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Charged with embezzlement: What you need to know

Embezzlement is typically defined as the stealing of assets -- whether those assets are in the form of property or money -- from a person who was responsible for those assets. This is something that generally takes place in a corporate environment, where the lines of possession over particular assets are not always clear-cut.

This blog will present a brief overview of how embezzlement is defined under the law, and how the case can be typically defended. Embezzlement can be a very complex issue, but because of this, there are a great deal of defense options that can prove very successful.

A Prince Georges father enters guilty plea for his son's death

A 32-year-old Prince George's County man pleaded guilty on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017 to fatally wounding his 2-month-old son.

The transcript of the court proceedings that day don't go into much detail about how police first became aware of the child's death. They do, however, recount how the father and 24-year-old mother of newborn confessed to killing the child.

A Clinton man will spend 30 months in jail for federal wire fraud

A 37-year-old Clinton, Maryland, man was sentenced on Thursday, July 20 for having stolen cash from a safe he had been entrusted to protect at his job. He will spend the next 30 months in jail, a period of incarceration that will be followed up by three years of supervised release. He'll also be expected to repay the $209,000 it was determined he had stolen during his tenure in working for his employer.

Investigators with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the United States Secret Service first began looking into the theft in September 2014 after a internal grievance was filed against the man. It was around that time that the man's employer, Delaware North Companies, reported that an audit had shown that more than $14,700 was missing from their safe.

Points to consider regarding plea deals in criminal cases

In every criminal case, you can choose the path that your defense will take. Some people want to fight the charges and are willing to stand trial before a jury of their peers. Other people might want to avoid a trial at all costs. If you decide that you want to try to resolve the issue before trial, you might be able to consider a plea bargain.

A plea bargain is something that isn't appropriate in every case. If you assert your innocence in the matter, you shouldn't consider a plea deal because it will require you to plead guilty to criminal charges. In some cases, it is possible to plead no contest to the charge, which means that you aren't saying you are guilty but you are acknowledging that the prosecution has ample evidence against you that could likely lead to a conviction.

Crimes against property: Things to know

Committing a crime against property – such as burglary, theft or shoplifting – can lead to serious punishments including time in jail.

Since you don't want to deal with any punishment related to your charge, it's best to learn more about what happened and how to defend yourself. This is particularly true if you have been falsely or excessively accused.

What happens if you don’t pay your taxes?

Every year, people fail to file a tax return in a timely manner. There are many reasons for this, some personal and some financial.))

Regardless of your situation, you must realize the importance of filing your tax return on time. Even if you are unable to pay any additional money that you owe, it's best to show the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that you are not trying to hide.

Baltimore police unravel a drug conspiracy in Locust Point

A man, along with 10 others, has been caught conspiring to package heroin in a $2,200-a-month luxury apartment. The man is now being held in federal custody.

Suspicions arose back in May, after agents had tracked a person of interest (whom they had seen meet with the man) to the apartment.

Working with you to piece together a fact-based defense

Federal criminal charges aren't ones that you can ignore with the hope that the prosecutors will just decide that you aren't worth the time it takes to prosecute. Instead, these charges demand that you start working right away on a defense strategy so that you don't end up with a hodge podge defense when you are heading into the courtroom for trial.

We know that you might be concerned about your case, but that ignoring it is so much easier. Unfortunately, we can't build a defense if we don't know what happened. You will have to talk to us and let us know what your side of the story is.

Feds to try Prince George's and Montgomery county robbery cases

Prosecutors in both Prince George's and Montgomery counties have decided to drop armed robbery charges that they had filed against three area residents. In doing so, their cases will instead be consolidated and tried in federal court.

Among the three defendants, there are two men from Upper Marlboro. One is 19 and the other is 21. The third is a 19-year-old District Heights resident. Each is charged with having carried out a string of robberies in the two counties starting in late December and ending in early January.

Conspiracy, bribery, mail and wire fraud lead to federal charges

Several Maryland millionaires cavalierly referred to the money they scammed away from both individuals and corporate entities as "OPM," or "Other People's Money."They treated OPM somewhat like it was Monopoly money instead -- using it to fund their opulent dwellings and lavish lifestyles, plus a few well-place bribes among public officials, until the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) lowered the boom on them. They are charged with multiple conspiracies, bribes and wire fraud, among other charges. A number of others were also swept up in the arrests and there's likely to be more arrests as investigators dig deeper into the private financial records they kept.

Finding ways to manipulate and use other people's money for personal gain is often the very heart and soul of white collar crimes -- although most people aren't blatant enough to turn their criminal activity into a private joke.

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