgia authorities charged the woman with child molestation and other sex related charges.

Authorities started an investigation into alleged sex crimes, and then it reportedly revealed that sexual contact started a little less than a month ago. Following a forensic interview, a disclosure was purportedly made that there was inappropriate contact that occurred on more than one occasion. It was determined that there was enough probable cause for an arrest warrant to be issued. The teacher was arrested at the school and booked on her charges.

Sex Crimes - Georgia man charged with child molestation of teen

Sex Crimes - A grand jury recently indicted a 22-year-old man. The man was accused of child molestation of a 15-year-old girl. Nevertheless, all Georgia defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proved guilty of the crimes of which they have been accused.

The man was charged with a number of sex crimes, including rape. According to reports, the man allegedly molested a teenage girl back in December of last year. The sexual contact between him and the teen reportedly happened when he was 21 years of age.

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Criminal Defense: Couple faces criminal charges in infant's death

Criminal Defense: A 1-month-old infant was found dead in a home over the summer. A Georgia couple is now faced with state criminal charges, including involuntary manslaughter, after authorities reportedly determined the baby suffocated while in their care. They have been charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct, both serious criminal charges.

Authorities were dispatched to the home back in June after the infant was found unconscious. According to reports, the baby died while sharing a bed with the couple. Upon further investigation, authorities allegedly discovered that both of them were high on meth and waited over half an hour to call for emergency help. An autopsy was performed and it was revealed that the infant died from asphyxia as a result of the sleep environment. A criminal defense attorney will have to be secured in order to combat these charges.

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