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Types of Immunity in a Federal Criminal Case

If you watch a lot of crime television you’ve probably heard more than one fictional arrestee say, “I want immunity” to investigators. When they do, the audience understands he’s not going to be prosecuted, and that he’ll probably enter the witness protection program. But there is more than one type of immunity, and not all…

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5 Mistakes to Avoid When You’re Under Investigation

Unless you receive a target letter, it’s hard to know if you’re the subject of a federal investigation. There are some subtle signs. Certainly if you’ve done something wrong you should seriously consider you may be under investigation if you start seeing any of them. Any time you begin to suspect you are under investigation…

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4 Possible Defenses for Wire Fraud

Accused of wire fraud? The government thinks you’ve used a cell phone or a computer to intentionally scam someone out of their money, and that your activity has crossed state lines. Wire fraud is a federal crime. It’s an extension of the older mail fraud charge. Take the charges seriously, but don’t panic. There are…

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7 Signs You’re Under Federal Criminal Investigation

Here at Koch Law we often tell clients or potential clients to call our offices as soon as they know they’re under investigation. Things can go south pretty quickly when the federal government is building a case against you. But how would you know? While it’s impossible to know for sure, there are some signs…

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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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