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5 Ways to Protect Yourself Against IRS Tax Fraud Charges

Though the IRS pursues very few individuals for tax fraud, it’s one of the scariest charges you can face. In addition to receiving jail time and being saddled with a criminal record, the IRS can charge you 75% penalties if you are convicted of willful tax evasion. The good news is the IRS really kind…

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What You Should Know About the New NYC Revenge Porn Law

Think twice before you hit the “send” button on that racy picture you took of your ex last year. Sharing illicit photographs without the subject’s permission, a practice known as “revenge porn,” is now illegal in the State of New York. It’s a bill that took five years to pass. It died in the Republican-controlled…

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Can Your Search History Really Get You Arrested?

The short answer is yes. It’s happened before. Michele Catalano and her husband got visits from law enforcement over their Google searches.. Gilberto Valle got arrested for his (admittedly disturbing) search history.   And whatever you think of these individuals, what they chose to search, or the reaction of anyone involved, their cases prove it’s…

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3 Ways You Can Become a Cyber Criminal Without Meaning To

Ignorance of the law is no defense in any criminal case, and many people do things with their computers, in ignorance, that could get them in big trouble. Are you someone who could be in danger of being charged for cyber-crimes you never knew you were committing? Are you a pirate? Ever downloaded intellectual property…

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What Are the Conditions of Making Bail in NY?

If you are arrested and charged with a crime in NY, you don’t immediately have a criminal trial. There are several, very important, steps that happen in between. First, you have an initial hearing, which can be coupled with arraignment in federal or state court. During your arraignment, the charges against you are read by…

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Taking the Stand: What to Expect If You Testify in Your Criminal Case

It isn’t always the best strategy for a defendant to take the stand during a criminal case. In fact, there are several situations in which a NY defense lawyer would strongly advise a client against testifying. For example, if the defendant seems uncertain or forgetful of the facts important to a criminal case, then testifying…

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How Do You Know Your Cybercrime Lawyer Has Enough Experience?

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of qualified criminal lawyers in the State of New York. These private defense lawyers handle theft charges, DWI cases, and even allegations of sexual abuse on a regular basis. While defense to any criminal offense requires a substantial amount of training and knowledge, cybercrimes seem to be a category…

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How Should You Define Cyber Terrorism?

Our team at Koch Law has a particular focus on defending cybercrimes, including cyber identity theft, computer fraud, cyber warfare, DDOS attacks, and cyber terrorism. Unlike many traditional practice areas of criminal law, for example, assault or murder, the exact definition of many cybercrimes is consistently changing. What is the reason for a shift in…

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Can You Be Charged with Attempting a Crime in New York?

At the time of your arrest or during questioning by the police, you might be shocked to hear charges for attempted robbery or attempted rape. Similarly, you could be formally charged with attempted identity theft or attempted embezzlement as a federal crime in New York. Have you identified what makes these criminal offenses different from…

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Searching Cell Phones: When Can the Police Search Your Devices?

Last month, we wrote an in-depth blog post on searches of your home and other personal property. This sparked a lot of conversation around searches, warrants, and when law enforcement is permitted to search your property. While the law around searching your home might be well-known and established, the rules around cell phones, tablets, computer…

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