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Married couple faces tax fraud charges in Georgia

The United States tax system is designed for the benefit of all citizens and taxpayers. The funds collected from taxes help to pay for many social services and the infrastructure necessary to maintain society. There are a number of laws aimed at maintaining the integrity of the tax system, and violating tax laws can result in criminal charges. This is what one couple is facing after they were charged with tax fraud in  federal court inGeorgia.

The two defendants, a man and his wife, were accused of conspiring to commit wire fraud by filing fraudulent tax returns during the period beginning in Jan. 2011 and ending in Feb. 2013. The 44-year-old man and his wife were charged with one count of aggravated identity theft and one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Federal prosecutors indicated that the couple filed more than 1,100 fraudulent tax returns electronically.

Man faces drug charges for pharmaceuticals in Georgia

For various reasons, certain types of drugs are illegal, while other types of drugs are legal, and some types of drugs are only legal under certain circumstances. For example, if a person is caught in Georgia with legal prescription drugs without a proper prescription, he or she can find him or herself being arrested by law enforcement. This can result in a person having to face drug charges that can carry serious consequences.

One man is facing exactly this type of situation after he was recently arrested. The incident occurred one evening in early March. The 60-year-old man was found with three types of prescription drugs, according to reports released to the public by authorities. The man reportedly possessed diazepam, oxycodone and alprazolam.

See this blog for more discussion on drug charges

Criminal defense: No-knock warrants in Georgia being debated

Criminal defense: Can the police enter your home unannounced if they have probable cause and a warrant? That is the issue being debated by legislators in Georgia. New legislation allows police officers to use a no-knock warrant only if they have probable cause and a judge signed their warrant. 

A no-knock warrant gives the police permission to enter a suspect's home without any notification. This legislation has led to a serious debate by legislators and the public. Questions surround the legislation, including if a no-knock warrant violates a suspect's privacy, and if the police should be allowed to enter someone's home without any notification.

Drug charges filed in Georgia after search for murder suspect

Unexpected things can happen during a raid by law enforcement. Many times when the police are investigating one crime, they unintentionally find evidence of another crime instead. This seems to have been what what happened in a recent incident in which law enforcement were looking for a murder suspect. Instead, they ended up arresting two individuals on drug charges in Georgia.

The incident happened when U.S. Marshals were attempting to find a murder suspect. However, the authorities ended up making another major find instead. Apparently, while searching for the murder suspect at a residence, the marshals found illegal drugs, as well as drug paraphernalia. This resulted in the arrest of two men on drug charges.

Student could need criminal defense attorney for art project

Terrorism is a serious threat to the safety and security of people around the world. There is no denying the fact that there are those who would go to virtually any lengths to cause death and destruction, which has led lawmakers and law enforcement agencies to approach threats to public safety in a very serious manner. That said, there are cases in which the effort to ensure safety infringes on the rights of Georgia residents to live normal lives. An example is found in a University student who may be in need of a criminal defense strategy following a college art project.

The case centers on a suspicious device observed on an Atlanta bridge. The device was constructed from an aluminum Pepsi can covered in duct tape. There were two small steel pipes mounted on the can, and four electrical wires were visible on the top of the unit. The device also had a note attached, which identified the unit as a slow motion camera, and asked observers to please refrain from moving the device. The Atlanta bomb squad was called to the scene, and determined that the device was not a pipe bomb.

Proposed bill could have criminal defense applications

Readers may be aware of recently proposed legislation that has sparked debate concerning the use of police license plate readers. These devices are able to scan and record images of license plates, giving law enforcement the chance to locate individuals who have active arrest warrants or are otherwise being sought for questioning. The use of these scanners has become common in Georgia and across the nation, and has led some lawmakers to question the limits that might be placed on the use of the devices. The matter also leads to interesting questions about the criminal defense tactics that might be used in cases that involve these readers.

The recently proposed bill would require police departments to delete captured images 30 days after they were gathered. Those behind the bill assert that, while the devices offer a powerful tool for law enforcement, there is a balance that must be sought between combating crime and protecting the rights of citizens. An additional provision is expected to be added that would prevent police from sharing captured images with federal authorities.

4 individuals face drug charges after bust in Georgia

Illegal drugs can be detrimental to a person's health and personal life. They can also cause serious legal problems. This is particularly true for selling and distributing illegal drugs. Four individuals were recently arrested on drug charges in Georgia.

The drug bust happened in early January after police officers purportedly obtained information regarding methamphetamine allegedly being sold at a room in a local hotel. Police officers say they discovered more than an ounce of methamphetamine as well as more than an ounce of marijuana while searching the hotel room. The drugs were allegedly packaged into smaller quantities. The total street value of the illegal drugs was estimated by authorities at $2,500.

Drug Charges:Cops claim Georgia teacher let teens smoke marijuana

Drug Charges: Most teachers are committed to the well-being of their students. In fact, many put in extra hours to help tutor their students to help them be successful in school. However, police claim that a social studies teacher in Georgia was actually allowing teenagers to come to her house to smoke marijuana instead of receiving tutoring.

Police claim that they became suspicious after receiving several reports about multiple teenagers coming in and out of the house. They say that when they arrived at the house, they found what they described as evidence of marijuana use as well as the drug. Both the teacher and her husband have been arrested.

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.

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