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Facing fraud charges with a strong defense

If charged with a financial crime, you may be tempted to underestimate the serious nature of what you are up against. After all, if no one was hurt, the penalties may not be very steep. In reality, a conviction for a white collar crime can result in consequences that can change the course of your life. You would be wise to take your case seriously.

One of the most important steps is to learn more about the specific type of charges against you. For example, fraud is a type of financial crime that encompasses a wide range of activities. Understanding the charges allows you to develop a defense strategy that is custom-tailored to your needs and long-term objectives. Even if you do not think the prosecution's case is that strong or you are only under investigation at this point, you will benefit from the guidance of an experienced defense attorney. 

Do you know what to do if police knock on your door?

At least in the initial stages of your contact with police, it's up to you to protect your rights under the United States Constitution. The more you know about your rights, the better off you may be if you end up facing criminal charges at some point in the future.

One of the areas where many people continue to have questions is when it comes to searches and seizures. For instance, would you know what to do if police came knocking on the door of your home? Do you have to let them in? Should you even open the door?

Did a breath test show you over the legal limit

When a police officer pulls you over, it can be a dreaded ending to an otherwise enjoyable evening. You may not have felt as if you had much to worry about because you were not speeding, did not have your phone in your hand and did not consume much alcohol, if any, while out with friends. Still, seeing those flashing blue lights can cause an increased heart rate in anyone.

When the officer approached your vehicle, you remained polite, provided your driver's license and any other requested documentation, and tried to do your best to get out of there quickly. Unfortunately, the officer seemed to suspect that something else was going on. Maybe he or she smelled alcohol or thought your eyes looked bloodshot. Whatever the case, the officer asked you to step out of the vehicle.

New Jersey's new expungement law

When a court convicted you of a minor crime, the judge or your attorney may have explained the consequences. You may have served a short time in jail, paid a fine or spent time on probation. You may have made restitution or completed a drug rehabilitation program. It was not easy, and in fact, some of your obligations may have been inconvenient and challenging.

Nevertheless, you may feel you paid your debt to society, and perhaps you learned something along the way about making choices. What you may not have learned during this time was that your conviction would haunt you for the rest of your life. A criminal conviction, even for minor crimes, can have a devastating effect on your options for the future. Fortunately, a new law in New Jersey is trying to change that for people like you.

Are you facing theft allegations in New Jersey?

Facing any type of criminal charge can come with serious consequences in the event of a conviction. However, each charge and type of crime is different, which means that the repercussions and possible sentences are also different. When charged with a crime, it is important that New Jersey residents understand what is at stake.

Authorities may have recently accused you of some type of theft crime. You may think that the entire matter is a misunderstanding or that the police have wrongfully accused you, but nonetheless, you are in a situation where you must defend against serious allegations in efforts to work toward a favorable outcome.

Don't give police any more ammunition than they already have

If you are like most people, your first inclination when accused of doing something wrong is to defend yourself. You may feel that, if you could just explain your circumstances, the situation would resolve itself. This may work in some instances, but when it comes to potentially facing criminal charges, trying to provide an explanation would probably not serve your interests.

Most people understand from television and movies that they have the right to remain silent. However, they may not know how to make sure they protect that right when faced with questions from police. It's not as simple as staying quiet.

Already have 1 DUI on your record?

Do you have a driving under the influence conviction on your record? If you do, you know you need to tread lightly. One DUI is a serious thing; more than one is even more so.

What may happen to New Jersey residents convicted of multiple DUI offenses? Is there any way to fight a DUI charge if one has a history of committing such crimes? The answers to these questions might surprise you.

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